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Medical Centre & Pharmacy Now Open
In perfect time to assist with any dreaded winter bugs and ailments, the Vasse Pharmacy and Vasse Family Medical Centre are now open in the Vasse Village.
Vasse Family Medical Centre are open from 7am to 7pm Monday and Friday, 7am to 8pm Tuesday and Thursday, 7am to 5pm Wednesday and 8am to 11am Saturday. The Medical Centre is led by renowned GP's Dr Russell McDonald and Dr Richard Leavy.
The Vasse Pharmacy team is lead by Nadine Botha and they operate from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday. With everything from medicine and vitamins to giftware and personal care items, their extensive range of goods provides an added convenience for our community.
We are very excited to welcome more local medical specilaists to the Vasse Village, all conveniently located under one roof and just minutes from your doorstep at the Vasse Medical & Specilaists Centre.
Coles is progressing at rapid speed!
If you blinked you would have missed the tilt panels on the Coles supermarket going up in May. After their extensive earthworks programme and many concrete pours, the Coles site has quickly transformed from a level site to a striking building in just a matter of weeks.
Recent drone shots of the Vasse Village show the generous size of the supermarket, as well as the start of what will be an impressive entry facade along Napoleon Promenade. The Vasse Development Partners and Coles spent considerable time collaborating on the design of the building to ensure the supermarket facade facing Napoleon Promenade is developed to a superior standard, further adding to the high quality public realm that is being created in the Village.
Also in the main street, construction is shortly due to commence on the building opposite Coles. This building will be located next to the Medical Centre and will boast two storeys of premium retail and office space. With a cafe and some office and specialty retail space still available to lease, you can still secure your part in this vibrant new precinct and grow your business in the Vasse Village.
Watch this space - we're looking forward to sharing further updates with you as the Vasse Village comes to life and more key retailers join our local community.
Vasse Sporting Complex Stage 2 underway
Stage 2 of the Vasse Sporting Complex is now well under construction, with earthworks completed and turf now being laid. The second stage incorporates an additional sporting oval which adjoins the first oval, this additional space will be a huge benefit for our growing community and should be ready for summer sports to train and play on.
Stage 3 of the Sporting Complex is still subject to funding and approvals. Once funding is received, Stage 3 is intended to include club room amenities, hard courts and a bowling green.
The Sporting Complex is already used by the Vasse Royals Football Club, proudly sponsored by the Vasse Development Partners, as a home and training ground. The Complex will continue to provide a home for other local organisations as our community and sporting groups continue to grow. We're looking forward to seeing the Stage 2 works complete and ready for use.
Vasse Village Marketing & Promotions Consultant
The Vasse project is growing rapidly and we are looking for an experienced local Marketing & Promotions Consultant for the new Vasse Village. This role will be an integral part in establishing the Vasse Village as a successful commercial and retail hub for local businesses, residents and visitors alike.
The appointed consultant will manage and coordinate the implementation of all marketing, advertising and promotional strategies for the Vasse Village, in accordance with the Vasse Village Strategic Plan. The role involves financial management, event management, marketing and public relations, social media management and most importantly, stakeholder liaison.
This is a part time role requiring approximately 15 hours per week, depending on events.
To submit an application, please click here.
Nature Playground coming soon
We're very excited to confirm that Dawson Estate is getting its very own Nature Playground! Designed to occupy Vasse residents of any age and set to open in November 2017, the park will feature various play equipment including climbing obstacles, swing and a free play area.
The Nature Playground will also be home to various seating areas, barbeque amenities, walk and cycle paths and signature Vasse stonework, providing the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors with your neighbours.
In keeping with the Vasse Development's numerous sustainability and recycling initiatives, a number of Marri Tree trunks have been recycled and will be repurposed for use in the Nature Playground. The trunks have been saved during various subdivision works and will be featured in the exciting climbing areas of the playground.
Coles Express is now open!
Construction of Coles Express progressed quickly in the New Year, with the service station now open to the Vasse community.
