Darwin Buffaloes get ready for another big season!

Urbex has been a proud major partner of the Darwin Buffaloes Football Club since 2013. With pre-season training recently commencing, we look forward to seeing the club shine in the upcoming NT AFL season.

The Buffs held their 2018 AGM last week, with over 40 members in attendance. The morning was a great success with a new club committee elected. John Paterson stood down as president, after holding the role for the past decade. He will remain on as a committee member, and of course a very passionate supporter. After being involved in the club as a committee member, Shaun Pearce has taken over as president.

Urbex has also strengthened its support with Tim Bycroft, Zuccoli Project Director joining the board as a committee member.

We look forward to watching the club continue to grow and succeed in the upcoming season. The first game of the season will be on Saturday 6th of October and for more information and fixture details click here.

John Paterson, former club President with Tim Bycroft, Zuccoli Project Director.

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Vogel Release now titled!

We are excited to announce that all lots in our latest Vogel release have now received title, meaning you can be in your new home sooner.

The Vogel release offers large, affordable lots ranging from 450sqm to 837sqm, and are now selling from $200,000*.

Set amongst a scenic natural setting and plenty of open space, the award winning community provides convenience at its best, with schools, Zuccoli Plaza, and city amenities right at on your doorstep.

We have a range of the Territory’s best builders at Zuccoli, offering a variety of housing solutions to suit your lifestyle needs. You can view our house and land packages here.

If you would like to find out more, visit the Zuccoli Sales and Information Centre or call Nicole Turner on 1300 662 746 to make an appointment.

*Price correct at time of publication and subject to change without notice. Average land price for the Vogel release is $220,600).

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Zuccoli’s first big market day a hit

Zuccoli residents and the wider community made the most of the perfect weather last Saturday, out and about at the first Zuccoli Big Market Day. With plenty of food, specialty stalls, activities and tasty treats there was fun for all the family.

Thanks to the Zuccoli Plaza and IGA team for organising the day, and we look forward to more markets in the future.

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What would you like to see at Zuccoli Plaza?

After opening mid last year, Zuccoli Plaza has quickly become a vibrant community hub of Zuccoli Village.

With an IGA, F45 gym, TerryWhite Chemmart, newsagency, Cellarbrations bottle shop, Arafura Medical Clinic, and Rainmaker Cafe, Zuccoli Plaza has everything you need right at your doorstep.

With plenty of parking available, Zuccoli Plaza provides the perfect spot to catch up with friends at the café, squeeze in a work out at the gym or pick up any necessities for the day.

There are a few tenancies remaining for lease within the plaza, and we are keen to hear from you on what shops or services you would like to see fill these spots.

To provide us with your feedback, you can either download and print out the survey here and return it to our sales centre located in Zuccoli Plaza, or you can email your thoughts to info@zuccolivillage.com.au.

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Zuccoli Plaza wins Northern Territory Architecture Award

Zuccoli Plaza has taken out the top gong for The Peter Dermoudy Award for the Commercial Architecture category in the 2018 Australian Institute of Architects Northern Territory Awards. The judges applauded both the developer for encouraging such a fresh approach to a local shopping centre, and the architects for their responsiveness to community context, connections and experience. 

Designed by The Buchan Group Architects, Zuccoli Plaza, comprises 3,400m2 of retail space with additional covered areas incorporating seating for residents and community groups to meet. After opening mid last year, Zuccoli Plaza has quickly become a vibrant community hub of Zuccoli Village. With an IGA, F45 gym, Terry White Chemmart, newsagency, Cellarbrations bottle shop, medical centre and Rainmaker Cafe, Zuccoli Plaza has everything you need right at your doorstep.

With plenty of parking available, Zuccoli Plaza provides the perfect spot to catch up with friends at the café, squeeze in a work out at the gym or pick up any necessities for the day.

Read more on the award here.

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Palmerston Clontarf Academy visits Zuccoli!

The team at Zuccoli recently had some special visitors tour the site and sales office last week. Palmerston Clontarf Academy Year 9 students were welcomed to Zuccoli where they experienced first hand what a career in construction or development could be like for them. The boys had a great day, given plenty of opportunities to ask questions and learn more about Zuccoli.

Urbex parent company, BMD Group has been in partnership with the Clontarf Foundation for over three years, working closely to improve education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men. The foundation’s programs are delivered through a network of academies, established in partnership with local schools.

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Garrick Street celebrates!

Zuccoli’s Garrick Street was buzzing on Saturday evening, with the neighbourhood coming together to celebrate Roger Garrick, who the street is named after. 2018 marks ten years since Rodger’s passing, and his wife Ann organised a wonderful get-together with her family, friends and the residents of Garrick Street to celebrate Roger.

