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LANDSCAPING UPDATE – January 2021

Happy New Year to all residents. Villawood would like to give you an update on ongoing landscaping in Albright:

 

Stages 1 and 2

Last year Villawood advised residents in Stages 1 and 2 that after two years, that maintenance of street trees in these stages was handed to Council, while responsibility for nature strip maintenance is now fully by the resident.

We remind residents in these stages that they are responsible to regularly mow and maintain the nature strip at the front of the house, along with the side nature strip if they live on a corner.

 

Stage 3

At the time of landscaping of the streetscapes in Stage 3 in mid-2019 it was found that the soil in some nature strips was of a poor quality. Because of this, Council required that the nature strips of the entire stage be turfed, in line as per Council standards for poor quality soil.
The two year maintenance of the nature strips and street trees in Stage 3 is almost complete. At the time of completion of the maintenance period, responsibility for street trees will be handed to Council, and full responsibility for maintenance for nature strips will pass to residents and land owners.

When this occurs, Villawood will communicate with residents and lot owners in Stage 3.

 

Stages 4 and 5

Last year Villawood advised residents in Stage 4 and 5 that due to poor grass in the nature strips of Stages 4 and 5 that these nature strips would be re-seeded. The existing weeds were sprayed with herbicide and seeds were laid via hydro-seed (a mixture of soil and seed) in December 2020. Unfortunately, the new seed has not taken. As a result, Villawood is organising to re-do the nature strips in Stages 4 and 5.

These works have started with mowing and snipping of the existing nature strips, and applying a herbicide spray. Spraying is now complete. After allowing two weeks for the herbicide spray to do its work, our contractors will install both some turf in each nature strip along with a hydro-seed mixture.

The installation of the turf and hydro-seed are forecast to take place on 1/02/2021 to 12/02/2021. Following installation, a water truck will be visiting each nature strip 3 times a week in order to make sure the turf and grass establish.

We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we work to make sure that the nature strips are healthy and attractive.

 

Stage 7

Like Stages 4 and 5, the seeding of the nature strips in Stage 7 has not taken. The existing weeds were sprayed with herbicide and seeds were laid via hydro-seed (a mixture of soil and seed) in December 2020. Unfortunately, the new seed has not established. As a result, Villawood is organising to re-do the nature strips in Stage 7.

These works have started with mowing and snipping of the existing nature strips, and applying a herbicide spray. Spraying began on 19/01/2021. After two weeks to allow the herbicide spray to do its work, our contractors will evaluate before seeding with hydro-seed. The hydroseed mixture is made up of soil and seed. Seeding of the nature strips is forecast for 14/02/2021 to 17/02/2021.

We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we work to make sure that the nature strips are healthy and attractive.

 

Stage 6

Street trees were installed in Stage 6 in 2020. At that time, grass in nature strips naturally sprouted following the construction completion of the stage, but unfortunately this has not met Council’s requirements of a mix of kikuyu grass mix in nature strips. Because the existing grass is not appropriate, it will now be replaced during late January/February.

This will start with herbicide spraying of the existing grass, which started on 19/01/2021. After two weeks, the contractor will evaluate to see if the herbicide has been successful, and if the nature strips are ready to be seeded using the hydroseed mixture. The hydroseed mixture is made up of soil and seed. Seeding of the nature strips is forecast for 14/02/2021 to 17/02/2021.

 

Stage 8

Street trees in this stage will be installed in this stage during February/March, along with landscaping of the walkway between Scorpio Crescent and Evandale Drive, and landscaping of the park south of Evandale Drive next to the waterway. This second park includes fitness equipment.

Waterways adjacent to Fielding Drive and Evandale Drive

Landscaping is about to start in the waterways along the eastern side of Albright following approvals of the construction of the waterways in late 2020.

Landscaping will begin with spraying of weeds and removal of all rubbish. After that, work with machinery will start to grade imported topsoil and there will be some concreting. Jute mat will be installed along the creek bed to allow for some planting along the creek. Planting will also take place in the creek in some areas, and trees and garden beds will be planted along the shared path.

Landscaping works will be completed mid 2021.

 

Vacant Lots

As advised to owners of vacant lots, Villawood has recently removed rock and rubbish from vacant lots in Albright, and has also mowed some vacant lots.

We remind owners of vacant lots of their obligations to maintain their lots, including putting up fencing to prevent rubbish dumping, regular mowing to keep grass low. Owners are also reminded of their obligations to start construction within 18 months of settlement of their land.

We will continue to provide regular updates on the above works but if you have any questions please contact Madeleine via email at madeleine.lewis@villawoodproperties.com

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE – December 2020

Choose your stage number below to track the construction and title progress of your lot.

Albright

100% Complete
100% Complete
70% Complete

WATERWAYS

The construction of the two waterways on the eastern side of Albright is complete. The waterways will be inspected and audited by various authorities to ensure we have complied with the design plans and relevant standards. Once we have the authority’s approval, we are planning to commence the landscape works. This will occur over the summer months and into autumn of next year.

Primary School Nearly Complete!

Construction of the Primary School was begun by the State Government in December last year and is almost complete. The final touches are being made to the building ahead of opening Term 1 in 2021. in 2021.
The school has been named “Garrang Wilam Primary School”, a name taken from the local aboriginal language meaning “Place of Eucalypts”.

We are pleased to announce that a new Principal, Natalie Nelson, has been appointed who is now accepting enrolments. Please see this link for details on how to contact Natalie to organise enrolment for your child.

For further information regarding the primary school, please see the School Building Authority website

Sports Ovals Coming Soon!

Council is expected to begin construction of the Active Open Space in late 2020. The open space will include a cricket oval, soccer pitches, netball courts and pavilion, as well as BBQ facilities and an informal oval and walking paths. It is expected to be completed by mid 2022.

 

Integrated Family Centre

Council’s Integrated Family Centre is forecast to begin construction in late 2020. This facility will include a Kindergarten and a Council run Child Care Centre and will be co-located next to the Primary School and the Active Open Space. The centre is expected to be completed by early 2022.

STAGE 8 RELEASE 

Great news! This stage has had titles registered at the Titles Office. Your conveyancer or solicitor has been notified and can arrange for settlement. Once this has occurred your land is ready for you to commence the construction of your new home!

 

THE POINT (STAGE 8C) RELEASE 

Electrical and telecommunication installation is almost complete. Sewer and water testing are underway. The stage is starting to look like your future community with the final concreting completed, the lots topsoiled and street signs installed.

Construction is forecast for completion in early January 2020, to allow for titles in late January 2021

STAGE 4A – HAMPTONS RELEASE

This stage has had titles registered at the Titles Office. Your conveyancer or solicitor has been notified and can arrange for settlement. Once this has occurred your land is ready for you to commence the construction of your new home!

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