Preserving History and Environment: North Harbour’s Award-Winning Sustainable Community

Preserving History and Environment

North Harbour is creating a sustainable community to support future generations, providing multiple and varied recreation spaces for residents and visitors which enhance, preserve and incorporate our natural environment. Our unique design incorporates a proposed 1000 acres of open space and parkland (about the size of 600 football fields) including some environmentally significant areas which will be open to the community and protected in perpetuity. We will only be developing 45% of the site, with 55% of the area dedicated to green space.

Preserving History and Environment

North Harbour environment management has been so successful that the team has achieved a highly sought-after EnviroDevelopment accreditation. EnviroDevelopment is a scientifically based assessment scheme which independently reviews development projects and awards certification to those that achieve outstanding performance across four or more of the provided elements – Ecosystems, Waste, Energy, Materials, Water and Community.

North Harbour was awarded accreditation across all six elements of the EnviroDevelopment criteria. Our Project Director Peter Lightbody said, “We are very pleased to have achieved accreditation recognising the hard work that has gone into planning and delivering our community. We are continuing towards our goal of sustainable development which enhances and sustains our local environments and eco-systems.”

One example of environmental management is our rehabilitation and reforestation programme. The original North Harbour site had many incarnations prior to its present-day identity, and many of these previous uses necessitated land clearing i.e. sugar plantation, farming and so on. The North Harbour site has 9km of river frontage to the Caboolture River, and it is proposed that this be open to the public and protected as a wildlife corridor. In order to do this, we need to reforest and rehabilitate the area by planting native trees and shrubs to encourage the creation of wildlife habitat which can become sustainable. So far, we have planted over 60,000 trees and by the end of the project will have planted hundreds of thousands more.

As part of our community partnership initiatives, we have held several Tree Planting Days to allow our community to take part in reforesting an area along the Caboolture River. Local families have had the opportunity to plant some trees they’ll be able to come back and see for years to come. If you would like to attend a future Tree Planting Day please sign up to our mailing list.

Preserving History and Environment

Retaining and preserving the historical remnants of the North Harbour site is another crucial part of the North Harbour planning process. Following an application process which we initiated, the area has been listed and protected on the Queensland Heritage Register since 2011 as a place of Queensland State significance.

The North Harbour team is working with Heritage Expert Steve Chaddock from Timeline Heritage and his team of archaeologists at the remains of the “Moray Fields” property that was built by George Raff. As part of this work to create walkways and trails for Heritage Park, the archaeologists monitoring construction have uncovered building foundations that were not previously known.

Steve said: “We are looking to carefully record the exposed areas of the old house and its outbuildings and yards so that we can later interpret that to the public and in advance of a tree management program aiming to preserve the State Listed archaeological remains.”

The history of the site will be showcased in a dedicated “interpretive centre” in Heritage Park that delivers a ‘mind map’ of the site before it is experienced first-hand by visitors. The centre will present historic photographs, sketches and display objects which will allow visitors to appreciate the stories and significant developments from the past up to the present day.

Heritage Park is a new community attraction comprising a vast expanse of parkland, river access including a canoe launch/fishing platform and the aforementioned interpretive centre focusing on the heritage aspect of the North Harbour site.

Heritage Park is a three-year project which on completion at the end of 2019, will have invested over $3 million, with $1,535,062 of funds coming from the Federal Government through a funding agreement with the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology. Funding is through the Community Development Grants programme, provided through the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. The $1,535,062 Grant has been matched by North Harbour. The Abbey Museum and North Harbour are also working in partnership and providing significant “in-kind” support through project planning, project management, post-construction operation and maintenance.

The future Heritage Park area is currently able to be accessed on Saturday mornings at 7.00am for those participating in the free, weekly North Harbour parkrun which is one of only a few cross country runs in Southeast Queensland. For more information and directions please click here.

Preserving History and Environment

Find North Harbour

North Harbour’s Sales and Information Centre & Display Village is open seven days a week, 10am-5pm. Located on the corner of Buckley Road and Fraser Drive in Burpengary East, our 33 home Display Village is a great one-stop-shop for house hunters, showcasing brand new designs including environment-friendly homes from 17 of Australia’s best builders.

North Harbour is the winner of the UDIA Award for Best Residential Subdivision in Queensland and is EnviroDevelopment Accredited. To find out more about house and land packages at North Harbour please contact us and to keep up to date with the latest news and info, including our regular events, please> sign up for our email updates and find us on Facebook and Instagram (@northharbourliving).

North Harbour Parks and Community Facilities are the Best in Southeast Queensland!

1000 Acres of Open Space and Parks

North Harbour’s proposed parks and community facilities cover more than half of the North Harbour site at a total of 1000 acres, an area approximately the size of 600 football fields. Each park in North Harbour has something unique to offer and is designed to connect through bike and walking tracks as part of the North Harbour masterplan.

