The tender for civil construction work on a new suburb in Canberra has been awarded, with construction underway on the first stage of the Ginninderry project which is set to deliver a substantial proportion of Canberra’s greenfield land supply and offer affordable, sustainable and innovative housing.
The Ginninderry Joint Venture has awarded local civil engineering company Huon Contractors a $30 million plus contract to complete civil construction for the development’s first suburb, Strathnairn.
Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Yvette Berry, said, “With a focus on innovation, Huon will deliver road infrastructure and servicing for the first 350 dwellings associated with stage one of Canberra’s first six-star rated, Green Star development.
“The 18-month civil works contract is also tipped to provide a significant boost to local employment and the Canberra economy, with Huon to draw on its established team of experienced home-grown talent to fulfil project requirements.
“Not only has the Ginninderry Joint Venture committed to delivering a new vibrant, connected and contemporary community, it will also continue to be a source of jobs for Canberrans by requiring that 250 of the jobs for the stage one project to be local jobs.”
Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA) CEO, Romilly Madew, praised the project team for its outstanding commitment to delivering on the vision of creating a sustainable community of international significance.
“GBCA’s mission is to accelerate the transformation of Australia’s built environment into one that is healthy, liveable, productive, resilient and sustainable. Partnerships such as those between GBCA and the six-star Green Star awarded Ginninderry development are integral in helping us to achieve that,” Ms Madew said.
Riverview Developments Managing Director, David Maxwell, thanked the ongoing commitment of his team.
“Today, we witness the beginning of something great – not only for the project but for future developments nationally and internationally, as a new benchmark is set in the creation of sustainable, liveable, environmental and people-focused developments,” Mr Maxwell said.
The first stage will also formalise public access to the Murrumbidgee River corridor, which will be protected and enhanced by the establishment of a Conservation Management Trust.