Zuccoli celebrates Halloween!

Come and join us on Tuesday 31st of October as the Zuccoli community celebrates Halloween. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Plans for a Zuccoli shopping centre by Christmas

Residents of Zuccoli are in for a treat this year with plans for an official opening of a new community shopping village in time for Christmas.

Rod Morris, Managing Director of the owner-­‐developers The RR Morriss Group, said he was pleased to announce that construction had commenced on Zuccoli Plaza, which will provide a local commercial centre for people living in Zuccoli.

“The shopping centre will incorporate 14 shops including a supermarket, gym, medical centre, chemist and coffee shop. IGA have already signed with us to provide the supermarket and I am looking forward to announcing the other tenants in the coming weeks,”

Mr Morris said. Zuccoli Plaza is located on the corner of Zuccoli Parade and Crosby Street and connects to The William Kirkby-­‐Jones AM Memorial Park. The Park was officially opened by the Chief Minister, The Hon. Adam Giles MLA, in August 2015. The Park was named after Mr Kirkby-­‐Jones, who was recognised as one of the great leaders of the housing industry, not only here in the Northern Territory, but also right across the country.

“Cyclists will be able to go for a ride through the park and onto the centre, where we will provide bike racks and a plaza in which to enjoy a morning coffee,” Mr Morris added. “We are keen to create a true community vibe and have plans to incorporate a feature mural into the centre’s design by a local Territory artist,” he said.

Zuccoli Plaza is being constructed by Hutchinson Builders, who are also currently working on the Gateway Shopping Centre in Palmerston, the Woolworths Bakewell Shopping Centre and the Jape Homemaker Village in Millner.

Urbex General Manager Wayne Rex welcomed the news that construction had commenced.

“Zuccoli Plaza is an integral asset to the Zuccoli village,” he said.

“As a master-­‐planned community, a major focus of the development is to create a local village feel while delivering amenity and affordability to residents.”

Zuccoli Stage 1 has been developed by Urbex in partnership with the Northern Territory Government’s Land Development Corporation and offers a variety of house and land options catering to all lifestyles and budgets. Upon completion, Zuccoli Stage 1 will contain over 900 homes for more than 2,700 Territorians.

Minister Assisting the Treasurer Nathan Barrett MLA said that the development of the new shopping village at Zuccoli is wonderful news for the local community and a definite, positive sign of the real growth in the area.

“As the Northern Territory Government Minister Assisting the Treasurer, I am delighted to see the continued growth in this area. New shopping centres are always a true indication of prosperity and this development reinforces the Giles Government’s Buy Local Campaign.

“The Giles Government has a plan that secures the future of the Northern Territory. We’re delivering jobs, better services, lower crime rates and a great lifestyle and developments such as these go to that heart of our commitment to all Territorians,” Minister Nathan Barrett said.

Media enquiries: Jeannette Button on 0407 727 080

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New Basketball Court a blessing for the College and Community.

Students at MacKillop Catholic College in Palmerston will start the school year with a new basketball court thanks to the Catholic Church of the Diocese of Darwin, the Australian Government and the joint partnership of the Land Development Corporation and Urbex.

The basketball court, which was completed over the school holidays, will be ready for use and launched tomorrow by the Bishop of Darwin Eugene Hurley, Deputy Director of School Services, Catholic Education Greg O’Mullane, Federal Member for Solomon Natasha Griggs MP and Zuccoli Independent Chairman Michael Corcoran.

Completed by JMac Constructions, the basketball court is valued at $300,000 and funded by the Federal Government, the Catholic Diocese and Urbex, local developers of stage one of Zuccoli, in partnership with the Land Development Corporation.

Bishop Hurley said that the new facility would add to the foundation of the community.

“The vision for the MacKillop Catholic College community involves a strong community participation in vibrant, caring and compassionate activities.

“As a new school located in a new and growing suburb we have limited facilities for students and families. This basketball court provides a much-needed resource for students during the school day and a place for families, clubs and young people to play after school hours.

“MacKillop Catholic College was built at the beginning of 2012 and from that point in time has had as its focus to be a school for the community. Its strong sense of welcome and inclusiveness is overwhelming to all who come to this place,” he said.

Natasha Griggs MP, Federal Member for Solomon, added how heart warming it is to see the local community flourish and the students of MacKillop College excel in their new surroundings and facilities.

“Helping provide a facility such as this is at the heart of what we do, the joint funding aims to provide better facilities for those that live in the suburb and study at the school” Mrs Griggs said.