Following the completion of Coles Express, the construction team have now moved across to the Coles site to construct the 3,500m2 supermarket. After an extensive earth works program began late last year, the construction team have now erected the tilt panels on site - we can't wait to see the finished result later this year!
Click here for information on the Vasse Coles Express opening hours.
Don't miss this once only First Home Buyers' evening.
Loads of bonuses, loads of incentives, loads of valuable info. Don't miss this fantastic once only First Home Buyers' Information Evening on Thursday 09 February.
Massive thanks to everyone who joined in the fun of our Minions Movie In The Park! What a turn out! And what amazing manners from all the kids who came to get their delicious Simmo's ice cream - such a wonderful, friendly and courteous Vasse community! We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did!
COLES IS HAPPENING!
Coles have begun construction of a full size 3500sqm supermarket in conjunction with a Coles Express and Liquorland. Coles Express is due for completion mid 2017 and Coles Supermarket is expected to open by Oct 2017. Coles Vasse will feature an expanded in-store bakery, butcher and large deli area, as well as an adjoining Liquorland and Coles Express service station and a large carpark to facilitiate more than 180 car bays.
McDonalds Vasse is now open!Friday the 16th of December will see the opening day for McDonalds Vasse, from 7 am that morning, Macca’s will be open 24/7!The state of the art McDonald’s restaurant boasts all the latest technology and menu’s McDonalds has to offer Australia wide.This business will be a huge boost to the local community with a large number of the staff being local residents and a portion of profits being channeled back into the community through McDonalds sponsorships and community funding programs.
Christmas Tree NewsThe Lovely big pine tree in the round about at Napoleon street Vasse has become the shining star of Christmas at Vasse this year!We are very proud of our Christmas tree which was previously located at the City of Busselton offices, due to the current expansion of the buildings there, the trees had to go, so we gently nurtured them through the re location and back to health. It is with great joy that we can celebrate this year with some bright lights, we hope the community can also enjoy the festive spirit this wonderful tree brings to our main street.Merry Chrismtas!
Full size Coles, Coles Express, Liquorland and more at Vasse Village Centre.
COLES has confirmed it will be building a Liquorland and Coles Express alongside its 2750 square metre supermarket at the Vasse Village Centre site, due for completion mid-2017.
Located in the heart of the Vasse Village Centre, the shopping hub will feature Coles’ latest market-style layout offering customers an expanded bakery, in-store butcher and large deli area as well as an adjoining Liquorland and Coles Express service station. The full range supermarket has been designed to span 3,750sqm, providing an extensive product range which offers choice, quality and value for customers. For parking convenience in Perth’s expanding south-west region, more than 180 car bays will be provided.
The Vasse shopping hub, located between the Vasse Bypass and Bussell Highway, will join a number of food, retail and commercial sites and a tavern.
The development has been approved by the City of Busselton with plans to tender the project to suitable builders in the coming months.
Vasse Village Centre developer and Hanson Property owner Geoffrey Hanson said the Coles acquisition for a full range supermarket and Cole Express at the heart of the Vasse Village was an endorsement of the statistical significance of the location.
“This is complemented by the sale of a seven tenancy fast food site, a major specialty retail site anchored by a news agency and lotto, and a two-storey medical centre and pharmacy with supporting allied health services currently under construction,” he said.
“An important service provider in the village will also be a new childcare centre that will be welcomed by the many young families that have adopted Vasse as home.
“In fact only one specialty retail site remains available for acquisition that is proposed to include a bar cafe and other retail.”
Two major fast food sites on the Bussell Highway frontage are under offer, while the tavern site remains available.
Mr Hanson said the Liquorland would not affect the proposed tavern, which would be located across from the Coles Express station.
“In our experience there is sufficient scope for a Liquorland and tavern to operate in a complimentary manner quite independently,” he said. “A tavern can offer food and beverage specialising in local product in an attractive main street and parkland environment, with excellent exposure to passing traffic and a drive-thru bottle shop.”
Mr Hanson said there had been quite a bit of interest in the tavern site.
