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Client: City of Greater Geraldton

Size of Development: 61 residential lots and over 3.5 hectares of parklands

Cost of Development: $6 million

Location: 3kms from Geraldton CBD


The Olive Street residential subdivision is an exciting development in Geraldton, with a number of environmental components. This project is currently in design phase, with construction due to begin in 2013.

Rowe Group was appointed in 2009 by the City of Greater Geraldton to undertake all planning approvals tasks including rezoning of the site, subdivision and detailed design approvals, as well as the delivery of residential lots and adjacent public open space. When completed, the site will feature 61 residential lots, including a grouped housing site, plus landscaped parkland of 3.5 hectares, with underground stormwater structures and a lined lake for harvesting stormwater. This will help reduce the flow of stormwater into the ocean and will assist in aquifer recharge, leading to a positive environmental outcome for the development and the surrounding catchment area.

The Olive Street development will transform an area that has previously been the subject of illegal dumping of rubbish to provide infill housing in a desirable locality within the City of Greater Geraldton. During the inception phase of the project, we carried out a detailed assessment to achieve a thorough understanding of our client’s needs and to appreciate how the Olive Street project fits within the scope of the City’s other projects. As part of this process, we performed a risk assessment, highlighting a number of key project risks and recommending and implementing strategies in response. One of the key design responses for the project is the alternate stormwater management system. This has presented a challenging aspect given the need to coordinate the stormwater management outcomes for the site with a federally funded stormwater harvesting campaign that is being designed concurrently for wider locality by the City. Given the potential contamination of the site through previous illegal dumping, we also coordinated an environmental audit process with site investigations and rehabilitation initiatives. Proceeds from lot sales will be used to fund the construction of the Southern Districts Sporting facility in Rudds Gully, which will provide enhanced recreational opportunities for Geraldton’s southern suburbs.