Zuccoli Independent Chairman Michael Corcoran said it was exciting to see the area develop and the community grow.

“It has been a pleasure working with the school to develop the basketball court. This project presented an opportunity to not only build on the facilities of the school but also for the residents of Zuccoli and the local community. We look forward to working on future projects together,” Mr Corcoran said.

The new basketball court will be launched on Friday 12 February, at the MacKillop Catholic College at 9.30am, and will include a basketball demonstration by young talent from the College.

Media enquiries: Jeannette Button on 0407 727 080

Address: MacKillop Catholic College, 285 Farrar Boulevard, Johnston.

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Zuccoli Affordable Housing Initiative launches young couple on first home dream

Owning your own home is achievable if you are willing to be focused on your goal according to recent young home buyers through the Zuccoli Affordable Housing Initiative.

At just 21 and 24 respectively, Nicole and Ben Marsh are excited to think that their goal to become first homeowners is now within their grasp.

“It’s not that hard,” suggests Ben. “You just need to knuckle down, look at where you spend your money and where you can save.”

Having been married for just two years and saving for a year, Ben and Nicole have been looking to purchase for several months and are pleased with the features Zuccoli has to offer.

“These are good sized blocks, we plan to be here for a while and there is certainly room for a family.” “We especially like the parks,” adds Nicole. “Once the Zuccoli Plaza is built we will easily be able to walk to the shops, the area is well connected and we are keen to move in as soon as possible.”

Having qualified for the Zuccoli Affordable Housing Initiative, Nicole and Ben will receive the benefit of purchasing land below market value. Urbex General Manager Wayne Rex says the Affordable Housing Initiative delivers affordable housing without compromising on a quality lifestyle.

“We are committed to providing a range of affordable home ownership opportunities for Territorians,” he said. “This is clearly demonstrated through this Initiative and the Zuccoli Display Village which showcases a range of home styles and builders who can develop a home to suit your needs and budget.”

“Urbex established 33 lots in Zuccoli Stage 1 under this scheme and I am pleased to see that 80% have already been sold. There are many first home buyers who can realise their dreams and look forward to moving into this master planned community.”

To qualify for the Zuccoli Affordable Housing Initiative the buyer is required to comply with one of the following criteria:

  • Be a first home buyer, and or
  • Have a single income of no more than $97,500.00, or
  • Have a combined income of no more than $160,000.00

For more information on lots available through the Zuccoli Affordable Housing Initiative contact the land sales team on 1300 662 746.

Media enquiries: Jeannette Button on 0407 727 080, jb@prbutton.com.au

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Zuccoli Display Village opens its doors to new home owners

The Chief Minister, The Hon. Adam Giles MLA will officially open the Zuccoli Sales and Information Centre and Display Village today marking another milestone in providing affordable housing to Territorians.
With scenic streets and green open spaces, the Zuccoli Display Village is testament to Urbex’s vision of the first stage of the master planned community designed in partnership with the Northern Territory Government’s Land Development Corporation to provide a quality residential lifestyle.
The Chief Minister said that he was pleased to see the suburb progressing.
“Just last month we proudly opened the William Kirby-Jones Memorial Park, which features retained bush land and a wonderful all ages playground catering for disability access.
“With the completion of these display homes, we can see the true potential of the suburb which will provide a diverse range of housing options, public amenities, schools, commercial centres, park land and conservation areas only 25 minutes from the centre of Darwin,” he said.
Land directly opposite the Display Village marks the location of the future community shopping village, Zuccoli Plaza.
Rod Morris, Managing Director of the owner-developers The RR Morriss Group, who also own the Oasis Shopping Village in Palmerston, says he is equally pleased to be moving ahead with plans for the commercial centre.
“Zuccoli Plaza is perfectly positioned to connect with the Park, a plaza area will provide well designed spaces for residents and visitors to sit and enjoy the environment while our selection of tenants will provide for daily necessities,” he said.
“At this stage we can announce that the centre will include a supermarket, gym, medical centre, chemist and coffee shop, we certainly have the village feel in mind.”
Upon completion, Zuccoli Stage 1 will contain over 900 homes for more than 2,700 Territorians.

Builders of the Display Village homes include:
• Nimm Homes
• Abode
• Kassiou Constructions
• Tropical Lifestyle Homes
• Hotondo Homes
• Killarney Homes
• Bendella Group
The Zuccoli Display Village will be open to the public from this Friday, 25 September.

Media enquiries: Jeannette Button on 0407 727 080, jb@prbutton.com.au

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Zuccoli park named in honour of housing pioneer

The Chief Minister, The Hon. Adam Giles MLA will today officially open The William Kirkby-Jones AM Memorial Park in the Palmerston suburb of Zuccoli.