“There has been enquiry with many parties awaiting the Coles announcement on the proposed construction and opening date, with the developer proactively preparing concept plans and liquor licensing application requirements.”
College gets $32m for expansion
The second-stage expansion of Cape Naturaliste College has been given the green light, receiving more than $32 million in yesterday’s State Budget.
About $6 million of the $32 million allocated to the project comes from Royalties for Regions, and it is expected to double the college’s permanent student capacity.
Vasse MLA Libby Mettam said by the start of 2020 school year, the college would have permanent classrooms and specialist facilities for 1200 students.
"The college is now well established in the community, but having opened originally as a middle school, it lacks some permanent facilities and the accommodation needed for a full Year 7-12 secondary school," she said.
"This expansion will improve the already outstanding learning opportunities available to students in the wider Busselton area."
Science labs, visual arts and media studios, a performing arts centre and more general classrooms are among the facilities to be added in the second stage.
Planning for the expansion is set to begin next year and building is due to start in 2018.
Ms Mettam said the upgraded facilities would support the expected increase in student enrolment across the South West.
"Our dedicated investment in improving opportunities for quality learning and teaching environments will continue to attract more people to live and work in regional WA," she said.
The New Vasse Bypass is Open
THE new Vasse Bypass opened Friday and saw transport minister Dean Nalder make his way down to our new town.
Mr Nalder said that the Vasse bypass will significantly improve traffic safety as Vasse expands and develops.
With more than 6000 vehicles per day including carriages and heavy vehicles, this road will be a main point of transport for future growth and tourists traveling to the beautiful Margaret River region.
“These volumes will only increase with time,” Mr Nalder said.
“Pedestrians are also provided for with the new underpass between the existing traffic roundabout at the eastern end of the bypass and the Buayanyup Drain, opposite the proposed village access point,” he said.
The new Vasse bypass is 4.2 kilometers and includes a bridge over the buayanyup drain.
Reducing traffic through the township and past the schools and cycle ways is imperative as Vasse is one of the highest growth areas in the state.
The VASSE Deckchair Cinema is Another Reason to Live and Play in Vasse.
LAST Monday the Vintage Australian Film Paper planes was well received by families of the Vasse community to mark the final event of the Festival of Busselton.
The organisation Caring For Reptiles was there with their scaly friends, Heidi sold the kids ice-cream and everyone socialised at the Dawson Park on January 25.
Congratulations to Little Laura who had the winning raffle ticket D73 and took home a $50 fuel voucher for the Vasse general store.
This year saw more than 170 attendees, several businesses and residents from all over the Vasse development.
We are sure next years event will bring even more attendees and a great flick to watch and enjoy under the stars.
Thanks to the sponsors, Hanson Property and the Vasse development for another great reason to live and play in Vasse.
The Community Open Day Was Another Huge Success.
WHAT a smashing success our second Community Open Day was, with approximately 500 people taking part in the festivities and going in the draw to win some great prizes.
Held on Saturday November 14 and organized by Hanson Property and the Vasse development the Community Open Day had pony rides, face painting, rock climbing, and heaps of freebies.
With exceptional feedback from our lovely community members and residents from neighboring areas, Vasse really was the talk of the town.
The estate was buzzing with people taking part in The Amazing Race, that saw participants traipsing across Vasse to search for answers to go into the draw to win a $3000 flight center voucher.
From counting display homes, to picking the right builders flag and even visiting Timothy Vasse at the future village center, The Amazing Race had 130 people enjoying the sun and a walk around our manicured gardens.
Sam Hanson from Hanson Property said It was a great day for families in the Vasse Community.
"Again we have managed to provide a free event which is well received by the residents who loved the opportunity to get out and meet more people in their community, " he said.
With such a great turn out and positive vibes, from the businesses that part took and the residents that attended, we are already looking forward to next years event.
Student artwork goes on display in Vasse
Artwork by students from Vasse Primary School and Cape Naturaliste College has gone on display in the Vasse Village Centre.
The artwork tells the story of the Vasse Village and has been incorporated into 130 metres of signage installed on Napoleon Promenade to screen construction.
