Wet­land re­ju­ve­na­tion

One of the Gold Coast’s last work­ing dairy farms is set for a facelift, with a de­vel­oper plan­ning to cre­ate a nat­u­ral show­piece

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - Property - - APARTMENT -

A NE­GLECTED strip of Gold Coast wet­land will be con­verted into a na­ture re­serve as part of a 25ha res­i­den­tial project.

De­vel­oper Villa World has an­nounced that the wet­lands will be­come the “spec­tac­u­lar cen­tre­piece” for its Arun­del Springs es­tate.

The Arun­del reach of the Coom­babah Lake­lands Con­ser­va­tion Area — which is home to a di­verse range of nat­u­ral species in­clud­ing a large pop­u­la­tion of kan­ga­roos — has been locked away from pub­lic view for decades un­der pri­vate own­er­ship as one of the Gold Coast’s last work­ing dairy farms.

Villa World CEO and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Craig Trea­sure said that since buy­ing the Greenacre Drive in­fill site from the O’Brien fam­ily in 2016, Villa World had cre­ated a mas­ter­plan to in­clude ex­ten­sive pub­lic space di­rectly fronting the Coom­babah Wet­lands.

“Villa World sees this de­vel­op­ment as a ma­jor op­por­tu­nity to both pro­vide recre­ational ameni­ties for the lo­cal com­mu­nity and to re­vive an area that has lain waste through years of ne­glect,” Mr Trea­sure said.

“The area is over­grown with in­tro­duced weeds and is choked with sed­i­ment. We plan to ex­ten­sively clean it up and add new plant­ings in line with coun­cil re­quire­ments to cre­ate a beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment for ev­ery­one to en­joy. We have been work­ing closely with the City of Gold Coast which has been very sup­port­ive of this ini­tia­tive.”

The up­grade will in­clude new bike and walk­ing paths to con­nect land­scaped parks and ameni­ties within the Arun­del Springs com­mu­nity. There will also be a series of res­i­dent ac­cess points to the na­ture re­serve and view­ing decks.

Mr Trea­sure said the re­gen­er­ated na­ture re­serve and wet­land would cre­ate a nat­u­ral back­drop along Arun­del Springs Ave — the main ac­cess route through Arun­del Springs.

“Villa World has de­signed Arun­del Springs as an in­ter­ac­tive en­vi­ron­ment to en­cour­age play and recre­ation within the nat­u­ral and ur­ban spa­ces we’re cre­at­ing,” he said.

“The pub­lic spa­ces are de­signed to have min­i­mal im­pact on the Coom­babah Wet­lands, while cre­at­ing a dis­tinc­tive and func­tional en­vi­ron­ment for the pub­lic. This will pro­vide a spec­tac­u­lar cen­tre­piece to the Arun­del Springs project, which is cur­rently Villa World’s flag­ship de­vel­op­ment on the Gold Coast.”

On com­ple­tion, Arun­del Springs will com­prise 306 res­i­den­tial lots and about 80 town homes. The project is ex­pected to cre­ate around 1500 jobs dur­ing its staged de­vel­op­ment.

Arun­del Springs is sched­uled for re­lease in the first half of this year with lots rang­ing from 300sq m to 811sq m.

“Arun­del Springs is a com­mu­nity that will ap­peal to young cou­ples, fam­i­lies and ac­tive re­tirees look­ing to build their dream home,” Mr Trea­sure said.

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