Delfin realises vision
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.’’