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First 6 Star Canberra community is Ginninderry

Ginninderry has been recognised as holding significant potential as a future sustainable community, having been granted a 6 Star Green Star - Communities rating by the Green Building Council of Australia. 

The Land Development Agency and Riverview Developments - joint partners in the Ginninderry venture - welcomed the announcement that it had achieved the highest possible rating for a community under the national rating system. 

Ginninderry is bounded by the Murrumbidgee River and Ginninderra Creek and it is set to become an industry leader in terms of water sensitive urban design. 

A network of bioretention swales, wetlands and basins are used in coordination to capture, cleanse, recycle and infiltrate all water created on site. 

As a result of these developments, Ginninderry aims to have no negative impact on those existing waterways. 

In addition to this, new technologies are being explored that could potentially help householders reduce the amount of energy they use, including solar panels for all homes. 

Demand management systems will also be installed to help educate new residents on how they can use power within their properties much more efficiently. 

Romilly Madew, chief executive of the Green Building Council of Australia, said Ginninderry's 6 Star Green Star rating is representative of the fact that it is a world leader in terms of the design and delivery of a sustainable community.

"This rating highlights that the know-how, technology and collaborative thinking is found right here in the Australian Capital Territory - and Ginninderry is certainly a world-class example of why sustainable thinking can deliver more for people, the community and the environment," she commented. 

"The project team's achievement is truly outstanding, especially when we consider the project stretches across four suburbs and two states."

Ginninderry has the potential to deliver up to 11,500 new homes accommodating about 30,000 people by 2055 - and the first land sales release is pencilled in for early 2017.

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