Ginninderry will take shape as a series of villages, arranged along a tree-lined avenue connecting pedestrians, cyclists, public transport and cars to local facilities. This grand entry boulevard will be flanked by impressive homes, presenting a welcoming “front door” to the community. It will have wide verges, a segregated safe cycle-only path, shared paths, trees and hedges and room for future traffic growth.
There will be a community hub focused on Strathnairn, after which the first suburb is named, as well as proposed community, sporting, cultural and recreational facilities. Higher density attached homes will spread out along a linear park, with quiet spaces, play spaces and a community garden all readily accessible. Links to the river corridor will invite you to explore this unique natural environment.
Eventually, Ginninderry will consist of four suburbs – three in the ACT and one in NSW(subject to rezoning approval). Each one will have a range of housing types. Different parts of these suburbs will have different characteristics.
- The Market Centre
- The Market Centre will feature a town square, multi-functional spaces and buildings up to six storeys high. This will be a vibrant hub of economic and social activity for the area. The Market Centre will be roughly in the geographic centre of Ginninderry and will be located on Parkwood Road. It’s likely to be commenced around 2022.
- The Urban Village
- The Urban Village will be close to the Market Centre. It will include apartments, terrace homes, mews and single dwellings, close to cafés, restaurants and other small businesses. There will also be pocket parks, playgrounds and community meeting spaces to create energetic precincts within Ginninderry.
- Traditional areas will be characterised by detached one and two storey homes on larger blocks, generally on more undulating land. These will offer a more conventional suburban lifestyle with access to open spaces and parkland.
- Conservation Edge
- Conservation Edge areas will provide an important transition between the higher density urban area and the river corridor. These areas will have more informal streets with homes incorporating building materials and colour pallets that complement the natural elements of the corridor. Roads fronting the corridor will be one-sided and integrated with pedestrian, cycling and potentially equestrian trails.
The first neighbourhood will be in the vicinity of Stockdill Drive in the southern part of the site, next to the existing Strathnairn Arts facility. Complementing the landscape is Ginninderry’s recently completed multi-purpose community centre, The Link, adjacent to the Strathnairn Homestead. This major asset, designed by noted architects Collard Clarke Jackson and built by Manteena, provides spaces for training, community gatherings and other project initiatives, as well as additional exhibition spaces for the Strathnairn arts community.
The Link is also home to the Ginninderry development and sales team, and will ultimately become a centre for the local community to use and enjoy. ArtsACT have an executive lease over the site, with Strathnairn one of their public art facilities. The Link will serve as an entry point and visitor centre for the conservation corridor which runs along the Murrumbidgee River and Ginninderra Creek.
The river corridor will provide nature conservation, recreational, educational, tourism, scientific, cultural and other community benefits and will be managed by a conservation management trust. The Link will be the hub and meeting space for community groups and organisations – allowing the project team and new residents to think about how they influence and interact with the environments within and surrounding Ginninderry.
Learn more about The Link.
Ginninderry includes land in both the ACT and NSW. For the development to occur, the land on both sides of the border needs to be rezoned. The ACT Territory Plan Variation (DV351) was approved in 2015 with an amendment to the National Capital Plan announced in July 2016. Planning and discussions with the community have been ongoing since 2013 for both the ACT and NSW components of the project site.
For the NSW component, the formal rezoning process and community consultation phase is anticipated to to commence in the first half of 2019, with a decision likely in 2020.
Development is expected to commence at Stockdill Drive (the eastern boundary of the site) and extend westward in stages. Assuming that 300 dwelling sites are released each year it will take almost forty years until the development is complete.
It is likely to be at least 10 years before the development crosses the NSW border. An earlier start may be possible to open up access to Ginninderra Falls.
Ginninderry will have a wide range of home types. No matter what your age or stage of life, there will be something for you. We want to attract people with different budgets and lifestyle aspirations, to create a vibrant and interesting community.
Research by the Australian Institute of Family Studies indicates that the make-up of households in Australia has changed dramatically in recent decades. Between 1986 and 2011 there has been a 5.6 percent decrease in the number of family households in combination with a 5.5 percent increase in lone person households.
Many home-buyers are now looking for low-maintenance housing options to suit their busy lifestyles. This means that there is an increasing need for different types of homes within new communities. At Ginninderry there will be a wide range of housing products including house and land packages and turnkey options that make it easy to buy a brand new home.
These will include apartments, townhouses and terrace homes. The ‘Flexi-living Series’ will also be developed at Ginninderry — these are architect-designed innovative terraces and other compact homes.
There will also be a range of single dwellings and traditional suburban blocks – detached homes (cottages) on compact lots, detached one and two storey homes on larger blocks and “Streetscape Homes” (detached family homes with a rear lane access for garaging), to suit a range of budgets and lifestyles.