L AKESIDE T H E D U N S B O R O U G H L A K E S C O M M U N I T Y N E W S L E T T E R | WINTER 2014
New owners pledge to put community first New owners, Wallis Property, have outlined their vision for the future of Dunsborough Lakes. It’s a vision that involves significant aesthetic and amenity upgrades. But not all their efforts will be focused on building better facilities – they plan to take an active role in building on the estate’s success as a community too. “We want to make the aesthetics of the estate catch up with the community’s vision. This means enhancing the environment and streetscapes, and improving infrastructure to support the established community ethos,” says MD Jason Wallis. “Dunsborough Lakes has always been promoted as high-end and glitzy, and while this is true to some extent, in reality it’s also a familyfriendly area with a community who are more down-to-earth than the previous positioning of the estate may have portrayed.” Wallis Property’s multi-million dollar upgrade program includes a revised approach that will see the estate move towards a more nature-based environment in keeping with the ‘Down South’ feel, whilst
retaining the distinctive lakes and entry. Other additions include a new Primary School, regional sports field and the introduction of larger lifestyle blocks designed to give families the space they need to keep all the accessories a south west lifestyle demands – from cars, boats, and bikes to surfing and fishing gear. Wallis Property was established in 2004, backed by some 20 years’ experience in the residential property development market. The company’s flagship project at Bletchley Park, a a 1500-lot masterplanned community in Southern River, was launched in 2006, and today its interests extend to Springtime in Haynes near Armadale, CY O’Connor Village in Piara Waters, Providence in Wellard and Chittering Retreat in Chittering. “Design is critical in every aspect of what we do, and we only invest in sites that have a good feel about them,” adds Jason. “Needless to say, my team and I are thrilled to be working in a location as prestigious as Dunsborough, and we believe Dunsborough Lakes has an enormous opportunity to emerge as a significant community hub in the region.”
Tick! On-site school location confirmed From left: Wallis Property’s Stuart Reside, David Barham and Allan Smith.
Following a State Government decision to select Dunsborough Lakes as a site for a future primary school development, Wallis Property is to provide land for the new facility in the heart of the estate. A Department of Education spokesperson said: “We have been working with Wallis Property to finalise the location of the future primary school site in Dunsborough Lakes. The proposed site is located at the south end of the estate on the future extension of Dunsborough Lakes Drive, west of the intersection with Prestwick Road. “The site will be 3.62ha in area and this location offers significant benefits with good road infrastructure and the potential for the sharing of the future district sports facilities on the abutting public open space.” The decision to select Dunsborough Lakes for a new school is based on population growth and the number of children likely to reach school age in the review period. With total enrolments in Dunsborough Primary School in Old Dunsborough peaking this year at 699, it’s evident that a new schooling option will be required in the near future. Watch this space for further updates.
BOROUGH A message from Wallis Property
When the prospect of taking on the future development direction of Dunsborough Lakes was put on the table, the excitement on the faces of my team told me all I needed to know. We simply had to make it happen. Now, as the new custodians of the project with a greater appreciation of its history and potential, our enthusiasm has climbed even further off the chart! As seasoned property developers with a successful portfolio built on a commitment to innovation in both community design and infrastructure, the opportunities here were immediately obvious to us. Certainly, it isn’t hard to sell the ‘sizzle’ of Dunsborough, and the appeal of Dunsborough Lakes is already established. We absolutely loved the family environment and the fact that the estate’s lifestyle-loving residents had all that Dunsborough offered at its doorstep. We want to build on this and make the environment really reflect its community, so we looked at the existing landscaping plans, streetscapes, planned stage releases… and we put them aside. Once we stopped trying to adapt the old plans, the new ideas flowed quite naturally: larger lots; reconfiguring development space; prioritising the primary school; and working with the City of Busselton to develop a new regional playing field and lots more nature-based landscaping and streetscaping. As developers we are in the business of building communities, but on this project it seems the community has already begun the process for us. We thank you for your work so far! Yours sincerely
Friends & Neighbours Gale and Shaun Ballarine left their life in Perth to bring up their two children, Taya (5) and Beau (8), in Dunsborough. As Gale reveals, the move has not only brought them closer as a family; it’s brought them a growing circle of friends too. What brought you to Dunsborough? My parents built a holiday house in Yallingup back in the 1970s, and I spent most of my childhood in the South West. We had so many great times and I personally loved the area and the lifestyle. My parents moved here permanently when I was in my 20s, so we got a taste of what everyday life could be like. We couldn’t believe it when my husband was offered a work transfer to the area. We both jumped at the chance. We couldn’t imagine a better place to raise a family. What did you expect your life would be like? We loved the healthy outdoor atmosphere and thought it was a lovely and safe area to bring up our children. There is a high level of local schooling, which was a real drawcard for us and, as Shaun is a big surfer, we envisaged lazy days at the beach and relaxing with family. It all seemed too good to be true. Why did you choose Dunsborough Lakes? We knew we wanted to live in Dunsborough and liked the look of Dunsborough Lakes as a place we could build our dream home. The people and families around the Lakes are fantastic. We have made close friends with many of our neighbours and have never regretted our decision.
