By Darren Coyne
A proposed $20-million development will deliver 222 apartments for workers, according to an application lodged last week with the Lismore City Council.
The Altitude 2480 development would occupy 32 acres and comprise 60 buildings, made from natural materials and all fitted out with the latest solar and storm-water recycling technologies.
Green Visions development manager Scott Wharton told Echonetdaily that the development aimed to be one of the ‘biggest and [most] affordable sustainable developments anywhere in Australia, especially the east coast’.
Mr Wharton said the community would be constructed on land adjoining Fisher Street and Casuarina Drive in Goonellabah.
He said it would be developed over four stages, with the first stage to commence after approval of the development application (DA) by Lismore City Council.
Planning started 18 months ago following the release of the Lismore Housing Strategy 2012, which identified a need for affordable one and two bedroom apartments in the region.
‘The region currently has a one per cent rental vacancy rate, so there is a real need for new affordable living spaces, particularly for people working in key service industries on a low to moderate income,’ he said.
‘Our apartments will start from $240,000, which offers an exciting opportunity for investors and owner-occupiers alike.’
A key feature of the proposal is that the vast majority of the development would be constructed off-site in industrial sheds in Lismore, creating about 100 jobs.
There would be minimal disturbance to the site due to construction methods which don’t require a concrete slab, and a stormwater management system would supply all toilets, washers, common areas and landscaping.
Mr Wharton said the north-facing site was well positioned to take advantage of the sun, with a solar field proposed to supply all electricity to the development.
Other features include vegetable gardens, outdoor barbecue facilities, a 20m lap pool, playground, walking and bike trails, and a men’s shed and/or community meeting place for residents.
‘Our ultimate vision is to create a living space with a strong sense of community and environmental awareness,’ he said.
Mr Wharton said the DA was lodged last week following a series of pre-lodgement meetings with council staff.