It was created in workshops conducted by local artists Ian Mutch and Dune Haggar. The workshops explored the idea of connecting with the community and saw the children collaboratively brainstorm ideas for the drawings now available to view along the main street.
Sam Hanson of Hanson Property Group, exclusive selling agents, said the new banners along Napoleon Promenade are another successful collaboration between the Vasse development and the local schools.
“In keeping with our goal to engage with the local community, and the development's long-standing history of supporting the school art community, the Vasse Development Partners saw the ideal opportunity to incorporate the children’s artwork within the main street.
“The use of the children’s sketches in the hoardings has created an eye-catching entrance to the Village which, in various forms, will be in place for several years as the Village Centre is developed around it. It truly sets the scene for the vibrant and community focused Village Centre that will unfold in the years to come."
Simon Mansfield, Associate Principal of Vasse Primary School, said the school was excited to take part in the project. “It gave our students an opportunity to embrace their community and engage in a purposeful activity where they could see their work published. About ten year 5 and 6 students were involved and there was a real buzz when they saw their artwork blown up to size.”
Gilda Mason, Visual Arts Teacher, Cape Naturaliste College, added: “The illustration workshop was a wonderful opportunity for 20 of the art students from Cape Naturaliste College to collaborate with the two local artists. Together they produced creative designs for the signage, which is now up on Napoleon Promenade. We thank all involved for the opportunity to be a part of the pioneering development of Vasse.”
Major bridge and road opening in Vasse
Member for Vasse, Libby Mettam MLA, officially opened the Napoleon Bridge on Monday 21 September, connecting Dawson Estate with Vasse Village Centre and Birchfields Estate via Orlando Boulevard.
The bridge crosses the Buayanyup Drain and is located on Napoleon Promenade, the main street of Vasse Village Centre, which will be open to the public today (25 September).
The main street features renowned Vasse features including a wide, tree-lined retail boulevard with signature Vasse stonework garden beds and entry wall signage.
A nine metre Norfolk Pine was transplanted from the City of Busselton Council offices and dominates the approach to the bridge. A twin to this tree is on site awaiting transplant as another feature of the new round about at the intersection of Bussell Highway, Napoleon Promenade and Orlando Boulevard.
Alex Meares, Project Manager, said Napoleon Bridge and Promenade will become a primary entry point for locals, providing convenient highway access into the Dawson Estate.
“It will also provide a connection from Dawson Estate to the main commercial street where construction of the Coles supermarket, service station and medical centre are expected to commence in coming months.
“The landscaping of this main street is being completed this week, including the large Norfolk pine which was relocated from the City offices to make way for their new buildings.”
Sam Hanson of Hanson Property, exclusive selling agents, commented that the bridge opening will provide a long awaited link from Bussell Highway through to the Dawson Estate’s residential stages and Dawson Display Village.
Coles have purchased a large parcel of land central to the Napoleon retail precinct to construct a full size, 3,500m2 Coles Supermarket, liquor outlet and Coles Express service station. Sites are also under contract for a new two storey medical centre and specialty fast food outlets with advanced negotiations for other specialty retail tenancies underway.
Vasse plan go-ahead
City of Busselton councillors this week voted in favour of approving the Vasse Newtown Developer Contribution Staging Plan and Vasse Newtown Overall Development Guide Plan.
The plans ensure the City will be able to go ahead with building a new oval at Vasse this year, as part of stage one of the development.
The draft modifications were accepted by the council in March this year, with the final approval required this week before the City could send the plans to the Department of Planning.
In a report to council, planning and development services manager Paul Needham said several related matters and additional points of interest had been highlighted since March's draft was approved.
"It's a really good thing for the Vasse community in particular," Mr Needham said.
"It has been a long time coming. It's actually the first time we've been able to deliver significant infrastructure in one of our new communities and it's careful planning that has helped facilitate this."
The plans were adopted at Wednesday night's council meeting, with one minor change clarified in an alternative recommendation to reflect the land use definition.
