Some questions have been raised recently regarding progress of the Berwick Waters community and we would like to take this opportunity to provide our residents with a project update. The below contains some important information on recent and ongoing projects around the community, which we hope will provide some clarity on the status and next steps for some of these projects.
- Construction of the oval and sporting facilities adjacent to College Green has progressed well and is expected to open soon for everyone to enjoy.
- Excavation work for the wetlands areas in the Upper Banks and Promenade Village precincts is almost complete and we have now planted around half the aquatic plants that will help bring these areas to life.
- New retailers recently opened their doors at the Waterside Centre at the intersection of Grices Road and Berwick-Cranbourne Road. These include a childcare, medical and dental centre as well as Mexican, kebab and pizza dining options. The new Grayling Primary School also opened at the start of this year.
- We understand some residents are frustrated with construction delays around the Upper Banks and Promenade Village precincts that are impacting progress to complete roadworks along Honour Avenue and Soldiers Road and the wetlands. These delays have been caused by a planning dispute between ourselves and the City of Casey.
- In December, 2019, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) found in our favour and we geared up for construction to recommence. However, the City of Casey then exercised its right to appeal the VCAT decision to the Supreme Court. A Supreme Court hearing is scheduled for February 2021.
We are eager to progress works as soon as we can and when a resolution is reached construction will recommence immediately. In the meantime, there are some important recent updates for residents:
- The City of Casey has confirmed that football ovals planned for the area between the Waterfront and Heritage Hill precincts will definitely go ahead, as soon as ownership of a final portion of land is transferred to it from a neighbouring developer.
- We have asked the Department of Education for an update with regard to the primary school earmarked for the land near the ovals, located partially in the Heritage Hill precinct. As soon as we receive an update we will pass this information on to the residents of Berwick Waters and the wider community.
- Planning for the Town Centre is progressing and our project partner Mondous Property Australia has lodged a Planning Permit application with the City of Casey. A supermarket is regarded as an anchor tenant and is needed to drive foot traffic to smaller retailers to ensure the centre is successful. Supermarkets require a minimum catchment threshold before they can open. Current projections show this catchment threshold will be reached in 2022.
- We want to take this opportunity to assure all Berwick Waters residents that we are committed to delivering on our vision for the community and look forward to progressing works as soon as we are able.