Thriving Community of Lucas Set To Grow

May 19, 2020

The established suburb of Lucas is set to grow again with a new neighbourhood called Lucas Grange in planning. Integra is pleased to confirm a 1,100 lot residential subdivision planning application has been lodged with the City of Ballarat this week. The site is located on the corner of Cuthberts Road and Dyson Drive, Alfredton and forms part of the master planned western growth corridor.

The growth of Lucas is helping to bring to fruition Council’s well-established vision for growth in Ballarat West but more importantly it will continue to create economic activity for hundreds of small businesses across the region. The subdivision will provide a much welcome $350m financial injection for the Ballarat economy in the fast growing suburb of Lucas. Employment for a wide range of professions including civil contractors, builders, designers, conveyancers, real estate agents and others will be generated by the project.

Lucas Grange will add to the well-established Lucas community and the announcement has come at a time when current residential land availability is in strong demand and limited. Two large neighbourhood parks and three wetland reserve areas will add to the two schools, town centre and central park via a series of walking and cycling trails. Open Space and Roadways have been designed to link seamlessly to the established Lucas development and the award-winning ANZAC commemorative street name project will continue into Lucas Grange. Lucas Grange is a new premier residential neighbourhood featuring larger, more spacious homesites with wide lot frontages and greater depths.

This project will help to deliver more work to the trades sector keeping Ballarat tradies in jobs and business with a stronger future.

*The construction industry plays a huge part in the Australian economy providing more full-time jobs than any other sector.

LUCAS - A THRIVING COMMUNITY

Development in the new suburb of Lucas began in November of 2011 with 80 per cent of Stage One and two selling out in one month. The initial 14-year development plan is now in its 9th year and with 518 lots remaining, the stage is set for the continuation of the largest masterplanned community in the history of Ballarat and a realisation of Integra’s vision for this community.

Lucas is a thriving master-planned community and dynamic addition to Ballarat connected to a huge range of established facilities, amenities and services. It is designed to provide wonderful homes as well as opportunities including employment, education, retail, commercial and community services.

The whole suburb of Lucas spans around 750 hectares in Ballarat West and is bounded by Remembrance Drive, Dyson Drive, Ballarat- Carngham Road and the Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail and upon completion will be home to around 3,200 new homes. Lucas is currently home to around 2,000 residents and over 50 businesses including the recently announced Australia Post and Vision Australia. Lucas is emerging as one of the most dynamic urban growth areas in regional Victoria.

QUOTES

NICK GRYLEWICZ DIRECTOR OF LAND DEVELOPMENT, INTEGRA

“Following the success of Lucas to date we have fast tracked plans to release more land much sooner than we expected, this new land to be known as Lucas Grange will feature larger, more spacious homesites than traditional with wide lot frontages and greater depths”

“The expansion of the new housing market is a major key to Victoria’s economic recovery and employment because of the multiplier effect generated by the land development & construction industry.”

“If you are in a good position financially and interested in purchasing a new property this could be a once in a decade opportunity with interest rates at record lows”

KEY POINTS

  • Lucas Grange is the newest neighbourhood in Ballarat’s thriving new suburb, Lucas.
  • The masterplanning of Lucas has been over 15 years in planning and has been carefully prepared following detailed consultation and input from Council, service authorities, specialist consultants and the community.
  • Lucas Grange is a new premier residential neighbourhood featuring larger, more spacious homesites with wide lot frontages and greater depths.
  • The Lucas Grange Neighborhood is planned to be connected to the Lucas Town Centre, Education Precinct and Central Park via walking and cycling trails and open space designed to link seamlessly with the established Lucas suburb.
  • Lucas Grange will include two large neighbourhood parks and three wetlands reserve areas
  • Lucas Grange will incorporate 20 acres of open space and parkland in addition to the 50 acres currently being delivered at present.
  • Lucas Grange will predominately feature larger than standard homesites but will also include the more contemporary lot size offerings to suit all lifestyles.
  • The ANZAC commemorative street name project will continue into Lucas Grange – more information on the street name project can be found at https://www.propertyandlandtitles.vic.gov.au/naming-places-features-and-roads/anzaccommemorative-naming-project
  • Construction on the new neighbourhood will be an important and significant boost to Ballarat’s economy, delivering more work for the Ballarat development industry, creating new jobs and helping to retain a skilled workforce
  • Integra have worked collaboratively alongside the City of Ballarat, VicRoads and the Corangamite Catchment Authority to get the application to this stage and we thank them for their support and input.

To register your interest, visit lucasballarat.com.au/grange

CURRENT LUCAS PROJECTS

The Lucas Central Park development is currently in full swing. The 3 million dollar park will include a two tower giant adventure playground, a 25m flying fox, agility trail, nest swing, wizards hideaway hut, boulder climbing wall and spinning four arm swing. Plus a series of wetlands, toilet facilities, BBQ and Shelter area, scooter track, Basketball/Netball/Soccer court and new native plantings and stone arrangements. All of this will back onto a full size football oval for all to enjoy now and into the future.

IMPORTANCE OF THE DEVELOPMENT INDUSTRY

  • The Victorian development industry directly employs around 310,000 full time employees, contributes around 12 per cent of the state’s gross domestic product and $4.6 billion in taxes to all tiers of government.
  • The development industry also underpins business for the range of professional skills in engineering, town planning, environmental sustainability and water management, landscape design, banking and sales and marketing.
  • In a 2016 study conducted by Renplan the development and building industry is identified as the second most important industry to Ballarat in terms of economic development for the city second only to our strong manufacturing sector. The construction and building industry accounts for approximately $1.7 billion in economic output each year.

BACKGROUND ON INTEGRA

  • Family business – 35 years in the development industry in Ballarat
  • Supporting local sporting clubs and foundations through programs and partnerships.
  • We love to create vibrant, sustainable communities and commercial spaces and we are proud of each and every project we work on. So proud, in fact, that we live and work in our own developments.
  • We maintain a regional focus, personal service and a commitment to meeting complex design requirements that maximise the monetary and lifestyle value for our partners and the community alike.
  • Our vast portfolio of residential, civil and commercial developments across Ballarat, Bendigo, Melbourne, South Western Victoria and Queensland has evolved to be one of consistent quality and producing industry leading results.
  • We are a proud local developer with a history and reputation of not just being a property development leader but a strong corporate contributor to the local community.

Note:

*The construction industry is a backbone of the Australian economy providing more full time jobs than any other sector. https://australianjobs.employment.gov.au/jobs-industry/industry-overview

Victoria Rushton

Community Engagement Coordinator

victoria@integragroup.com.au

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