Gold Creek Homestead Precinct
Gold Creek Homestead Precinct
Frequently Asked Questions
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?
We will engage with stakeholders and the community to identify and deliver facilities and activities to best meet community preferences.
These might include, 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 will be 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.
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
• Homes designed to meet the Gold standard of the Living Housing Australia design guidelines providing age appropriate design elements and fit out.
• 100% electric energy for the retirement living and homestead operations
• High levels of efficiency and thermal comfort of buildings including double glazing
• Target of 20% reduction in embodied carbon through using reused and recycled materials
• Segregation of organic waste streams from general waste and onsite treatment option
• Low carbon transport options including cross-block active travel footpath link to facilitate
• We will promote positive social sustainability outcomes through a range of initiatives, celebrating a proud local history from first nations to present day through our workforce and placemaking.
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 community engagement will there be?
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 preliminary plan for the site to reflect these themes.
Community engagement will be conducted in three phases:
First Phase (current)
The first (current) phase of community engagement will provide scope for community feedback on the plan and any potential facilities, activities and partnerships that could deliver a vibrant intergenerational precinct.
This feedback will guide the development of a concept plan with proposed facilities, activities and partnerships for the precinct.
The second phase of community engagement will present the concept plan and provide the opportunity for feedback to further refine the plan and inform activation of the site.
The final third phase of community engagement will be undertaken prior to Development Approval lodgement.
Lendlease will engage with the local community regularly, continuing to build on the understanding of the cultural significance of the site.
We will collaborate with stakeholders and community members to refine precinct plans and develop initiatives to activate and involve residents and community members. Engagement actions will include meetings, webinars, information sharing and communication tools including the precinct website, plans and feedback forms.
How will the First Nations people be included?
Careful engagement and planning will ensure 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 project to be delivered to the community in 2024.
How can I make sure my views are considered? Who can I contact for more information?