The new VNDCSP means substantial upgrades and improvement to Newtown Oval will not go ahead as originally envisioned, which the report by staff showed would cause delays and lead to further costs.
Mr Needham said the new oval would have more space for sports, with the field able to cater for a senior game of football at any given time or two senior soccer games.
City Mayor Ian Stubbs said the plan was great for the Vasse community because it provided a source of funding for much needed playing facilities within the district.
"And this is funded through developer contributions and hopefully they will be matched by the Department of Sport and Recreation and City funds to provide high-quality recreational facilities," he said.
Public consultation was held in April and May this year, with no formal submission received. Two late submissions indicated "general support" for the plans.
The plans will now be known as the Vasse Development Area Developer Contribution and Staging Plan and the Vasse Development Area Development Guide Plan.
Source: The Busselton Dunsborough Times, Friday 24 July 2015, Page 1
The eight-year itch list is out
National property analyst Residex has identified a list of the suburbs it predicts will have the best statistical performance in WA in the next eight years.
The list makes interesting reading for buyers and sellers.
To get a berth on the list, the suburb must have more than 2000 properties with a minimum of 10 sales in the last quarter.
The Predicted Growth report also only features suburbs where property markets are tipped to grow at 5 per cent a year or higher over the eight years.
Residex also points out that the list is not a statement of fact, but an analytical prediction, based purely on the histroical growth data of the areas involved.
"There is one sure-fire way to absolutely, positively, 100 per cent, totally ensure you receive the predicted growth rate we've provided," the report says.
"And that's to not sell the property for anything less than the price you paid for it, indexed up by the growth rate."
Wandina, about 400km north of Perth, takes out the top spot for predicted growth areas for houses.
Vasse, about 230km south of Perth, came in as runner-up. Wellard was the first Perth metropolitan suburb to make the list, at No. 3.
The top two are tipped for a 10 per cent growth and the third, 9 per cent.
And before you dash off to check the for sale listings, Wembley, just 10 minutes from the CBD, was named the top predicted growth hotspot for units.
Wembley was followed by East Fremantle, 16km west of Perth's centre, and Highgate, with Fremantle in fourth.
Residex has tipped the top nine areas for units to have 6 per cent growth and the rest to experience 5 per cent growth.
Taken from The Sunday Times, Real Estate Liftout - Sunday June 14, 2015
Vasse estate to add 121 new home sites
A surge in buyer interest has prompted the release of the final 10 home sites in Stage 2 at Dawson Estate, Vasse, with work started on a further 121 lots in Stage 3A of the South West development.
Hanson Property representative Sam Hanson said Stage 2 was complete at Dawson Estate, and all lots were titled.
Buyers were quick to snap up most lots in the first part of Stage 2, prompting the release of the remaining 10 lots in this stage.
First settlements for this stage had already gone through, and the first concrete slabs for new homes had been poured late last year, with site works commencing on a number of other Stage 2 lots. Remaining Stage 2 home sites range from 403-560sqm and a priced from $157,000 to $187,500.
Construction is underway on first home sites in Stage 3A, which should be released in late February or early March 2015, with titles due in January 2016. This stage comprises 121 lots from 360-717sqm.
Mr Hanson said there had been a noticeable increase in buyers relocating from Perth to Vasse in recent weeks.
"Buyers are recognising the benefits of living in the beautiful South West, as the environment is tailored perfectly to suit a family lifestyle," he said.
"With highly regarded primary and secondary schools within walking distance, many parks and open spaces, and access to safe swimming beaches, it's not surprising so many people are making the move."
A survey at Dawson Estate showed 29 per cent of land buyers were investors and 71 per cent owner-occupiers, and about one-third of the owner-occupiers were first-homebuyers.
About 75 per cent of the owner-occupier buyers were local to Busselton, and 14 per cent of buyers were from Perth, with remaining buyers from other areas Mr Hanson said.
He said the Vasse Village Centre, due to open in 2016/ early 2017, would be developed as an iconic South West tourist destination with 5ha of retail and commercial space and showrooms when complete.
