Googong North is located 16kms from central Canberra, and sets a new benchmark for socially, economically and environmentally sustainable greenfields communities.
It is the first of five self-contained neighbourhoods in the Googong development bringing lifestyle choice, affordable housing and infrastructure to the growing region. Due for completion in 2020, more than 1,800 of the 2,000 homes are built.
A highlight is the $133m Integrated Water Cycle system providing recycled water to homes and public spaces and reducing potable water consumption by 60 per cent.
Almost 25 per cent of development land has been reserved for public open space including landmarks that celebrate the region’s Aboriginal and colonial history and protected habitat for the vulnerable Pink Tailed Worm-Lizard.
The development will also include a community centre, sports club with indoor pool, gym and tennis courts, three ovals, two dog parks, seven playgrounds and 10 kilometres of paths.
These awards are fantastic recognition of the huge effort and foresight that has gone into the project including more than a decade of environmental, ecological and heritage studies.