Current and future residents of The Hills largest masterplanned community, The Gables, came together in their hundreds to mark the growing neighbourhood’s fourth birthday on Sunday 15 September.
Hosted by developer Celestino, the 1,220-strong crowd ate their way through a whopping 800 ice creams, 400 gourmet picnic hampers and 500 sausages on a spectacular spring day.
Celestino Development Director Matthew Scard said the team was delighted to see so many people take the time to enjoy the celebrations.
“To go from 400 people attending our first birthday party to this, just three years later, is remarkable. The popularity of the event really confirms the strength of our community. We are extremely proud to see our vision for a thriving neighbourhood of like-minded people become a reality. But this event, more than any other, also demonstrated how proud our residents are of The Gables and their investment.”
The Gables community is built around essential social and lifestyle amenities, from open green spaces to themed playgrounds, a 4-hectare lake – now under construction – and the future town centre, public school, community centre and sports fields.
More than 330 homes are already occupied with many more under construction supporting the high population growth projected for the area. New rail lines, light rail and bus corridors will all make the site even more accessible.
Mr Scard said that in challenging markets many developers put down their tools and stop building but “Celestino is different”.
“Work has not stopped. We are building the lake, the town centre and completing preparatory earthworks across approximately 60 hectares.”
A year ago The Gables’ 3rd birthday was held on the town centre and lake site, however with the lake now 50 per cent complete, the location for this year’s event was moved to the east to allow residents to see the progress on the lake and town centre for themselves.
“A real highlight was the opportunity to look through binoculars at the site of the lake under construction and future town centre,” says Mr Scard. “With staff on hand to help residents compare key features on large scale maps with the landscape in front of them, it really added to the excitement and anticipation for the future.”
With the sun shining and live music playing throughout the day, guests were treated to coffee, slushies, gourmet picnic lunch hampers and snacks of fairy floss and popcorn.
There was a wide range of activities for all to enjoy, including an inflatable maze, giant slide, mobile gaming, performing ponies, petting zoo with native animals, hair braiding and a role play Junior Tradie area complete with little diggers. Big and little kids enjoyed displays from NSW Hockey and the chance to climb aboard JK Williams’ trucks, diggers and excavators.
Residents were also invited to meet one-on-one with interior designer and author Emma Blomfield to learn more about the five basic principles of decorating and how to apply them to certain rooms of the house. Guest Renee Brown was also delighted to go home with a complimentary consultation with Emma after picking up the lucky door prize.
Mr Scard said one of the many extra touches that sets The Gables apart is the welcome all new residents receive from Community Facilitator Katie Watson.
“Katie’s energy, enthusiasm and meticulous planning was very evident on the day and we thank her for leading the Celestino team in organising and running such a fantastic event.”
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