Roger was a founding member of the Sanderson Conference of the St Vincent De Pauls Society in 1983. He was a man of charity and would offer food, bed and clothes to those in need. Together, under Roger’s presidency, the conference sponsored a number of refugee families and set up homes for their arrival. Through trips to island communities, Roger established with Croker and Bathurst Islands, the delivery of bread for school breakfast programs. Between jobs Roger would collect boxes of bread and deliver to the barge to be shipped fortnightly to the islands.

Roger worked tirelessly giving back to the community, while also raising his own family of five children. The Garrick family are very proud that Roger’s work has been recognised and are pleased to be celebrating with the Zuccoli community.

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Territory’s fastest growing suburb

Palmerston South has retained its title of the Territory’s fastest growing suburb, with parks and conservation spaces in the area continuing to act as a major drawcard for many homebuyers.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Palmerston South – which includes the new suburb of Zuccoli – has had both the largest and fastest suburb growth in the NT in 2016/2017, followed by Lyons and Darwin City.

Urbex’s Zuccoli Development falls within the southern part of Palmerston, and with hundreds of lots in the multi-stage development, is a key driver of growth in the area. Aside from the community spirit, the fact that Zuccoli has dedicated conservation areas and green space continues to attract homebuyers.

Zuccoli sales consultant Nicole Turner said the team received lots of positive feedback on Zuccoli’s parks conservation areas.

“From a sustainable perspective, we are seeing buyers motivated by Zuccoli’s conservation efforts,” she said. “Buyers are keen to purchase properties that back on to green open spaces, allowing their home to integrate nicely into the surrounding environment. We put a lot of time and effort into our landscape maintenance and green areas at Zuccoli, and this really shines through for potential buyers and residents.

“We regularly have people comment on how noticeably green and well-kept our parks, gardens and verges are, and it’s great to see how appreciated and valued this is by the community.”

Among the many Territorians who have moved to Palmerston South are Scott and Jess McLean, and their son Archer. The young family bought a house in Zuccoli around 18 months ago and like many others, were attracted to the area for its wide open green spaces and commitment to sustainability. “It’s great being so close to the parks with our little one – there’s one currently being finished off near our house and another one already completed around 400m down the road,” Mr McLean said. “The area is obviously really popular because every time we go for a drive around Zuccoli, we notice new houses going up.”

For more information, read the NT News article here.

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Zuccoli team attend Clontarf Academy Super Training Day

The BMD Group has been in partnership with the Clontarf Foundation for over three years, working closely to improve education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men. The foundation’s programs are delivered through a network of academies, established in partnership with local schools.

Earlier this week, a few of the BMD Darwin team, including Zuccoli’s Tim Bycroft (Project Director) and Demitri Christou (Contract Administration Manager), attended the Clontarf Academy Super Training Day held at the Palmerston College Academy.

The team had plenty of fun, working hard to keep up with the boys over the course of the morning. It was great to see Sheldon Liddy take the field, who was one of the first to graduate year 12 through the Clontarf foundation 10 years ago. Sheldon is now a very valued member of the BMD Darwin team, and is a fine example of what positive impacts the Clontarf Academy has on these young men.  

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Territorians continue to take advantage of the First Home Owners Grant

Property prices and government grants available to those entering the housing market for the first time, has led to the Northern Territory having the greatest number of first home buyers in the country, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Territorians Myla and Charlie Estella are one of many local families who have taken advantage of the grants while the market is most favourable towards buyers. The first home buyers purchased a block of land in Zuccoli and built their five-bedroom home using the $28,000 government funding available.

“The first home owners grant really helped us as you don’t need to save as much money to purchase your own property,” Mrs Estella said. “I’d definitely encourage anyone looking to buy their own home to apply for the grant.”

Purchasing a house and land package for $605,000, Mrs Estella said they considered building in other areas such as Muirhead and Durack, but were attracted to Zuccoli for its affordability and size.

“Zuccoli was the best place for us as it’s perfectly located and the price of the land here is within our budget,” she said. With three children in their teens, the Mr and Mrs Estella said their 600sqm block provides the family with ample space.

“We all enjoy living at Zuccoli and the kids all have their own rooms and space. Previously they shared a room, so it is definitely an upgrade,” Mrs Estella said.

Zuccoli sales consultant Nicole Turner said she has noticed an increase in interest from first home buyers over the past 12 months.

“The first-home buyers grant provides people with an opportunity to dive into the property market and own a house of their own,” she said.

“Without it, the process of purchasing a house would be a lot more difficult, it is a helping hand for those wanting to set foot in the property market.”

Ms Turner felt now was an ideal time to purchase property in the Top End, particularly for first-home buyers.

“Since the introduction of the grant it’s been great to see an increase in the number of buyers looking to build their first home,” she said.

For more information on the Northern Territory’s FHOG and to check your eligibility visit the NT Government website.

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