Residents who buy into the new lifestyle offered here at The Gables will soon be able to add ‘largest lake in The Hills’ to the list of features and benefits of living in this masterplanned community. 

The first sod was turned on The Gables’ lake at a ceremony this week attended by The Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne, Hills Shire Councillor Dr Peter Gangemi, Celestino Development Director Matthew Scard, Celestino CEO John Vassallo and JK Williams Managing Director Leigh Hartog.               

Construction of the lake is the first step in the realisation of The Gables Town Centre, which will bring shopping, dining, entertainment, workspaces and residential options to Box Hill. 

Celestino Development Director Matthew Scard said the lake, which is expected to be completed in early 2020, will be a focal point for the Town Centre. 

“Naturally the lake will provide a range of water views for those working, dining and living around it. However, its design also carefully considers a mix of pathway types, planting and green space, as well as steps to the water’s edge, a jetty and boardwalk, seating and a lookout to create a place of vibrancy, serenity and sanctuary.”  

The lake has been meticulously planned using Water Sensitive Urban Design principles to ensure harmonious integration into the landscape and a sustainable future. 

A series of eight offline raingardens will contribute towards water quality and much needed water circulation to ensure improved lake health all year round. Sandstone generated from the earthworks will be reused onsite for elements including the lake base, edge and foreshore. 

Mayor Byrne said that a key focus for Council is to create vibrant, active and inclusive communities where people can live, grow, play and raise a family.

“Council is always keen to see developers provide great infrastructure for our community, like parks, playgrounds and sporting fields that enhance our residents’ quality-of-life,” Mayor Byrne said.    

“This new lake will provide a benefit to the people who will call this area, currently known as The Gables, ‘home’.   “In the meantime, Council will continue working with Celestino to ensure the community gets the best use out of these assets for the longer term in a sustainable way.”  More than 300 homes are now occupied in Celestino’s masterplanned community.