The Chief Minister said that Mr Kirkby-Jones was recognised as one of the great leaders of the housing industry, not only here in the Northern Territory, but also right across the country.

“William chaired the Northern Territory Land Development Corporation Advisory Board for over three years, from 2010 to 2013. Throughout this time, under his guidance, the new Palmerston suburb of Zuccoli became a reality.

“Through every project, no matter how big or small, William provided a steady hand and a sheer drive and commitment to achieve the best outcomes for the Corporation and for Territorians,” the Chief Minister said.

Urbex General Manager Wayne Rex said it is an honour to be able to pay tribute to a pioneer of the land development and housing industry in the Northern Territory and welcomed Mr Kirkby-Jones’s wife, Maggie Kirkby-Jones and daughter, Karen Sokolovic to the opening ceremony.

“William was a true visionary and a champion for sustainable development, his skills, knowledge and leadership played a pivotal role in the housing industry across Australia and I am honoured to have worked with him in establishing the suburb of Zuccoli,” Mr Rex said.

Urbex commenced the development of stage one of the master planned suburb of Zuccoli in partnership with the Northern Territory Government’s Land Development Corporation in 2012. Stage 1 of Zuccoli has a major focus on delivering amenity to residents which is reinforced by its continued delivery of parks and conservation including walking trails and play equipment. Upon completion, the suburb will contain over 2,300 homes for more than 6,000 Territorians. The William Kirkby-Jones Memorial Park is therefore a major asset to these future residents and raises the bar for public amenity and fun.

Designed in proud collaboration between Urbex, Clouston’s, Touched by the Olivia Foundation and the City of Palmerston, this park is the Territory’s first all-inclusive disability and able-bodied access park. This Park has been conveniently located opposite a future Commercial Precinct and has been cleverly positioned amongst retained bushland and boasts elevated views and breezes across the balance of Zuccoli.

Mr Kirkby-Jones sadly passed away on 29 May 2015. He leaves behind his wife Maggie, three children, three step children and three grandchildren.

Media are invited to attend the officially opening of the William Kirkby-Jones AM Memorial Park today, Thursday 13 August at 10am.

Access is via Follington Street off Crosby Street, Zuccoli.

Media enquiries: Natalie Bell on 0419 653 729,


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Urbex Property Insights – June

Earlier this month the Territory Government handed down its 2014–15 Budget. Several changes regarding home ownership were announced and it is important to understand how the changes may impact on your hopes of buying property in the Darwin region. We chat to local property developer and Urbex General Manager Wayne Rex to find out what was announced.

What changes has the Government made?

Broadly speaking the 2014–15 Budget outlined changes to fast-track land releases and development, and help people into the property market. The Government reaffirmed its commitment to help low to middle income earners purchase property, with more than four loan options including a Subsidised Interest Rate Loan, Low Deposit Loan, Off The Plan Deposit Loan and Fee Assistance Loan. Several changes to the First Home Owner Grant were also announced.

How do the changes affect First Home Buyers?

First home buyers were the big winners in this year’s budget. The First Home Owner Grant received a $1,000 boost, up from $25,000 to $26,000, and the $600,000 cap on eligible homes or house and land packages was scrapped. The changes, which were effective from 13 May 2014, give first home buyers greater choice when it comes to purchasing a home or building one tailored to their needs. From 1 January 2015, the grant will only be available on new homes or house and land packages. At Urbex, we have a variety of eligible packages at various price points, developed in partnership with local Territory builders, and a team of experienced professionals who can walk you through the process and help you find the land and home of your dreams.

What does this mean for the Darwin property market?

It’s widely believed that the First Home Owner Grant in its previous form inflated prices on established homes and restricted the purchasing power of first home buyers looking to get into the market. As a result, it’s expected that the changes will help stabilise prices across the region and spark a steady stream of construction and development in Palmerston East. All Territorians seeking home ownership will benefit through the increased supply of land within the territory, as greater competition will curb price escalation and furthermore reduce the upward pressure on an undersupplied housing market.

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Urbex Property Insights – May

Scratching up the funds for a deposit is arguably the biggest stumbling block to purchasing a home. But what if there’s more to it than that? We chat to local property developer and Urbex General Manager Wayne Rex and Tony Schelling of Mortgage Choice about what you need to know.

What do I need to consider?

