North Harbour Heritage Park Official Opening Morning, Sunday November 10th, 9am

We’re very pleased to announce that our riverside Heritage Park will be officially opening on Sunday 10th November with a special celebration morning from 9am-12noon.

The North Harbour Heritage Park opening event will feature historical talks by North Harbour’s consulting archaeologist Steve Chaddock, free morning tea and ice cream, entertainment from 101.5FM, arts and craft display from our Community Partner the Artisans’ Guild of Caboolture and District Inc. and free games and activities for children (and the young at heart) to enjoy from our Heritage Partner, The Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology. Click here to enjoy an interview with North Harbour Project Manager Bryan Finney about the upcoming the event. 

Games and Activities include:

  • Kids Dig-it – learn how to be an archaeologist with the experts from The Abbey Museum

  • Archery & games

  • Pony rides

We hope to see you there!

North Harbour Heritage Park

North Harbour Heritage Park Opening

The North Harbour Heritage Park is a unique and special project that has come to fruition through the help, interest and support of many people. This will be the first opportunity to experience the Compass Centre and Heritage Walk and learn about the unique history of the site in its beautifully transformed parkland setting. 

Heritage Park is centred around the heritage–listed archaeological remains of the “Moray Fields” settlement and the opening of the Park will mark the first time this area of the Caboolture River has been openly accessible by the public in almost 160 years, since the area’s first European settlement in 1861.

North Harbour Heritage Park

The creation of this unique community park has cost over $3M 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, Transport, Cities and Regional Development.

The $1,535,062 grant was matched by North Harbour Holdings Pty Ltd, the developer of North Harbour. The Abbey Museum and North Harbour have worked in partnership and provided significant “in-kind” support through project planning, project management, post-construction operation and maintenance.

North Harbour Heritage Park

Edith Cuffe, Abbey Museum CEO, said: “We are delighted to have been part of preserving this significant historical area and displaying the history of “Moray Fields” for everyone to enjoy.

The site has a number of fascinating stories to tell and provides connections to significant elements in Queensland’s history, including European settlement of the area, history of the South Sea Islander community in the area, separation from NSW and early State Parliament.

It also gives insight into early industrial endeavors such as the manufacture of rum and refined sugar at Moray Fields.”

When visitors first arrive at Heritage Park, they are encouraged to visit the Compass Centre which tells the history of the site through historic photographs, sketches and information which allow visitors to appreciate the stories and significant developments from the past up to the present day.

North Harbour Heritage Park Opening

After learning about the history of the site, visitors can then walk through the heritage trails and view the remaining artefacts such as the old well, and the steps of the Old Homestead.

On a broader community level, the South Sea Islander history of the site has presented an opportunity to recognise the contribution made by past generations of South Sea Islanders and provide a tangible, visitable focus for the Island and Australian South Sea Islander community and their descendants. Space is being made available for the South Sea Islander community to remember their ancestors at this place.

North Harbour Heritage Park

Acting Project Director Bryan Finney said: “The North Harbour team and our heritage partners the Abbey Museum are looking forward to welcoming the first visitors to this unique and special site – bringing a touch of history to our modern, community-based development.”

North Harbour Heritage Park will be open from 6am to 6pm. For more information please visit our website, www.northharbour.com.au.

North Harbour Heritage Park

 

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North Harbour Heritage Park

North Harbour is the winner of the UDIA Award for Best Residential Subdivision in Queensland and is EnviroDevelopment Accredited. To discover more about North Harbour Heritage Park 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).

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).