Delfin re­alises vi­sion

Townsville Bulletin - - Investor - by Martin Rasini martin. rasini@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

A VI­SION for a mas­terp l a n n e d c o mmun i t y o n Townsville’s south­ern borders is set to be re­alised, with its de­vel­oper Delfin Lend Lease plan­ning to bring ini­tial home sites to mar­ket next year.

The pro­ject, to be de­vel­oped on 1594ha near Al­li­ga­tor Creek, will fea­ture more than 12,000 homes, ac­com­mo­date up to 38,000 peo­ple and in­clude a town cen­tre, neigh­bour­hood shop­ping cen­tres, ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties, an en­ter­prise park, recre­ational and com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties. More than a third of the site, a cat­tle prop­erty fronting the Bruce High­way close to the Stu­art In­dus­trial Area, will be de­vel­oped as com­mu­nity park­lands or set aside as open space.

A heads of agree­ment for pur­chase of the site was signed with landown­ers in 2007 and land parcels will be ac­quired pro­gres­sively as the com­mu­nity is rolled out.

Rocky Springs has an es­ti­mated cost of $ 7 bil­lion and will be de­vel­oped over 35 years. It is the third ma­jor pro­ject to be un­der­taken in Townsville by Delfin which in the last decade de­vel­oped the 1200-home Wil­lows Gar­dens and 1600-home River­side Gar­dens.

Rocky Springs pro­ject di­rec­tor Si­mon Walker said yes­ter­day that with re­zon­ing of the site granted, Delfin was draft­ing plans for a 1 0 0 0 - l o t p r e c i nct wit h a neigh­bour­hood cen­tre.

‘‘ The plans will be lodged with the city coun­cil and we ex­pect to make our first re­lease of homes in early 2012,’’ he said.

Mr Walker s ai d Rocky Springs would of­fer a range o f h o u s i n g t y p e s f r o m medium-den­sity and lowmain­te­nance homes to the fam­ily house on a tra­di­tional block.

‘‘ Rocky Springs will be about hous­ing choice and bud­get fIex­i­bil­ity and about cre­at­ing a good liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment,’’ Mr Walker said. ties to ser­vice not only a p r o g r e s s i v e l y e x p a n d i n g Rocky Springs, but also the nearby com­mu­nity of Al­li­ga­tor Creek.’’

Mr Walker s ai d Rocky Springs ul­ti­mately would ac­com­mo­date up to 10 schools, in­clud­ing at least two high schools.

‘‘ On com­ple­tion, em­ploy­ment equiv­a­lent to an es­ti­mated 15,040 full-time jobs will have been gen­er­ated as a di­rect im­pact of the Rocky Springs de­vel­op­ment, with more than 12,000 of them on site,’’ he said.

‘ ‘ This in­cludes an es­ti­mated an­nual av­er­age of 810 e q u i v a l e n t f u l l - t i m e con­struc­tion-r el at ed j obs through­out the life of the pro­ject.’’

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