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HerCanberra Team

Welcome to the future.

There are solar panels on every roof. Bike paths and public transport for everyone. Productive community gardens and edible plants on the streets. Instead of concrete drains, there are wetlands.

When we were young, this was the future we had imagined. A future where our environmental ‘footprint’ doesn’t take up five planets, just the one that we’ve got. That future is now one step closer, with Canberra’s newest master planned community, Ginninderry.

Sustainability is a focus here with design, liveability, governance and environmental features that set it apart from ordinary land developments. It’s the region’s first community to be awarded a 6 Star Green Star Communities rating, certified by the Green Building Council of Australia. The certification is internationally recognised and meets strict environment and community standards.

In a time where energy security is daily fodder for the news, Ginninderry has plans for Canberra’s first distributed solar farm, where household rooftops will be used to generate power for the community. Battery storage has been planned for and demand management systems have been mandated in every home, letting residents not only monitor but manage their electricity use, helping to reduce the load on the grid.

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The view from Ginninderry

Taking the household energy footprint one step further, the development doesn’t intend to install gas to the homes in Stage 1, paving the way for the ACT’s target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Managing Director of Riverview Developments, David Maxwell, said “when coupled with solar panels, technologies like heat pump hot water units, reverse-cycle air conditioning and induction stovetop cooking become cheaper to run.

Green housing technologies will also feature in the future display village, to be known as Ginninderry Homes Collection – which is currently being designed. Each home will have a minimum 7-star energy efficiency rating, solar panels, demand management system, double glazing and charging points for electric vehicles.

“We hope that our display village will not only showcase great sustainability features, but will start a conversation between builders and residents of simple, affordable changes that can really effect the running costs of a home”, Ginninderry’s Sustainability Manager, Jessica Stewart said.

Some of Australia’s best minds have contributed making Ginninderry a leader in environmental design, including academics from the Frank Fenner Foundation, the Australian National University and the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living. In total, there have been 65 consultancies representing 88 disciplines building Ginninderry’s design.

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Solar panels being installed at Ginninderry

Protecting the local environment is also vital to the development. More than a third of the land has been set aside as a Conservation Corridor, including approximately 600 hectares of land adjacent to the Murrumbidgee River and Ginninderra Creek. Funding has been allocated to ensure that the Corridor can be enhanced, managed and maintained into perpetuity. A win for little critters like the endangered Pink-Tailed Worm Lizard and for the Yellow Box Red Gum Grassy woodland.

Ginninderry is also opening its first community centre, The Link, at Strathnairn this weekend. As you would expect, The Link has been designed with sustainability ingrained. Literally. The building is made of recycled timber, bricks and concrete and has been designed to not require heating or cooling for the majority of the year. The building also has a 30KW solar panel system with a demand management system and a soon to be installed battery storage unit – allowing the Ginninderry team to showcase the energy savings made possible by designing a smarter energy system.

The Link surrounds also incorporate habitat for frogs, native bees and a wide variety of native plants – creating a place that is part of a much larger ecosystem and providing opportunities for the community to learn about the environment they live in.

Could this be the new benchmark for new Canberra developments? A community vision for sustainability is good for our lifestyle and great for our planet.

*To celebrate the opening of The Link and Ginninderry’s first sales release, why not head along to one of the team’s community information sessions this Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 April from 9am, 90 Stockdill Drive, Canberra? Click here to register your interest in attending, or head to the website for more information on activities and events.

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