The days of simply saving a deposit for a home loan and talking with your bank manager are long gone. Since the introduction of a new Comprehensive Credit Reporting system this year, lenders and financial institutions now have the ability to not only look at your credit history, but also how financially responsible you are. This includes access to payment history information such as late payments and overdue bills. To ensure you get the tick of approval to finance the home of your dreams, make sure you pay your bills on time.

What is a pre-approval and do I need it?

Obtaining a pre- approval from a lender is an essential step to understanding your borrowing capacity and ability to afford a home loan. Everyone should meet with their lender or bank to understand their financial limits before looking to purchase. It is also important to note however that finance pre-approval for a home loan isn’t always a financial guarantee. Many of the big four banks assess applications for pre-approval based on the information that you provide to them and a basic credit check without undertaking a more stringent financial assessment.

Do you have any tips?

Keep an open mind when you’re given financial advice. For example, if a lender suggests that you consider using a family member to guarantee and secure your loan or take advantage of the Northern Territory Government’s housing affordability scheme, weigh up the benefits before you make judgement. Is it really that bad that your Mum or Dad helped you purchase your first home if it saved you tens of thousands of dollars, or that you’re required to live in the home for a minimum of three years to qualify for the government incentives? Solid financial advice is key and can save you thousands in years to come, so listen with open ears and an open mind.

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Urbex Property Insights – April

When you’re looking to purchase property it’s easy to have your blinkers set on finance, the latest land release and sales agents. But it’s important conveyancers or solicitors are also on your radar. We chat to local property developer and Urbex General Manager Wayne Rex and John Tsoukalis of Tsoukalis Lawyers to find out why and what you need to consider.

When should I see a conveyancer or solicitor?

Before you sign a contract to purchase land or a home you need to nominate the conveyancer or solicitor that you’ll work with. Do your homework and get to know the local conveyancers in Darwin, their fees and services, and establish who you’ll work with prior to signing on the dotted line. If the property is for business or investment purposes it’s worthwhile getting legal and accounting advice as well.

How can I prepare for my appointment?

Head to your appointment fully armed with an understanding of your financial position and, if possible, a pre-approved loan from your bank. The sales agent for the property will have provided your conveyancer or solicitor with a signed copy of the contract. If you’re going to be on the property title, you should be present at the appointment to sign the relevant documents, ask questions and understand the process to settlement.

What do I need to be aware of?

Make sure your contract includes a ‘cooling off period’. Generally this is four working days from the date your contract was signed and gives both you and the seller the opportunity to reconsider and withdraw from the agreement without legal or financial implication. We recommend that you also obtain a copy of the survey and contour plans of your block and request the geotechnical report. This details the soil classification on your block and will inform the specifications required for your foundations.

Do you have any tips for working with conveyancers?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions or the meaning of legal terms if you’re unsure. Purchasing land to build your dream can be daunting and overwhelming, and your conveyancer or solicitor is there to help guide you and keep the purchase moving forward and on schedule.

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Urbex Property Insights – March

You’ve found the block, picked a home design and are ready to build. But before you get caught up in the excitement of buying and building, have you thought about stormwater? As the Top End dries out from some of its wettest months on record, we catch up with Urbex General Manager Wayne Rex to discuss stormwater and what you need to consider before signing on the dotted line or pouring your first slab of concrete.

What do I need to think about before I buy?

Monsoonal downpours and heavy rainfall goes hand-in-hand with living in the tropics. While it provides a welcome relief to the steamy conditions, managing stormwater runoff can be a challenge. Before you buy, look at the contours, slope and natural stormwater pathways of the allotment with your builder. Ideally you don’t want your home design to disturb the natural water-flow and if it does, ensure you make considerations for the water to flow away from your home.

What design considerations do I need to make for stormwater?

If the water on your lot drains to the rear of the property make sure your roof water is connected to stormwater drainage or consider installing a rainwater tank. Look at the use of cut and fill slab design options to ensure water flows away from your home. And where possible explore the use of hard and soft landscaping to avoid soil erosion and maximize natural water flow.

How can stormwater affect earthworks?

Earthworks construction will disturb the soil. If you couple that with stormwater runoff you can have a recipe for a watery-slurry of sediment, plant nutrients, organic matter and waste. Before you start the construction of your home, talk to your builder about managing the sediment and soil erosion on your block of land. You may consider installing fences or bunds to catch sediment and runoff, minimise vehicle access and reduce the vegetation that needs to be cleared.

Both Johnston Ridge and Zuccoli require a Sediment and Erosion Control Plan before work can begin on your home. The plan can be a simple sketch of your block that indicates the measures and controls you’ve put in place.

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