9 June 2022
Revegetation proposal to recreate native bushland
At Figtree Hill, we’re undertaking extensive conservation work to enhance and improve the unique landscape. This includes a current proposal to revegetate 18 hectares of cleared land along Menangle Creek at the northern end of the Figtree Hill development. The proposal also includes important reconstruction work to modify fencing and make it safer for wildlife to overcome barriers, like the Upper Canal, which currently blocks connectivity.
The proposal follows the expert advice of the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer and contributes to the conservation corridor along Menangle Creek and Noorumba Reserve. This part of the site has been significantly degraded due to years of farming, but will be sensitively regenerated to remove weeds, plant trees and create wetlands. The area is adjacent to Campbelltown Council’s Noorumba Reserve and will provide opportunities to provide habitat for a wide range of local fauna.
The development proposal for vegetation regeneration and reconstruction works is currently on Public Exhibition and can be viewed online campbelltown.nsw.gov.au under “What’s on Public Exhibition”. Set on 216-hectares of former grazing paddocks, with pockets of bushland, conservation is an integral part of sustainable living at Figtree Hill. The proposal builds upon conservation work that has already undertaken which protects 22 hectares of remnant bushland and wildlife habitat.
14 April 2022
Council meeting – Figtree Hill development control plan
Future residents at our new Figtree Hill community are set to benefit from new sustainable design initiatives recently approved by Campbelltown City Council.
As our climate grows hotter, it’s even more important to make our communities more climate-resilient. More trees will be planted throughout Figtree Hill community enriching the natural bushland setting and shade cover to create a cooler community. Lighter coloured roofs across the community will help to reduce urban heat island effects and energy costs for new homes.
Figtree Hill will be Lendlease’s first all-electric community in New South Wales, enabling it to be run on 100 per cent renewable power. Homeowners will have access to a $10,000* rebate which will assist homeowners to install smart, all-electric services and equipment. The option for an all-electric, sustainable home at Figtree Hill supports Lendlease’s commitment to absolute zero carbon across all operations, including the supply chain, by 2040.
We look forward to building a community that will set a new benchmark for conservation and sustainability in the Macarthur region.
Our letter to Campbelltown Council City presented at the meeting on 12 April 2022 to support an amendment to our Development Control Plan for the new Figtree Hill community can be found here.
*This rebate offer applies to specified Figtree Hill lots and terms and conditions apply.
29 March 2022
What is the story behind the Figtree Hill name?
Our new Figtree Hill community development has been named after one of the site’s most prominent landmarks – an iconic fig tree which sits at the top of One Tree Hill. The magnificent Moreton Bay fig has developed a buttressed trunk freely spreading alongside its broad dense evergreen canopy.
As part of the masterplan, the tree will be featured in the community’s regional park, surrounded by open grassland and native plants. It provides a stunning backdrop to the expansive natural vistas towards the Blue Mountains and Natti National Park.
Moreton Bay figs, ficus macrophylla, are native to the east coast of Australia, and can be found from the Atherton Tableland in Queensland to the Illawarra in New South Wales. They are a magnificent shade tree that can grow up to 40 metres in height and diameter. The leaves have rusty coloured undertones, and the tree produces an abundance of fruit for birds and wildlife during the late summer and autumn months. The species is known to possess healing qualities and has a remarkable ability to rejuvenate.
11 February 2022
Our plan for koala conservation
We support any measures that enhance the protection of koalas. That’s why we’ve already committed to delivering a $35 million conservation plan as part of our new community project in Campbelltown, south-west of Sydney.
Our koala conservation plan meets the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer’s expert advice, and is currently the only fully-funded plan that will deliver new protections and connections for designated koala corridors, and increase the quality and quantity of habitat.
Our plan has the potential to double the site’s koala carrying capacity by 2050.
We believe industry can play an important role with government and the community to strike a balance between sustainable urban development and conservation outcomes.
With a sixty-plus year history in Australia, we always strive to achieve the highest sustainability outcomes.
For more information on Gilead's Koala Conservation Plan, click here.
3 February 2022
Flicking The Switch To Renewable Energy
We know families want innovative, sustainable, and low-cost energy solutions when building a new home so we are excited to announce that Figtree Hill will be a fully-electric community.
From the very start, all 1700 lots will be delivered fully electric enabling the community to be run on 100 per cent renewable power. Smarter home designs will be encouraged including rooftop solar panels, efficient hot water and air-conditioning systems, smart energy management systems, electric vehicle charge ports, battery packs and induction stove tops.