“We loved the healthy outdoor atmosphere and thought it was a lovely and safe area to bring up our children” What is the best aspect of your new life? Definitely the wonderful people we have met. Dunsborough is a very active and social environment to live in. Describe a typical day? Just as we had envisaged, summer is spent on the gorgeous beaches with our friends, while the kids play around on the paddleboards. We usually cook up big BBQ lunches and spend the whole day on the coast. It really is the stuff that dreams are made of and you can’t beat it. What advice would you give people in Perth considering the change? Do it! It’s the best decision we ever made.
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Golfers give ownership a shot
Young guns: future stars in action at the Naturaliste Sporting Club.
Damien Schifferli’s property update
Members’ buy-out ushers in new era A Members’ vote to take on ownership of the Dunsborough Lakes Golf Club was almost unanimous, with all but one of the 144 members attending the meeting agreeing to the exciting new direction. A five-person Board was quickly formed to support the bid, and steps were taken to raise funds for the purchase, which is anticipated to settle around mid-June 2014. “What Members and visitors can expect is a whole new culture,” Board Chairman Graham Moore says. “We plan to introduce functions and dinners, co-ordinate corporate days and identify sponsorship opportunities. We would also like to extend benefits to non-members” In future, social memberships may also form part of the new format. The club wants to extend the use of the facilities with ideas such as six or nine-hole competitions for younger people with school-aged children, and there is potential to introduce crèche facilities and mothers’ clubs too. “We have a good fun club and everyone who comes to us comments on the atmosphere,” adds Graham. “There’s so much to do, just like any business starting up, but there’s always a lot of laughter.” A membership levy of between $300 and $1000 (distance dependent) was agreed with an overwhelming amount of support. However, the community is being encouraged to purchase debentures to help the Membership drive for ownership.
More space for kids to get their kicks Youngsters eager to emulate their cricket and footy heroes are to have their local sporting opportunities boosted by future plans for a new six-hectare district playing field. As well as providing additional space to host regional cricket and football matches the future amenity, due to be located next to the future Dunsborough Lakes primary school site, will also feature modern spectator and clubroom facilities. Assisting the City of Busselton in the delivery of the new sports ground is just
one of the ways the new owners of Dunsborough Lakes, Wallis Property, plan to support the local sporting community. “In addition to the future playing field project, we are also looking forward to building a strong relationship with our neighbours at the Naturaliste Sporting Club,” says Senior Development Manager, David Barham. “Combined, the existing and future facilities will ensure local youngsters have plenty of room to bat, bowl and kick a ball around for years to come.”
When it comes to the property market, the relationship between Perth and the South West is like an elastic band; when the gap between Perth and South West median values expands, it makes the South West look under-valued. Historically, Dunsborough has been seen as a great place to live as well as a popular holiday destination. It is a short distance to the larger town Busselton, where Rio Tinto has an office in the main street, as well as direct flights to its mines from Busselton Airport, and it’s also not too far from the Bunbury Commercial Centre. Population throughout the City of Busselton is currently exceeding 31,000 people, and has resulted in a strong focus on infrastructure improvements. Amongst these is a $120m injection into the Busselton Hospital campus, a $30m planned upgrade to the Busselton Airport, new schools and improvements to the Dunsborough Town Centre and foreshore. The development of first class health facilities is attractive to the “baby boomer” market and employment nodes appeal to young families desiring to relocate. The next few years will be an exciting time for the Dunsborough property market as property is affordable, interest rates are low, employment is steady and new land is being released into the market. Needless to say, now is the best time for people from Perth to take advantage of their existing home equity and reinvest in a South West lifestyle before the price gap between the locations closes again. Damien Schifferli is Director of LMW Hegney South-West & Great Southern
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Living it large Lot sizes boosted for optimum family living
Space for the boat, caravan and jet ski… not to mention room for the growing family and oodles of indoor/outdoor living. Large family-sized lots, predominantly ranging from 500 – 700sqm, feature in Dunsborough Lakes’ latest release, the “13th Tee.” This 31-lot stage also incorporates a mix of smaller ‘lock-up-and-leave’ sites, with titles due in or around early November 2014. “We find families in the South West appreciate a sense of space – I suspect that’s why many moved to the country in the first place,” says David Barham, Dunsborough Lakes Senior Project Manager. ‘Lock-up-and-leave’ lots are great for baby boomers and FIFO’s, and even those who head to Perth regularly. However, nobody wants to live in a one-dimensional environment, so we have created a balanced mix that caters for a broad spectrum of the community.” Land prices for the 13th Tee start from: $179,000 for lots 360 – 400sqm; $205,000 for lots 450 – 500sqm; and $218,000 for lots over 500sqm. All include a side and rear fencing package as well as a generous front landscaping package.
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