The Village Park: The Village Park was the first park to open at North Harbour in 2015 and offers play equipment suitable for older and younger children, plenty of space to play, BBQ and picnic shelters, and free Wi-Fi! The Village Park is also the home of Cam’s Boot Camp and is a popular central meeting place for families in our community.

Reflections Park: Reflections opened in 2017 and is located at the western corner of North Harbour, adjacent to Raff Creek Eco-Corridor. With play equipment for younger children, Reflections has plenty of flat space around for playing, and is also the home of our free weekly yoga class, Sunrise Yoga in the Park.

North Harbour Parks and Community Facilities | Reflections Park

Riparian Park: Riparian Park opened in May 2019 and is already extremely popular having hosted the inaugural community cricket match between neighbourhood streets! With a flying fox, heaps of play equipment, fitness equipment and half basketball court, Riparian Park also continues the stretch of bike tracks and walking tracks along Mornington Parade which begin at Reflections Park.

North Harbour Parks and Community Facilities | Riparian Park

Habitat Park: Habitat Park will open officially on June 23rd and will offer much-anticipated off-leash dog areas with doggy play equipment. Habitat Park also includes play equipment for kids, fitness equipment, BBQs and shelters and wetlands. To find out more about the official opening of Habitat Park please click here.

Habitat Park Opening

The Heritage Park: One of the most exciting and unique parts of the North Harbour masterplan is our Heritage Park which is located along the banks of Caboolture River.

The Heritage Park is the site of the original “Morayfields” settlement which dates from 1861 and was the first European settlement in the district.

The Heritage Park is a community attraction and has taken several years to develop, costing over $3M with $1,535,062 of funds coming from the Federal Government through a funding agreement with our community partner, the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology. Funding is through the Community Development Grants programme, provided through the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

The $1,535,062 Grant is being matched by North Harbour. The Abbey Museum and North Harbour are also working in partnership and providing significant “in-kind” support through project planning, project management, post-construction operation and maintenance.

The heritage aspects of the old site are being combined with a vast expanse of parkland including pathways and tracks for use by residents and visitors, allowing everyone to enjoy our slice of Queensland history and the Caboolture River. The first stages of construction have been completed including roads and other infrastructure, picnic areas including shelters, BBQs, tables and benches and toilet facilities. Our fishing platform / canoe launch and heritage centre will be next to be completed and the Heritage Park is proposed to open in late 2019.

The Heritage Park area can be accessed on Saturday mornings at 7.00am for North Harbour parkrun. For more information and directions please click here.

 

North Harbour Amenities That You Can’t Live Without

Childcare: North Harbour is pleased to announce Edge Early Learning Childcare Centre is opening at North Harbour in early 2020.

The new centre will be known as “Edge Early Learning North Harbour” and located on the corner of Buckley Road and Fraser Drive at the entrance to North Harbour. The new centre will provide childcare for up to 120 children from six weeks to school age. Edge Early Learning is a quality childcare provider and has centres in various locations in Southeast Queensland including West End, Strathpine and Milton. Construction of the centre is proposed to occur in the second half of 2019, with a proposed opening in early 2020.

Transport and shopping: Well located for easy access to the Bruce Highway, Morayfield train station is just 10 minutes away and nearby North Lakes, Burpengary and Morayfield shopping centres, as well as Costco, Bunnings and IKEA are within easy reach.

Essential North Harbour amenities:

  • Fibre optic broadband capable of speeds matching the fastest broadband in Australia
  • Reticulated gas to each home
  • 1000 acres of parks and open space
  • Café open 7 days a week
  • Free weekend fitness activities, parkrun and yoga

North Harbour Parks and Community Facilities | Riparian Fitness

Weekends at North Harbour

BITE Markets at North Harbour is a brand-new destination within the growing North Harbour community which has transformed weekends on the Northside! It’s the perfect place to eat, drink, spend time with friends and family, a place everyone is welcome, full of colour, adventures, wonderful food, entertainment and all sorts of flavours celebrating produce from the Moreton Bay region! Located at Exit 150 off the Bruce Highway on Nolan Drive, open from 4pm-10pm every Friday and Saturday night. Click here to see Bite TV!

North Harbour parkrun: 7am, every Saturday. Free 5km cross country run/ walk around the future Heritage Park, everyone is welcome!

Sunrise Yoga in the Park: 8am every Sunday, free yoga class to suit all levels in Reflections Park.

North Harbour Café is also open every weekend including Friday Burger Nights.

 

Find North Harbour

North Harbour’s Sales and Information Centre & Display Village with café and two playgrounds is open seven days a week, 10am-5pm. Located on the corner of Buckley Road and Fraser Drive, Burpengary East, the Display Village showcases 33 brand new Display Homes from 17 of Australia’s best new home builders. To find out more about North Harbour’s parks and community facilities including our regular events, sign up for our email updates and find us on Facebook and Instagram (@northharbourliving).