Our Vision

From the start, our vision for Ginninderry has been to create a sustainable community of international significance in the Capital Region. By raising the bar for best practice in sustainability, design, construction and innovation, we aim to create a world-class community that delivers an exceptional quality of life for Ginninderry residents.

Ginninderry has been planned with an eye to the future. Around 30,000 people will one day make their home in this spectacular setting that extends across the ACT and NSW border. Consisting of 4 suburbs, the community will grow over 30 years, at the rate of three or four hundred homes a year, to an eventual total of 11,500 homes.

Fast Facts

1,600

hectare community

596

hectares conservation land

30,000

residents

30–40 years

to complete

6,500

homes in the ACT

5,000

homes in NSW

5

minute walk to a park or open space from every home

10

minutes to Belconnen Town Centre

20

minutes to city centre

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Facilities

We consulted extensively with a huge number of stakeholders and people in the community about what they wanted and needed in a new development and developed our Masterplan accordingly.

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The Team

Ginninderry is a joint venture between Riverview Projects and the ACT Government’s Suburban Land Agency. Discover their vision for the creation, project management and ongoing development of Ginninderry.

Timeline

See how Ginninderry has progressed to date, and how it will continue to be rolled out over the next 30 years.

  • November 2013

    Community and Stakeholder Vision Workshop attended by more than 100 people over 4 days, contributing to the development of our draft Masterplan.

  • October 2015

    Ginninderry ACT Rezoning approved.

  • July 2016

    Strathnairn and Macnamara announced as first two Ginninderry suburb names.

  • September 2016

    Ginninderry awarded 6 Star Green Star—Communities rating by the Green Building Council of Australia.

  • April 2017

    The Link community centre is built.

  • April 2017

    First land sales for Strathnairn Stage 1.

  • February 2018

    Gas-free residential trial launched.

  • April 2018

    Strathnairn Stage 1 construction begins.

  • July 2019

    Land sales for Strathnairn Stage 2.

  • October 2019

    Ginninderry GX Display Village officially opens.

  • February 2020

    First Ginninderry residents move in.

  • 2022

    Strathnairn scheduled for completion with 1800 dwellings.

  • 2023–2032

    Macnamara built with 4800 dwellings.

  • 2033–2042

    Third surburb built with 7800 dwellings

  • 2043–2055

    Fourth suburb built with 11,500 dwellings

Origins of the Ginninderry name

Ginninderry is derived from an Aboriginal word meaning ’sparkling’ or ‘throwing out little rays of light’. It symbolises the creek that flows through the district and is a fitting acknowledgment of both the Indigenous and European heritage of the area. Its reference to the stunning river corridor that runs through the land has both historical provenance and contemporary relevance.

Ginninderry’s first suburb is named after the property of Strathnairn, located in the Belconnen district. The property was originally part of the land grant awarded to 19th century explorer Captain Charles Sturt and was established as a mixed grazing farm in the 1920s.

In January 1934 the rural lease was transferred to Mr Ian Hamilton Baird who named the property ‘Strathnairn’. The Baird family farmed the property until 1974 when the lease was resumed by the Commonwealth.

‘Strathnairn’ was first leased for community arts activities in 1977. The Strathnairn Arts Centre continues to provide working spaces and facilities for a range of artists, crafts people and community groups, and is incorporated into the Ginninderry Masterplan.

Awards

WinnerGinninderry Stage 2A & 2B1 – Huon, Calibre Group and Riverview Projects

Civil Construction Federation Earth Awards

WinnerCivil Subdivision for Strathnairn Stage 1 – Huon, Calibre Group and Riverview Projects

Master Builders and Asset Construction Hire Excellence Awards


WinnerEvent or Brand Experience for GX Ginninderry Experience Display Village – Coordinate and Riverview Projects (ACT) Pty Ltd

Australian Marketing Institute Award for Marketing Excellence (National)


Winner2020 Green Star Champion

Green Building Council of Australia


WinnerSignificant Contribution to Heritage Conservation for Ginninderry Local History Study

National Trust of Australia – ACT: Heritage Awards


WinnerACT Industry Collaboration Award for Ginninderry Construction Program

ACT Government – ACT Training Awards


WinnerProject Value $30 Million to $75 Million

Civil Construction Federation Earth Awards


WinnerCommendation – Strathnairn – All Electric Suburb

Planning Institute of Australia National Awards for Planning Excellence

WinnerCentrepiece Award for Exemplary Leadership in Ginninderry Master Planning

Place Leaders Asia Pacific


WinnerPublic Engagement and Community Planning

ACT Planning Institute of Australia Awards for Planning Excellence


WinnerThe Link – From Plan to Place

ACT Planning Institute of Australia Awards for Planning Excellence


WinnerStrathnairn – All Electric Suburb

ACT Planning Institute of Australia Awards for Planning Excellence


WinnerCivil – Hydraulic Award

Master Builders Association ACT


WinnerProject Value under $2 million

CCF Earth Awards


WinnerACT Woman of the Year (Emma Sckrabei)

ACT Government

WinnerInclusion in Private Sector Employment (Ginninderry Team)

ACT Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards


WinnerMentor of the Year (Emma Sckrabei)

National Association of Women in Construction ACT Chapter Awards for Excellence


WinnerACT Industry Collaboration Award (SPARK Strathnairn Construction Program)

ACT Training Awards


WinnerWestfield Local Heroes – Belconnen Award (Emma Sckrabei)

Westfield Local Hero Awards


Finalistdu Chateau Chun Award for Future Leader of the Year (Jessica Stewart)

Property Council of Australia Innovation and Excellence Awards


CommendationSustainable Architecture (The Link)

Australian Institute of Architects ACT


CommendationAward for the commercial buildings under $5million category (The Link)

Master Builders Association ACT


Regional Achievement AwardIndustry/Community Partner of the Year (SPARK)

TAFE NSW Excellence Awards


WinnerInnovation Excellence (The Link)

Actsmart Business Sustainability Awards

CommendationPublic Engagement and Community Planning

Planning Institute Australia: National Awards for Planning Excellence


WinnerAward for Emerging Leader (Jessica Stewart)

National Association of Women in Construction ACT Chapter Awards for Excellence


WinnerOutstanding contribution to ACT Heritage (Ginninderry Development Project Aboriginal Cultural Assessment)

National Trust of Australia – ACT: Heritage Awards


WinnerACT Property Business of the Year Award (Riverview Group)

Property Council of Australia


WinnerFuture Directions Committee Award for ACT Future Leader of the Year (Jessica Stewart)

Property Council of Australia


WinnerGroup Achievement Award (SPARK)

Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Awards


Encouragement AwardBrandon Duncan, SPARK Graduate of West Belconnen Construction Program

CITC Graduating Apprentice and Industry Encouragement Awards


WinnerACT industry collaboration award (Belconnen Community Service Childcare Pre-Employment Program)

ACT Training Awards

FinalistACT industry collaboration award (Belconnen Community Service Childcare Pre-Employment Program)

ACT Training Awards


WinnerPublic Engagement and Community Planning

Planning Institute Australia: ACT Division Awards for Planning Excellence


WinnerNational Landscape Architecture Award (West Belconnen Landscape and Open Space Strategy)

Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

WinnerNational Landscape Architecture Award

Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

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