The Riverlea dream

Buckland Park Aerial

Developer’s new plan: Buckland Park envolves

WALKER Corporation has unveiled new plans for the $2 billion Riverlea master-planned community at Buckland Park.

The new plans come as part of a fundamental review of the project’s timing, scope and structure to ensure it complements the Playford Growth Project and incorporates new elements including a three-hectare lake.

Executive chairman, Lang Walker, said the vision for Riverlea had evolved rapidly over the last six months after a decision to build a neighbourhood centre at the heart of the 1340-hectare precinct and expand residential allotments around the community hub.

“While the review has delayed some progress on the ground, our focus has sharpened on the design, features and evolution of Riverlea as a master planned community over the next 30 years,” Mr Walker said.

“At the same time, government has introduced a series of new initiatives designed to accommodate population growth in Adelaide’s northern suburbs and ensure the necessary infrastructure is in place to meet the demands of South Australians.”

Riverlea will be nearly 50 times the size of Adelaide’s Botanical Gardens, more than twice the size of Mawson Lakes and the same size as Mount Gambier.

Its development will transform the region, bringing new challenges for local councils.

Mr Walker said Stage One of the project – to be known as Riverlea Park – would include two schools, a neighbourhood centre, open space, walking and cycling trails and an aquifer storage recovery water body as a lake.

Plans for Stage One have been lodged with the appropriate authorities for consideration and review

“We look forward to working with the City of Playford and the State government on delivering South Australia’s largest master-planned community,” Mr Walker said.

Walker Corporation has already invested more than $50 million in building the necessary infrastructure around the precinct to enable the supply of gas, water and power to future homes and businesses located in the precinct.

Walker Corporation General Manager, Communities, David Mann, said capital works including the movement of more than 630,000 cubic metres of soil on site would get underway once all approvals for Stage One of the project had been granted.

“Stage One will incorporate the delivery of the neighbourhood centre, more than 500 allotments and a new intersection on Port Wakefield Road,” Mr Mann said.

The refined plans followed significant market research which showed buyers were seeking ‘value for money’ property opportunities rather than a mix of affordable and premium homes.

“Understanding buyer sentiment is an ongoing process and we continue to talk with planning experts and prospective purchasers about what they want to see at Riverlea – from the shape of the neighbourhoods to the amenities that must be part of each stage,” Mr Mann said.

Riverlea has been the focus of a comprehensive water management strategy prepared by Adelaide-based engineers Wallbridge and Gilbert.

Centrepiece of this strategy is the creation of a lake system and a network landscaped waterways running through the Riverlea precinct that will ensure stormwater is retained for use across the residential development.

An estimated 80 per cent of water that falls on the Riverlea site will be recycled and collected for use by residents.

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