Australian Capital Territory

Canberra's newest suburb about to take shape

THE ACT Land Development Agency last week announced that construction is about to begin on a new residential housing estate at Lawson, in the Belconnen district and located on the foreshore of Lake Ginninderra and adjacent to the suburbs of Kaleen, McKellar and Bruce.

Set on 100 hectares, Lawson is expected to have a mix of about 1,850 low, medium and higher density dwellings and include a small retail centre and community facilities. The suburb is located approximately 2.5 kilometres from the Belconnen Town Centre and 7 kilometres from Civic.

Almost half of the suburb will be reserved as public open space including Reservoir Hill, Lake Ginninderra foreshore and the College Creek corridor. The historic Old Travelling Stock Route, which ran through the site, will be maintained as a distinct path through the use of landscaping, footpaths and interpretive signs.

According to the Land Development Agency, the estate has been planned to orientate the blocks for optimal solar access, incorporate best practice water sensitive design principles and retain natural elements, while active transport will be encouraged through the provision of extensive cycling and pedestrian paths.

Work will start on the first stage of the development this month, with the initial lots expected to go on sale at the end of this year, and it is anticipated that construction of homes will commence by the end of 2014. The first lots to be sold will include 124 single residential blocks and 12 multi-unit sites, for the development of up to 560 dwellings.

The first stage of the development involves environmental controls, remediation of contaminated land, relocation and underground placement of the 11 kilovolt power lines that cross the site, earthworks and construction of infrastructure and roads.

More information is available from the Land Development Agency website at <>.

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