The balance between sustainability and affordability, and long-term wellbeing are the defining features of this community.
Figtree Hill will be the first all-electric community delivered by Lendlease in NSW, further supporting the company’s commitment to ‘Absolute Zero Carbon’ across all operations, including the supply chain, by 2040.
31 January 2022What's happening?
Things are starting to look a little different at Figtree Hill. Take a look at our before and after photos of the site.
Earthworks is progressing on the former paddocks to prepare the site for our first 330 residential lots, local park and community centre. It will also ensure the site is ready for new roads to make getting around the site a little easier.
Work continues on the bushland rehabilitation process with the planting of new trees at the northern boundary of the community as part of the Noorumba Reserve. Nestled within a bushland setting, Figtree Hill will provide an expansive natural environment for the local community to explore and nurture.
Register your interest here
Spot the difference!Take a step down memory lane to compare the historical images of the Figtree Hill site which has been grazing land since the 1800s. The aerial photographs detail open paddocks, scattered shade trees and pockets of bushland located along the creek lines. Learn more about how we are working to improve native vegetation, wildlife habitat and water quality in the Nepean River catchment as part of our Mount Gilead Koala Conservation Plan (December 2021).
Reference: Historic Aerial Photographs (Eco Logical Australia, 2020)
Commencement CeremonyOn Tuesday 11 January 2022 Lendlease and Western Earthmoving (WEM) held small gathering to mark the commencement of major earthworks at the Figtree Hill site.
We acknowledge the Dharawal people as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which Figtree Hill is located and in conjunction with Lendlease’s Elevated Reconciliation Action Plan, the Figtree Hill project is committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of community and Country through ongoing collaboration between the local First Nations community and organisations throughout the project.
17 December 2021
Bushland regeneration program
Meet Jack and Lachlan Wilson, founders of JL Civil Group, an independent family-owned business based in Camden NSW. Proud of their Aboriginal heritage, the Company is registered with Supply Nation* and working in partnership on the bushland regeneration program at our Figtree Hill community.
Jack and the team have recently planted 2,000 new plants and vegetation – part of our commitment to enhance, protect and conserve the bush land. Some of the tree species include a Corymbia Maculata, also known as a spotted gum – which is a smooth bark gum tree that grows to be 20-30 metres in height with a 15 metre canopy spread.
The beauty of this bushland regeneration program is it really allows us to understand how the bush is recovering from impacts of agricultural and farming practices since the early 1880s – so we can improve the environmental and sustainability outcomes of Country.
Thanks Jack and the team for helping us rehabilitate the bush to improve overall quality and quantity for the local koala population to thrive.
*Supply Nation brings together the biggest national database of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses with the procurement teams of Australia’s leading organisations to help them engage, create relationships and do more business.
6 December 2021Works have commenced!
Today we started works on our Figtree Hill community.
These works will deliver the first 330 residential lots and a community centre.
In total, 1700 homes will be will be delivered at Figtree Hill, with parks, walking trails, cycle paths, adventure playground and local convenience stores, all just five minutes from Campbelltown’s public transport network, schools, hospital and university.
Site establishment works have included the removal of paddock trees, in accordance with approved environmental management plans. Soon we’ll start on installing construction fencing, bulk earthworks and roadworks.
As part of our conservation works, which started in 2016, we’ve already planted 2000 plants that will mature into habitat trees preferred by the local koalas.
The first 330 residential lots will be available for sale in the new year. Register your interest here.
We’ll keep you updated as works progress.
Conservation works at Figtree Hill
1 December 2021Our plan for conservation
In recognition of the special environment at Gilead, we’re investing in a $35m conservation plan to guide the design, planning, construction, habitation and long-term stewardship of this site.
Our plan reflects our commitment to delivering sustainable outcomes – hear more from our Senior Development Manager, Mark Anderson.
3 November 2021Council meeting – Figtree Hill planning proposal
On 2 November, we attended a Campbelltown Council Meeting to submit an amendment to our planning proposal for the new Figtree Hill community.
The planning proposal amendment seeks to triple the quantity of public open space on site; retain more of the paddock trees and farm dams / ponds through improved location of public open space; and increase environmental protection through inclusion of new land-use zones that better suit the registered bio banks.
The amendment also seeks to improve housing diversity and affordability, by allowing two-story town houses and some local retail convenience; the community remains limited to 1700 homes.