It would be the first town centre between Perth, Dunsborough and Margaret River, he said.
"The Vasse Village Centre will comprise a main street Coles supermarket, cafes, restaurants, specialty shops, a medical centre and a pharmacy, plus professional offices and fast food," Mr Hanson said.
The Coles supermarket and Coles Express service station were already committed and due to open in 2016, and several parties had expressed strong interest in the proposed medical centre and pharmacy.
"Negotiations with these parties are currently underway, with the intention of bringing a suite of medical and allied health services to Vasse."
Mr Hanson said a new display village, with 13 homes by leading project builders, opened in August and had generated strong visitor traffic.
The National Broadband Network was now connected to Vasse, giving local businesses, residents and visitors high-speed internet access.
For more information on the remaining lots in Dawson Estate, please click here.
(The West Australian - Saturday 31 January 2015. Pictured below - Hanson Property's Sam Hanson with construction manager Russell Murray.)
Vasse Deckchair Theatre a success!
We had a great night last night at Vasse for our first ever showing there. The crowd was between 170 and 180, weather was perfect and people enjoyed being shown the International Space Station flying overhead during the interval.
The kids weren't too sure about the multitude of kangaroo droppings on the grass and we raised $162.20 from the raffle. Participants showed a really good sense of community, probably due to many people knowing each other, with the children playing together before the movie started and during the interval.
All in all, a most enjoyable night, so many thanks to the Vasse Development and Hanson Property for sponsoring what I hope will be the first of many similar annual events.
Bernie Masters - Theatre Coordinator
Spotlight on sustainable living - new South West property development achieves EnviroDevelopment sustainability
The standard for sustainability in residential developments has been raised high, with the new Vasse Dawson Development in WA’s South West being awarded EnviroDevelopment (ED) certification for the development’s impressive Community and Ecosystem sustainability initiatives.
Residential sustainability is often seen as centring on energy efficiency and waste reduction, but creating a sustainable community goes much deeper in the conceptual stage in order to design a property development that will provide a safe, economically prosperous and vibrant community which promotes active and healthy living for the long term.
Leading the sustainability focus of the project, Wood & Grieve Engineers (WGE) championed the EnviroDevelopment certification on Perron Group’s masterplanned Vasse Dawson Developement The WGE team worked alongside the wider project team to plan and deliver the sustainable aspects across the property development.
Showcasing the potential of a sustainable community, Vasse Dawson has been planned as a self-sustaining community with abundant parks, easily accessible amenities, a highly connected network of walk and cycle paths, a village centre and community club, educational facilities and a nearby light industrial zone to provide local jobs.
“When you think about the factors that make a community truly sustainable, it needs the ability for residents to access local amenities within walking distance, places to foster social interaction, and infrastructure to provide local jobs and education” explained WGE sustainability section manager Prasanna Suraweera.
“At Vasse, the input of local residents was also of great importance and a lot of work was put into communicating directly with the local community to capture their vision and ideas for a stand-out property development that people of all ages and backgrounds will be proud to call home.”
In order to foster healthy lifestyles and safe neighborhoods the Vasse Dawson development has been designed from day one as a ‘walkable community’ with most residential lots within 200m of a park or significant amenity. Reducing reliance on driving as a primary mode of travel and provision of efficient means of active travel are factors in community sustainability. Residents will enjoy a highly connected network of leafy boulevards and well-lit pedestrian and cycle paths which provide easy access to the village centre, education precinct, and nearby light industrial area.
The unique Rails to Trails corridor has been rehabilitated to provide cyclists and pedestrians with an alternative connecting route to the formal street and path network.
Highly accessible public facilities will encourage a vibrant community and social interaction for residents of all ages, with stand-out public amenities including a community club, abundant sports grounds, and village centre hub with cafes, shops and shaded rest areas.
“The Vasse Development Partners through Hanson Property have worked actively to establish community partnerships for over 10 years through a number of long standing sponsorship programs and local school initiatives. This combined with a community focused design ensure Dawson Estate is the ideal place to live and play” Geoffrey Hanson, Project Marketing Manager at Hanson Property quoted.
