News & Information | 29 June 2023

Berwick Waters Quarterly Update June 2023

Quarterly Update

Dear residents and community members,

Over the past few months there has been plenty of activity behind the scenes although not as much finished work as we’d like.

As you know, a mix of government, statutory and private organisations is responsible for approvals and delivery of the various major infrastructure works at Berwick Waters, and this means our work progression can be dependent on decisions being made by other parties.

We’re continuing to work with those various parties to forge ahead with the roads, wetlands and town centre works residents are looking forward to.

In the meantime, we’re pleased to report we’ve made good progress on the Bells Road Extension and we have completed our section of work on the Honour Avenue connection.

And we will continue to encourage decisions on some of the other important infrastructure our community needs.

We will also continue to update residents of Berwick Waters via email and keep the community updated via Facebook.

If you live outside Berwick Waters but would like to receive updates by email, please sign up at www.frasersproperty.com.au/VIC/Berwick-Waters/Contact-Us or contact us on 13 38 38.

We appreciate your patience and feedback.

Jill Lim, Development Director – Land, for Frasers Property Australia

Community Project

Who is responsible for delivery?

Status as at June 2023

New road upgrade to connect Soldiers Road to Bells Road (Bells Road Extension)

Frasers Property Australia

Good progress has been made on the new section of road running between Soldiers Rd (where it bends) and Bells Road (where it currently terminates at Thompsons Road).

Kerb and channel work as well as base layer asphalt is now down on some of the road.

The next challenge is the upgrade of a major gas line which runs perpendicular under the road and is owned by APA Group.

This pipeline upgrade needs to be undertaken by contractors appointed by APA Group before we can complete our work on the road. APA has tendered for this work and it’s expected these works will take approximately eight-weeks to complete once their contractor commences on site.

The timing for the completion of this road is dependent upon when APA completes their project. At this point we estimate the road will be open in the first quarter of 2024.

New road connection – Honour Avenue through to Riverstone Boulevard and Macumba Drive

Frasers Property Australia

Unfortunately, we still have not received a permit for the final 150 metres of this road although we understand the permit will be issued to us any day.

This part of the road is complex from an approvals process as it crosses the Victorian Desalination Pipeline. The Department of Energy, Environment, and Climate Action (DEECA), formerly DELWP, must give approval before work can begin on construction around this sensitive piece of State significant infrastructure.

Since our last update we’ve continued to receive and respond to further questions from DEECA and with this current delay completion is now more likely in September.

When completed ownership of the roads will be transferred to City of Casey Council.

New road connection – Honour Avenue from Macumba Drive to Soldiers Road

Frasers Property Australia, Mondous Property Australia and Circa Estate/City of Casey

Multiple stakeholders are responsible for various sections of these roadworks. The range of parties involved is due to land ownership boundaries and the separate planning permit requirements.

FPA’s part is now finished.

Mondous Property and Circa Estate are responsible for the other two final sections of the road that will connect back into Como Parade and Huckerby Drive/Soldiers Road. We are aware Mondous has submitted its plans to Council but is yet to receive approvals.

We understand Mondous will start construction of their section of road shortly after receiving Council approvals.

We understand Circa are discussing the completion of their sections of road with Council and the APA Group.

Upper Banks & Promenade Village and final wetlands

Frasers Property Australia

There are three different wetland areas still to be delivered: The first is adjacent to Upper Banks Stages 1 and 3.

The completion of the works in this area is particularly complex, incorporating civil works including a pedestrian bridge and a vehicle bridge which cut across the precinct. We are coordinating access for the different civil scopes concurrent with finalising tenders for these works. Completion is targeting Q3 2024.

Bulk earthworks of the third and final wetland section commenced in April 2023 and is heading for completion in Q1 2024 when the wetland infrastructure will begin, including pipe connections and rock beaching etc. The ultimate completion of the shared paths etc in this wetland area has not been programmed yet.

College Green Conservation Reserve

Frasers Property Australia

It remains the case that both statutory authorities, Council and Melbourne Water, have different outcomes they want to attain from this space.

We have developed a revised design proposal for Council to submit to Melbourne Water and we hope this will resolve their competing interests. We are awaiting the outcome and continue to push for a decision.

We will seek the earliest possible works commencement date from our appointed contractor as soon as we’re successful in being allowed to commence works.

Sporting ovals (located at Springleaf Avenue between Waterfront and Heritage Hill precincts)

City of Casey

The City of Casey is continuing with their detailed design of the sporting ovals/sports courts in this location.

They have advised that construction of these facilities is subject to future annual budget processes and competing infrastructure priorities.

Residents can contact the City of Casey’s Recreation & Open Space Planning Team on 03 9705 5200 if they have a specific question.

Proposed primary school

Victorian Government (Department of Education and Training Victoria/Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA))

There are two landowners of the primary school site. Mondous Property owns the smaller area, and the developer of Aspen on Clyde owns the remainder.

We are aware discussions have been continuing between the landowners and Council though no sale has yet been reached.

However, the site needs to be filled by landowners prior to any sale. In the hope of expediting the process FPA intends to undertake this fill process for the developer of Aspen on Clyde.

The Waterside Centre (next to McDonalds)

Mondous Property Australia

Mondous Property has appointed an additional leasing agency to help secure businesses for the centre.

Mondous Island Wetlands

Mondous Property Australia

Final landscape construction documentation will be submitted to the City of Casey once they provide approval of a revised landscape masterplan for the area.

The Town Centre

Mondous Property Australia

Bulk earthworks for the stage 1 Town Centre site is interlinked with works on the new road upgrade connecting Soldiers Road to Bells Road. Given the road progress now made we expect to see much more bulk earthworks activity from July onwards.

Civil and building design work continues.