Olivine estate offers an outdoor lifestyle for healthier living
A park inspired by the magical stories about Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by children’s author May Gibbs is sure to delight little ones and stimulate creative play at Mirvac’s Olivine community in Donnybrook.
The proposed Gumnut Park and Adventure Playground, which is expected to open in late 2019, is one of 15 parks planned for the development in Melbourne’s north that also features more than 100ha of conservation reserve abutting Merri Creek.
Elysa Anderson, general manager of residential for Mirvac, said the 4ha Gumnut Park would be nestled among the estate’s 200-year-old river red gums.
“The playground will feature whimsical structures, slides and climbing pods to inspire adventure, exploration and discovery,” Ms Anderson said.
And there will be plenty of scope for fun, given most of the houses at the 465ha estate have been designed within a 200m walk of a park.
“Paying respect to the land is very important to Mirvac and the community, so 22ha at Olivine will be dedicated to parks, waterways and planned sporting reserves including two ovals,” Ms Anderson said.
With a strong focus on creating a community that is well connected, the estate will feature about 4000 lots and eventually be home to about 11,000 residents.
It will also feature a network of landscaped walking and cycling paths to encourage healthier living and create an easy link between homes and schools, the proposed town centre, sporting facilities and Merri Creek.
“With major shopping centres, transport and employment hubs close by, residents will never have to travel too far to find what they need. It will be a connected community in every sense,” Ms Anderson said.
“Olivine has been designed to bring people together and a place where residents will find plenty of ways to enjoy life, including communal areas with barbecues, picnic tables and a pavilion.”
Early delivery of amenities and services is another priority. Hume Anglican Grammar’s Donnybrook campus has opened in the estate, providing residents with convenient access to education. The coeducational school is offering prep to year 3 levels this year, and will expand its year levels from next year, to ultimately become a prep to year 12 school.
Olivine’s cafe and general store are scheduled to open this year.
The cafe, which will overlook Gumnut Park, is part of a social-enterprise project between Mirvac and the City of Whittlesea to help reduce social isolation by encouraging residents to connect with each other. Profits from the cafe will be invested back into the community to create local jobs.
As well, Mirvac has plans to roll out phase two of its House with No Bills pilot, which was first launched at its Jack Road community in Cheltenham in 2017.
“The initiative to build a home that incurs no energy bills will progress further here to incorporate water and waste technology, too,” Ms Anderson said.
Located about 2.2km from Donnybrook train station, Olivine is a 15-minute drive to Craigieburn and has easy access to Melbourne Airport and the CBD via the Hume Freeway.
Block sizes: 356sq m-547sq m
Price range: $285,000-$350,000
Sales office: 1025 Donnybrook Rd, Donnybrook
Open: 1-5pm Mon; 11am-5pm Tue-Sun