Since 2010, Rod Rose and Mick George of Eco Logical Australia have been providing expert bushfire advice to our team. They have ensured that our bushfire management plan has met the satisfaction of the ACT and NSW emergency services; the concurrence of these agencies is a necessary pre-condition for rezoning in both NSW and the ACT. We will continue to ensure that our project not only meets, but surpasses standards for bushfire protection. With 2033 being the earliest that any development will occur on the NSW side of the border, we will ensure at that time that we are still adhering to best practice across all aspects of our project, including bushfire management.
The ACT Government is participating in the project as part of a land development joint venture, in the same way that it develops land within the ACT. It therefore has a commercial interest in the NSW land, but no ‘government’ role.
Yes. The development will be a major boost to the economy of the ACT and the Yass Valley, with around 300 homes being built per year over 40 years. The project team will work closely with the Yass Valley business community to ensure that local businesses are aware of opportunities.
The development will not impose any cost burden on the rest of the Yass Valley and will provide benefits, including:
- Opportunities for Yass Valley businesses to bid for work required for the development over the next 40 years
- Opportunities under the project’s Training and Employment initiative for YassValley residents
- Access to Ginninderra Falls after many years in which the public has not had the opportunity to visit this magnificent natural feature
The total size of the site is 1,600 hectares; of this, approximately 600 hectares are in the Yass Valley, and 1,000 hectares are in the ACT.
There are a range of options currently being investigated and considered for delivering services into this area. Given the eventual size of the population, all services could be delivered by Yass Valley Council, the NSW Government, and the private and non-government sectors. Alternatively, services could be delivered by the ACT Government, the private sector and non-government organisations. In some cases, e.g. policing there are opportunities for innovations. The Yass Valley Council will be the ultimate decision-maker on service-delivery issues.
Infrastructure requirements have been calculated based on the combined population of the NSW and ACT components of Ginninderry, which will be approximately 30,000 people when the development is complete.
No. The only access from the development to the rest of the Yass Valley will be through the ACT.
At this stage, it is anticipated that development of the Yass Valley component will commence in 2033 and be completed in 2055.
There is currently no intention that the border be moved. Extensive research has shown that Ginninderry can function as one community spanning two jurisdictions.
The gateway determination has found that the proposed development has merit. In this instance, the decision has been made to seek the adoption of a separate LEP for Parkwood. Doing so will ensure that the planning controls and land use zoning is tailored and much more specific to the special ecological and cultural features of the land, and better reflects the unique cross-border setting of Parkwood. Additional studies have since been undertaken and a revised gateway determination sought. Once that has revised determination has been issued, formal community consultation will then take place. The timing of that community consultation is subject to any particular requirements of the gateway determination and Yass Valley Council.
The Corkhill family, which owns Riverview Projects, has been a rural landowner at Parkwood in the Yass Valley since 1984. Previously, the Corkhills owned a farm at Gundaroo. The Managing Director of Riverview Projects, David Maxwell, has a long family history in the Yass area. A Yass newspaper report from the 1800s told the story of one of David’s ancestors being held up in Yass by the notorious bushranger, Johnny Gilbert.
Yes. Yass Valley businesses will have the opportunity to bid for work on the project over a 40-year period, both through direct contracts with the project and through sub-contracts with other companies.
The community has been planned to look and feel borderless. Wherever possible, facilities and services will the same or similar in the ACT and NSW.
It is anticipated that there will be approximately 13,000 residents in the NSW component of Ginninderry by the completion of the development in 2055.
There are a range of mechanisms to fund services depending on what the service is. For municipal or local government services, these are typical funded through rates. Yass Valley Council will collect the rates and transfer the funds to the ACT Government, if they are delivering the service. Many ‘state’ level or higher order services such as health and education can be funded via the Grants Commission processes for allocations to states and territories. Other services such as water and childcare are user pays funded.
These residents will be NSW residents. They will therefore vote in the Yass Valley and NSW elections.
The NSW residents will benefit from local governance arrangements that enable them to be engaged in and advocate for particular local needs and interests. The exact form of these community governance and engagement mechanisms for NSW will be determined by the Yass Valley Council in future years, and would be expected to evolve with the development of the community itself, taking a phased approach.
It would be reasonable to expect that there would be a Council Place Manager in the first phase of the development. As the population grows, a community committee would be formed under Section 355(b) of the NSW Local Government Act, but responsibility for these decisions would rest with the Yass Valley Council at the appropriate time in the future.
Civil infrastructure will be provided and funded in the normal way by the developers (namely the Joint Venture between the ACT Government and Riverview Developments, along with the other NSW landowners in NSW).
Facilities and services will be funded by a number of means depending on the service. For example, user pays charges will apply for services such as water. Garbage collection will be funded through rates, public schools will be funded by the Government, while private child care facilities will be funded by the provider.
Yes, Ginninderra Falls will be open to all residents and visitors at an early stage of the development, subject to planning approvals.
Moving the border is an option that has been considered. It is possible but not necessary; however we are working with the ACT and NSW Governments and Yass Council to ensure that the complexities related to cross-border or border-adjacent communities, such as the one proposed at Ginninderry, are resolved prior to development commencing in NSW.
The timing of the formal consultation required as part of the rezoning process on the revised NSW planning proposal is subject to any particular requirements of the gateway determination. In the meantime, a shopfront display is in place at Trader & Co. in Yass, to enable the public to familiarise themselves with the proposal. The formal community consultation is the responsibility of Yass Valley Council.
For the development to proceed in NSW, the land needs to be rezoned either via an amendment to the Yass Local Environment Plan (LEP) or the preparation of a new LEP for the Parkwood area. The LEP amendment process and the new LEP making process are essentially the same and involve a number of steps.
In summary, a proponent requests council to consider the rezoning of a parcel of land. If council agrees a planning proposal is prepared and submitted to the Department of Planning and Environment for a gateway determination. The ‘gateway’ determines whether the proposal has merit and specifies any technical studies that may be required to be completed prior to community consultation.
Following consultation, the determining authority considers the technical studies and community feedback and approves or rejects the proposed amendment or new LEP. If approved, the development is allowed to proceed subject to the necessary subsequent development consents of council.