Ginninderry

Fast Facts

The Ginninderry Development will be an innovative, diverse and sustainable community on both sides of the ACT – NSW border.

  • The total area of land covered by the development proposal is over 1600 hectares. Of this around 800 hectares are protected in the open space network including the river corridor/conservation area.
  • Ginninderry will become home to up to 30,000 residents on completion.
  • There will be approximately 11,500 dwellings overall, with some 6,500 in the ACT and 5,000 in NSW(subject to rezoning approval). It will provide a diverse range of housing and lot sizes to suit a wide range of budgets, buyers and lifestyles.
  • It will take 30-40 years for the development to be complete.
  • The first release at Ginninderry commenced on 8 April 2017.  To register for the draw click here.
  • Parks and open spaces are conveniently located throughout the community with each home positioned within a 5 minute walk of a park or open space.

  • 2kms from the Kippax Group Centre providing access for everyday needs including a library, supermarkets, a post office, pharmacy, newsagency, food, fashion and variety stores as well as Church and Community facilities.
  • Just ten minutes from the Belconnen Town Centre, which houses government departments, a community centre, the Westfield Belconnen Mall and an arts centre
  • Just 15kms from the city centre – less than 20 minutes by car.
  • Close to existing community facilities and services including schools. Additional facilities and services will be provided at Ginninderry as the community grows.
  • Ginninderry is being undertaken as a joint venture by the ACT Government and Riverview Developments, with Riverview Projects acting as development manager.

Questions + Answers

The Joint Venture (JV) governing Ginninderry is an undertaking between the two development entities; the ACT Government and Riverview Developments Pty Limited (Riverview) on behalf of Corkhill Brothers Pty Ltd (Corkhill).

The Ginninderry Joint Venture project reflects a set of sustainability objectives encapsulated by the vision “Creating a Sustainable Community of International Significance in the Capital Region”

The Joint Venture is a unique outcome of a concept brought to the ACT Government in 2006 by the Riverview Group, part of the Corkhill family, owners of freehold grazing land in NSW (since 1984) and adjoining grazing land in the ACT (since 2004) .

Rezoning of the ACT land was approved by the Commonwealth and Territory Governments in 2016 following comprehensive scientific research and extensive community consultation. With the addition of the Corkhill land in NSW, the Ginninderry development footprint has more than doubled compared with reliance on the ACT land alone.

The development will cross the ACT border at West Belconnen onto adjoining land in NSW. The first of its kind involving the ACT Government, the cross border project requires consideration of several zoning and planning issues to ensure the new community’s success. The project has substantial benefits for both parties, as well as future residents of Ginninderry and the broader Capital Region community.

The current planning proposals will see four suburbs (three in the ACT and one in NSW) being built with different characteristics and benefits, creating a diverse neighbourhood for residents. Eventually, over the next 30-40 years, these new suburbs will house potentially 30,000 new residents in up to 11,500 dwellings. This major enterprise has been projected to create around 4,000 jobs* and will provide up to a third of the ACT’s land supply (in addition to Gungahlin and Molonglo) to meet projected housing requirements over coming decades.

*              West Belconnen Development Employment and Economic Resilience Green Star Report 11 March 2014: http://ginninderry.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Urbis.-2014b-Employment-analysis.pdf

In consideration of each party’s interest in developing the ACT and NSW land and working jointly to achieve aligned objectives for the development, it was agreed that the equity each party had in their own land would form the basis for an equivalent share of a joint venture.

Based on the land contribution and the projected financial outcome, a ratio of 60:40 was agreed as representative of each party’s share of the project. This split was as a result of a rigorous assessment of the proposal by central Government agencies all of which led to the ACT Government endorsement of the project in May 2016. The rigour of these processes ensures that the governance and probity under which the project operates are following best practice for this type of venture.

It is noted that the Corkhill family, in surrendering its ACT grazing leases which were not due to expire until 2103, received compensation at rural land values only.

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All sales related questions can be found under the Sales section of this website. Click here for details.

A number of sites have been identified on the master plan for schools. Demographic modelling suggests that up to 4 schools will be needed (including one high school). Given the long time scale of the Ginninderry project the need for this many schools will be reviewed at key points during the development.

Traffic on both of these roads will increase over time and a number of roadwork improvements are planned to accommodate this. Details are available in the traffic report by AECOM – download here.

The key roads that will serve the proposed development are Southern Cross Drive, Drake Brockman Drive and Ginninderra Drive. William Hovell Drive and Florey Drive are also important. Currently these roads are operating satisfactorily during peak periods.

Detailed modelling has been undertaken to assess roads and traffic in the western portion of the existing Belconnen urban area and in the proposed Ginninderry project area.

The modelling has identified a range of necessary road upgrades. Details are available in the traffic consultants (AECOM) report.

Some of the horse agistment paddocks, because of their location in the buffer zone near Ginninderry eggs will not be developed for at least 20 years. In anticipation of the future need to find suitable alternative paddocks in the local region, the project has already begun to investigate new site options for horse agistment.

The ACT Government (TCCS) in the interim is undertaking a strategic review of horse agistment ACT wide. Long term future of horse agistment in the ACT and at Belconnen will be resolved through this strategic review.

The development at Ginninderry offers an opportunity for Ginninderra Falls to be reopened to the public. Ginninderra Falls will be part of the conservation corridor.

Considerable work will be required to ensure safe access ways (pathways) and lookout infrastructure as well as car parks and commercial facilities such as a visit centre, café. The plan is that these facilities would be funded by the Ginninderry development.

It is anticipated that there will be land and house-and-land packages available in a range of prices, from the affordable end of the market upwards.

