Gold Creek Homestead Precinct

Gold Creek Homestead Precinct
Frequently Asked Questions

Updated June 2022

What is the status of the Gold Creek Homestead Precinct? 

Lendlease has completed the three phases of engagement on the Gold Creek Heritage Precinct. 

Our design has progressed to address feedback and comments received which is reflected in the Community feedback from Phase 3 is reflected in the plans included in the Lendlease Development Application.

Key feedback items received from the community include:

  • residential aged care facility offering and bed numbers
  • facilities provided including a café
  • travel and parking
  • safety/security
  • environment, in particular the dam
  • construction impacts
  • rural and First Nations heritage

What was the key feedback received and actions taken?

Topics of interest to the community have included the following key areas; Residential Aged Care, environment, central homestead precinct facilities, café, parking, flood management, fencing and traffic safety.

Design amendments to address these points have included:

  • Sustainability initiatives including increasing the size of the new water feature and providing a soft edge with plantings to encourage insects and birdlife; provision of light coloured roofs; expanding the use of electric and solar energy including investigation of electric vehicle charging points.
  • Modification to fencing and the transport link between The Grove Retirement Village and the retirement village extension.
  • Increasing the number of aged care beds. Reconfiguring the aged care facility car park and provision of a café available for aged care residents and community members.
  • Bicycle parking has been introduced in the plan close to the homestead building.
  • Inclusion of a bush tucker garden to reflect First Nations representative preferences and a yarning circle in the Central Homestead Precinct.
  • Landscaping to retain historical elements including tree retention where possible and native species.
  • Design of the homestead stone cottage refined to reflect community preference for meeting and exhibition space. Central Homestead Precinct to include seating and significant open space suitable for health and wellbeing activities.
  • Modification of the Monty Place and Gungahlin Drive intersection to improve safety.
  • Comprehensive Construction Management Plan will ensure issues such as water runoff are professionally managed.


What is the vision for the Gold Creek Homestead Precinct?

Gold Creek Homestead Precinct will be a vibrant, intergenerational place for residents and the community to enjoy.

We want to create an intergenerational precinct that is sustainable, inclusive and builds on our existing connections with the local community.

We have embraced the rural and cultural heritage of the site. Significant landscape values and history has been retained and celebrated in our proposed precinct plan and concepts, which will be open to community engagement and feedback during the design phases.


What will the precinct include?

At the heart of the 4.8 hectare site at 1 Monty Place, Ngunnawal, the central precinct will feature sensitive restoration and activation of the Gold Creek Homestead buildings and gardens. The original Gold Creek homestead, kitchen wing, and slab hut will be restored including rejuvenation of the surrounding garden and windmill.

There are plans for a 45 villa extension to the Lendlease The Grove Ngunnawal Retirement Village and an Arcare residential aged care home.

A new entry drive from Monty Place will echo the alignment of the original driveway and improved traffic and pedestrian safety at Gunghalin Drive-Monty Place intersection will be undertaken.

Cross-block pedestrian and cycling travel connections will be provided through the site.


What community facilities and activities will be provided?

Community facilities and activities are a focus for current engagement activities. We will continue to engage with stakeholders and the community to identify and deliver facilities and activities to best meet community preferences.

These might include community markets, bush tucker garden, art and craft facilities, yoga and wellbeing activities, lecture series and social events.


Who is Lendlease, what is their role?

Lendlease was announced as the preferred tenderer in March 2021 for the Gold Creek Homestead Precinct and has now exchanged contracts for the site with the Suburban Land Agency. Lendlease’s successful tender concept included a preliminary plan which has endeavoured to capture the place and community values of this historic site.

The preliminary plan has been refined in consultation with stakeholders and the community.

Lendlease will own and operate the new retirement villas as part of the existing The Grove Ngunnawal retirement village; and will retain and manage the central precinct.