We’re pleased to announce Council accepted our proposal, and we’re looking forward to starting works shortly.
Our proposal to Council can be found here.
16 December 2020Installation of our new Water Stations for our scaled, feathered and furry friends alike
We’ve been busy with partners Conservation Volunteers Australia, installing 15 wildlife watering stations across 36 hectares of land at Mount Gilead in Western Sydney.
These nifty stations will provide clean water for potentially thousands of animals including our scaled, feathered and furry friends alike.
Click here to find out more.
Setting a new benchmark in conservation, sustainability and urban development
A new community for families in south-west SydneyLendlease is developing a new community in Campbelltown, located just ten minutes from Campbelltown’s public transport network, schools, hospital and university.
We have commenced works on the first precinct, named Figtree Hill, which will deliver 1,700 new homes for families with parks, walking trails, cycle paths, adventure playground, local convenience stores and a community centre. Take a look at the Masterplan
The second precinct, Gilead, will deliver 3,300 homes, subject to planning approvals.
Community and economic benefitsThe Figtree Hill and Gilead precincts will deliver significant environmental, social and economic benefits, including:
- Investing $1.6 billion into the NSW economy over the life of the development.
- Supporting an estimated 2,000 full-time jobs per annum for the next 15 years.
- Working with local First Nations community to heal and protect Country and deliver cultural and socio-economic opportunities.
- Upgrading Appin Road to improve safety for motorists and wildlife.
- Creating a new community of 10,000 residents including generous parklands, public open space, and community facilities.
Conservation and sustainability benefitsWe are committed to making Figtree Hill a leader in sustainability because we recognise that a community can’t thrive if the world around it doesn’t. The project will:
- Deliver an all-electric precinct enabling the community to be run on 100% renewable power.
- Encourage smart home design and low-cost energy solutions to help reduce the communities carbon emissions and living expenses.
- Design a water-sensitive neighbourhood that will see better quality water leaving the site and into the surrounding creeks and the Nepean River.
- Restore habitat and conservation areas to help protect local wildlife and improve biodiversity.
The Nepean River
Koala Conservation PlanIn delivering our project, we’ve put in place a fully funded $35 million conservation plan that can help support the growth of the local Campbelltown koala population. The Koala Conservation Plan is intended to provide an overarching comment specific to the second precinct.
The Plan will reinstate habitat links in this region, which are vital to connecting koala habitat, and establish a safe passage between the Nepean and Georges rivers for the first time in more than a century.
Artist impression of fauna underpass at Beulah Reserve
It follows the necessary actions, as outlined by the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer expert advice on the Protection of the Campbelltown Koala Population (2020), to help local koalas thrive.
- Habitat - we will improve biodiversity in the area through increasing the quantity and quality of koala habitat. The restoration work will protect and manage 220 hectares of koala habitat in perpetuity through the Biodiversity Conservation Fund.
- Connectivity - we will facilitate safe east-west koala movement through the site by building, subject to government approval, two koala crossings underneath Appin Road at Noorumba Reserve and Beulah Reserve. We will also enable safe passage across the canal which runs through the site.
- Minimising threats - we will eliminate risks using exclusion fencing, urban design and active predator management.
- Adaptive management - we will conduct annual surveys and koala monitoring to measure the effectiveness of the conservation areas and predator control. This will help us manage ongoing research to improve performance.
Our Koala Conservation Plan supports all 31 principals for koala protection outlined by the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer (May 2021) in the Greater Macarthur and Wilton Growth Areas and Surrounds. Click here for our response. Click here to read the NSW Government report.
About the site
“The site contains remnant patches of native vegetation, heavily vegetated riparian corridors and gullies, and agricultural land that has a long history of disturbance associated with cattle grazing and horse agistments since the 1850’s.”
NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, 2020
We’ve undertaken more than 1,700 hours of onsite ecological studies to assess the quality of the existing bushland – it’s generally fragmented, poor quality, weed infested, and accessible to livestock for grazing.
While we wait on approval to build the underpasses, we’ve started the first stage of works that are not in close proximity to the underpass locations, or any designated wildlife corridors.
24 September 2021: We share the passion of local environmental groups to protect and grow Campbelltown’s koalas. In fact, koalas have been our key environmental consideration during planning for Figtree Hill. Click here for more.
If you’d like to get in contact with our Figtree Hill team, email [email protected]