Mil­lions of dol­lars splashed at Yarra­bilba

Land sales at one of south­east Queens­land’s largest new com­mu­ni­ties are on track to hit the 3000 mark this year

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - Property - - APARTMENT - PAULA SHEARER

DE­VEL­OPER Lend Lease has re­vealed it sold $120 mil­lion worth of land in its Yarra­bilba es­tate in 2016.

Buy­ers snapped up 679 blocks last year, tak­ing the to­tal sales to 2500 lots since the project was launched in early 2012.

It is the de­vel­oper’s fastest-grow­ing com­mu­nity with Lend Lease fore­casts show­ing that more than 500 blocks are also ex­pected to be sold in 2017. The 2029ha site, which will take 30 years to de­velop, will ul­ti­mately be home to more than 45,000 peo­ple.

Lend Lease Queens­land com­mu­ni­ties gen­eral man­ager Guy Gib­son said the de­vel­oper was set­ting an­other new bench­mark with its use of sus­tain­able ma­te­ri­als in the project, which show­cases its largest tim­ber sales and in­for­ma­tion cen­tre. Made en­tirely from cross­lam­i­nated tim­ber the in­ter­ac­tive sales cen­tre in­cludes a range of fam­ily-friendly fea­tures and en­ter­tain­ment.

An in­no­va­tive build­ing ma­te­rial, CLT is an al­ter­na­tive to con­crete and steel with a lower car­bon foot­print than other build­ing ma­te­ri­als. The pro­duc­tion process pro­duces zero waste, and tim­bers are sourced from cer­ti­fied sus­tain­ably man­aged forests.

“The use of CLT in the con­struc­tion of the sales and in­for­ma­tion cen­tre cre­ates a sus­tain­able, cost-ef­fec­tive, safe and in­no­va­tive so­lu­tion that sets us apart from our com­peti­tors,” Mr Gib­son said. “The out­come is a seem­ingly per­ma­nent dis­play fa­cil­ity with some­thing for ev­ery­one to en­joy.”

The Yarra­bilba sales cen­tre was de­signed with cus­tomers in mind and fea­tures four in­ter­ac­tive touch screens which con­nect to video walls, giv­ing vis­i­tors a new dig­i­tal plat­form to com­pare de­signs, floor plans and lot sizes.

There is an on-site cafe and chil­dren are kept busy with iPads, a cubby house, chil­dren’s li­brary and play­ground.

The dis­play vil­lage fea­tures 39 new home de­signs, shaded ar­eas, an events lawn with gi­ant tele­vi­sion screen, plus an ob­ser­va­tion tower with views over Yarra­bilba. Sculp­ture art work is due to be in­stalled later this year.

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