L-R: John Vassallo - CEO, Celestino; Ray Williams - Member for Castle Hill; Clr Dr Michelle Byrne - Mayor, The Hills Shire Council and Matthew Scard - Development Director, Celestino
Western Sydney based Civil contractors, Western Earthmoving (WEM) were awarded a civil contract worth over $40 million to deliver two gateway intersections into The Gables and earthworks, roads and infrastructure for the first 540 lots.
Matthew Scard, The Gables Development Director from Celestino said that the start of civil works, the recent approval of The Gables masterplan, and the Voluntary Planning Agreement with The Hills Shire Council allows for the delivery of facilities in the contemporary urban community at The Gables.
“Not only is the project being delivered at no cost to Government, The Gables residents will receive the benefits of living in a masterplanned community that provides over $315 million worth of community infrastructure, services and utilities.
“We are extremely excited to start construction at The Gables. Our ultimate goal is to have our first customers moving into their new homes for Christmas 2017,” said Mr Scard.
Completed over 12 years, The Gables will eventually be home to over 13,000 people and around 4,000 dwellings, with a future mixed-use town centre, multiple open spaces and parklands, sporting fields and a proposed central lake.
John Vassallo, CEO of Celestino said the commencement of the civil works at The Gables sets in place the foundation of Celestino’s vision for the new community.
“Celestino is committed to creating a landmark address at The Gables, where the town centre, education facilities and recreational precincts provide outstanding amenity for the local community,” said Mr Vassallo.
Mr Vassallo added, “we aim to make The Gables one of the most liveable communities in The Hills District and the North West growth area of Sydney,”
“We are creating a new town in north west Sydney, where residents can benefit from The Gables’ high quality local amenity, a variety of community facilities and well connected and safe open spaces. These are all parts of the agreed vision with The Hills Shire Council under the Voluntary Planning Agreement,” said Mr Vassallo.
Celestino’s agreement with The Hills Shire Council for the project’s Voluntary Planning Agreement covers land dedication and works that includes the delivery of:
- Multiple intersections and associated road network covering 55km
- 85 hectares of active and passive open space
- Regenerated riparian and creek corridors, returned to natural water corridors
- A network of cycle and walking paths linked to open space corridors, the town centre, recreational facilities and roadways.
- Water Cycle Management Strategy
- Proposed lake adjacent to the town centre
- A K-6 primary school co-located with one of two sporting fields
- Nine neighbourhood parks embellished with play equipment
- Incorporation of public art throughout the open spaces, and
- A community centre.