There will ultimately be 11,500 new dwellings at Ginninderry.

It is hard to give an average block size as we are planning on providing a wide range of housing styles to reflect people’s lifestyles and budgets. Home styles will range from apartments, townhouses and sections of semi-detached and attached houses commonly referred to as semis or terraces. This style of home is typically on small blocks. Detached homes will range from cottages on compact lots through to one and two storey homes on larger blocks. Near the edge of the development where the land begins to slop there will be some quite large blocks possibly up to 1500m2 but these will not be the norm. Closer to the commercial centre there will be smaller blocks for townhouse living and unit developments. In between these we expect the average size for most of the suburban developments will be around 400-500m2.

The Ginninderry project has conducted intensive environmental investigations over a period of years, leading to an environmental assessment under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, which is complete. In circumstances like this the ACT Planning and Development Act makes special provisions regarding the need for further environmental assessment.

More information:

EIS fact sheet

It is the planning logic that provides the impetus for the project. As the population of the ACT grows there will be demand on existing areas of the city to provide housing accommodation. The land at West Belconnen provides new opportunities for some of this growth to occur, and the JV provides a means for this growth to be delivered.

The statutory planning document for the ACT (the Territory Plan) has sought to maintain a buffer of land between ACT suburbs and the NSW border. This limited the extent to which the Territory could continue development of new residential land in the District of Belconnen.

The Joint Venture, with the addition of the Riverview land in NSW, more than doubled the Ginninderry development footprint compared with reliance on ACT land alone – an additional 477 hectares or 5320 dwellings. This reflects not only the NSW land (3260 dwellings) but the ability, given the inclusion of the NSW land, to build houses in the ACT right up to the border (2060 dwellings) rather than leaving a buffer and only developing 3080 dwellings.

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The terms of the JV provide that, if the rezoning fails, the Territory retains control over the NSW land adjoining the border and the Territory then hold the rights to any future outcome available on the land, having developed the abutting land in the ACT.

This approach to protecting the Territory’s interest, should there be an issue with rezoning NSW land, not only provides a sound financial basis for agreeing to a joint venture but also provides considerable incentive for Riverview when seeking agreement with the NSW Government to have the land in NSW rezoned.

In the event the rezoning of NSW does fail, the JV project would continue on a 60:40 basis, but would revert to a much reduced area of 508 ha, all within the ACT. Notwithstanding this being an extreme scenario, the Territory would still have 60% of a 508 ha project, equivalent to 305 ha, which is more than the original, base case scenario of nearly 300 ha (without the Joint Venture).

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The existing activities occurring on the Ginninderry site will be accommodated in various ways as the project proceeds. Read more here.

The Ginninderry project will potentially involve the construction of 11,500 dwellings at a reasonably steady rate over a 30 to 40 year period. This will involve the importation to the site of a large volume of products with a very high level of commonality – in simple terms, the same products will be used in many houses. This provides the potential for the application of supply chain management techniques to improve the efficiency of the importation and distribution process.

We are looking into a supply chain solution depot and management centre at Ginninderry (a 1–2 ha site within the landfill) which will act as a distribution centre and delivery service area for construction materials on site. The depot will decrease the number of delivery vehicles (including articulated lorries) travelling to the construction sites and result in fewer unnecessarily early deliveries – without a consolidation centre, deliveries from further afield would generally arrive early to avoid late delivery penalties. This leads to certain logistical problems including trucks waiting to be unloaded at site, causing local congestion issues.

It is anticipated that Ginninderra Drive will be extended into the Ginninderry project area. This will ensure better access to Charnwood and beyond to east Belconnen, Gungahlin and Civic. One of the key advantages of good access to Charnwood is reduced travel times from the emergency services centre in Charnwood to new housing and services in Ginninderry.

The proposed conservation corridor encompasses areas of habitat for the endangered Pink tail Worm Lizard and Yellow Box Red Gum woodland. The corridor adjoins both the Murrumbidgee River and Ginninderra Creek and includes a total area of 596ha (390ha in the ACT and 206ha in NSW).

The corridor will include about 6km of Murrumbidgee River frontage and the length of the Ginninderra Creek from the suburb of West Macgregor to its confluence with the Murrumbidgee – including the Ginninderra Falls and Gorge.

The creation of this reserve will mean that the Ginninderra Creek corridor, which commences at Mulligans Flat in Gungahlin and extends through Gungahlin and Belconnen, will be linked to the Murrumbidgee River which in turn connects to the Molonglo and upstream Murrumbidgee corridors.

The Murrumbidgee River Corridor zone will be recognised and maintained as a major conservation and recreation area. The public will have access to it for recreation purposes. Conservation areas will be established to protect important ecological and cultural features, particularly habitat for the threatened Pink-tailed Worm-lizard (Aprasia parapulchella) and Yellow Box–Red Gum grassy woodland, areas of Indigenous significance and those associated with European settlement of the area.

The landscape and open space strategy prepared for Ginninderry proposes access and trail facilities that will allow general recreation access to the corridor for picnicking, walking, bike riding an the like.

Construction of The Link , Gininderry’s new multi purpose centre opened in April 2017. Civil construction is targeted to commence in early 2018. 

It will take up to forty years until the development is complete. 

The development will be complete in 2055.

The first sales release is targeted for early 2017.

The proposal is for the development of the land in Ginninderry and adjacent NSW for residential and related purposes. The proposal also includes a conservation corridor along the Murrumbidgee River and Ginninderra Creek to be used for recreation, conservation and fire protection.

The urban residential area will include additional opens space including wetlands and creeks, community uses such as school and recreational facilities, as well as retailing and employment uses.

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