January opening for Everleigh parklands

MIRVAC has released photographs of progress on a new $5.1 million parkland it will open to the public in January as part of its Everleigh masterplanned community at Greenbank.

The new park space will include 1.5 hectares of recreation parkland – equal to the size of three football fields – including an events space and junior playground.

An extra 8,000sqm of linear park will provide a pedestrian and cycle link along a ‘green spine’ between the new recreation parkland and Greenbank Shopping Centre.

The parkland is the first stage of more than 120 hectares – more than 25 per cent of the total site – dedicated as public open space for the residential community and part of a forecast $130 million Mirvac will contribute to community infrastructure networks, including public open space, road and transport infrastructure, and water and sewer infrastructure.

Mirvac Queensland residential general manager Warwick Bible said the new parkland would be for both residents of Everleigh and the broader Greenbank community to enjoy.

“Everleigh will have a strong focus on open space and community –  and this first stage of parkland is designed to embrace both,” he said.

“We see the event space as a fantastic amenity for those who call Everleigh home and a central meeting point for the wider area, and already have plans underway for a regular calendar of social gatherings, along with larger-scale community events.

“In designing the parkland for Everleigh, and the timeline for its delivery, we carefully considered what was available in the Greenbank area already and how we could complement that.

“I have no doubt the new event space, children’s playground and path and bikeways will become a place the whole community can enjoy.

“We are excited about opening to the public and welcoming the community to enjoy this new asset for the area.”

Form Landscape Architects designed the park. Managing director Matt Franzmann said the first stage would create a unique identity for the new Everleigh community.

“The ‘green spine’ linear park will create a strong visual link from the entry through to the heart of the community, with the first stage primarily presenting the green common, which is specifically designed as a place for community gatherings and events,” he said.

“We’ve also incorporated a playground for toddlers and young children, with play opportunities like swings and slides, sculptural elements, climbing nets and forts, as well as barbeque facilities and picnic shelters, all nestled alongside a rocky creek bed.

“As the project continues to roll-out we will be building on these recreational opportunities, with the next stage of parkland to include a playground designed specifically for older children to complement the amenity delivered in this first phase. Ultimately, the green spaces will all link together with over 13km of walking trails and bike tracks.”

Everleigh has been met with high demand, with more than 60 per cent of stage one already sold ahead of completion of the first homesites, which are anticipated to be ready to build-on early next year.

Roger and Jenny Peterson were among the first purchasers at Everleigh. They will downsize from a five-bedroom Regent’s Park home of 20 years.

“With our kids leading busy lives with children of their own, we felt it was no longer necessary to look after a large property, pool and garden and wanted a new home that allowed more time for us and less time on maintenance,” he said.

“We wanted to find somewhere that perfectly suited our lifestyle needs, yet was still close to where I work in Richlands and for Jenny, who works in Rocklea.

“Greenbank is such a thriving area and we immediately fell in love with the Everleigh vision and the beautiful surrounds. It’s comforting to know we are a stone’s throw from all the amenities we could need – yet can enjoy such a peaceful location when we return home at the end of a long day.”

Everleigh will feature about 3,300 homesites, along with conservation parkland, sports fields and recreation parks. A suite of community facilities including a State primary school, neighbourhood retail centre and community health centre.