Residents at The Grove Ngunnawal enjoy resort-style living with a clubhouse with indoor heated pool, gym, dining area, theatre, arts and crafts room, library and computer facilities. The clubhouse, bowling green and men’s shed are located within beautifully landscaped gardens.

Lendlease is Australia’s largest owner, operator and developer of retirement villages, with more than 30 years’ experience in retirement living. We operate 75 villages throughout Australia.


Who is Arcare?

Arcare has been chosen by Lendlease as their partner to develop the residential aged care home. Arcare will become the future owner and operator.

The proposed offerings will cover the full continuum of senior housing services, including independent living, and a new circa 100 bed residential aged care home providing skilled nursing and dementia care. Facilities will include a café accessible by all in the community.

Arcare, is an innovative and creative industry leader, with over 40 years’ experience and 43 5 star residences in Queensland, NSW and Victoria.

Arcare is committed to nurturing the well-being of residents, team members and family by fostering trust through consistency and commitment.


What sustainability initiatives will there be?

Lendlease goes beyond compliance to be a leader in environmental performance.

Our Sustainability Plan includes initiatives such as:

  • 5-star Greenstar ‘communities’ rating
  • 100% electric energy for the retirement living and homestead operations
  • Low carbon transport options including cross-block active travel footpath link
  • We will promote positive social sustainability outcomes, celebrating a proud local history from First Nations to present day.

We are progressing with the 5-star Greenstar Community Accreditation with the Green Building Council of Australia.


How will safety be managed?

Safety is our number one priority.

Our design proposal promotes the security of all current and future residents, as well as the general public. These elements include accessible pathways, discrete security arrangements for the residential areas, good lighting, sightlines and a design that supports passive surveillance.

We are carefully managing Covid-19 risks.


What will the landscaping be like?

The landscaping strategy for the site addresses the ACT Living Infrastructure Plan to increase the urban tree canopy and create a climate resilient city.

A 30% tree canopy and 30% permeable surface target will be incorporated into the design.

New plantings will be designed to reflect the Homestead’s heritage and will flow into the existing village landscape of The Grove.

Trees will be planted to provide shade and creating a more comfortable microclimate on the site. Existing trees and natural features of the site will be preserved where possible to maintain the environmental and cultural values of the site.

A cross block active travel link will be provided that will be accessible by the public to connect the surrounding travel network.


What is the community engagement process?

Suburban Land Agency formed a community and stakeholder engagement panel to inform a Precinct Development Brief. The Precinct Development Brief includes five themes to guide development of the site: a new place with a long past; a caring inclusive place; a rural oasis; sustainability; and ongoing considerations.

Lendlease has developed a design masterplan for the site to reflect these themes.

Community engagement has been conducted in three phases:

First Phase

The first phase of community engagement provided scope for community feedback on the plan and any potential facilities, activities and partnerships that could deliver a vibrant intergenerational precinct.

This feedback guided the development of a concept plan with proposed facilities, activities and partnerships for the precinct.

Second Phase

The second phase of community engagement presented the concept plan and provides the opportunity for feedback to further refine the plan and inform activation of the site.

Third Phase

The third phase of community engagement presented the Pre Development Application Plan and explored activation of the site in more detail. Refinement was undertaken prior to Development Approval lodgement. 


How are First Nations people being included?

Careful engagement and planning is ensuring cultural heritage is preserved.

We are engaging with First Nations people associated with the site and we will be guided by their preference in developing initiatives to bring the cultural heritage of the site to life.


Will locals be able to work on the project delivery? Will there be ongoing jobs for locals?

Gold Creek will generate local employment opportunities in aged care, healthcare, retail and hospitality sectors.

We will seek to appoint local suppliers and community partners and provide jobs and training opportunities for First Nations people.


What is the project timeframe?

Lendlease plans to lodge a development application in 2022 that will detail plans for the precinct, with the current program delivering the project to the community in 2024.


Who can I contact for more information?

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