In addition to residential planning, Vasse will be an economically sustainable community with the provision of employment and business opportunities planned to underpin the population growth. The capacity to provide commercial prosperity was highlighted in an economic activity and employment study specifically undertaken for the development which indicates that when fully developed, Vasse can expect to achieve a high employment self-sufficiency rate.
As the first property development in the South West to be ED certified with Vasse willingly undergoing a sustainability scorecard, home owners now have the option of buying into a development that is dedicated to sustainability.
“The Dawson estate is recognised by EnviroDevelopment as being positioned to deliver a strong sense of community and improvement to the local ecosystems and delivering a more sustainable lifestyle to the residents” said Paul McQueen, EnviroDevelopment WA Chairman.s
EnviroDevelopment is a scientifically based system designed by the Urban Development Institute of Australia, which makes it easier for homebuyers to recognise and select more sustainable developments and lifestyles.
“An EnviroDevelopment recognition is a milestone for Wood & Grieve Engineers and is a credit to the sustainability focus of the Vasse Dawson Community” explains Mr Suraweera. “With an experienced in-house sustainability team, we are excited to partner with companies who share our commitment to, and passion for, sustainability in commercial and residential projects.”
Press Release - January 2015
Vasse EnviroDevelopment Case Study
The Vasse Development Partners are proud to announce that the Dawson Estate has recently been awarded two UDIA EnviroDevelopment Leaves for Community and Ecosystems. Vasse is the first development in the South West to receive EnviroDevelopment certification.
Project Overview: Vasse Dawson is the current residential subdivision of the masterplanned community of Vasse, an ultimate development comprising three residential estates, a village centre, a light industrial area and education hub.
The development team has sought to create Vasse Dawson as a community oriented township whilst improving the local environment and encouraging a more sustainable lifestyle.
Ecosystems: Vasse Dawson is situated on ex-agricultural land and implements measures to enhance the local ecosystem within a residential development setting through revegetation of degraded areas and predominant native plantings throughout the public realm. Ecosystems has been achieved with initiatives such as:
- Significant area of green space created, focus on natives but also includes deciduous species allowing penetration of winter light.
- Revegetation of the Frankland wetland and Buayanup drain improves local ecological attributes.
- The Western Ringtail Possum population was managed during construction phase and improved habitat opportunities created.
- Urban water management includes onsite infiltration, creation of bioretention swales and landscaping with a drainage function.
Community: Vasse Dawson has been designed to deliver a vibrant, healthy, connected and prosperous community through design and building upon existing community partnerships. Community has been achieved with initiatives such as:
- The Rails for Trails heritage path which provides multifaceted opportunities for education, healthy active transport options and ecological benefit.
- Partnerships, community grants and sponsorships deliver arts, sports and childhood development opportunities.
- A walkable street network creates connections to open space, community facilities, village centre and educational destinations.
- A well connected community with varied local amenities provided.
For more information on EnviroDevelopment, please click here.
Village sites for sale at Vasse centre
The first commercial sites are for sale at the new Village Centre at Vasse, which will service residents and South West Tourists.
Marketing has started on stage one of the village, where Lease Equity and Hanson Property Group have been appointed to sell four retail and commercial lots and two Bussell Highway ground lease lots.
The four lots vary from 300sqm to 1478sqm and have specific use and guidelines to meet the design qualities of the new main street, Napoleon Promenade.
Lease Equity's capital markets director Luke Pavlos said the new centre was being developed as a sustainable, high-quality retail precinct to service the community growing around it and the South West tourism market.
"Every year, more than 500,000 visitors are attracted to Busselton, with more than 400,000 passing through Vasse on their way to Dunsborough, Margaret River and Augusta," Mr Pavlos said.
"It is the only town centre situated on the bypass roads from Perth to Margaret River, so it is not difficult to see why the Village Centre at Vasse is considrered to be one of the most significant satellite developments in the South West region. It will ultimately become an iconic South West tourism destination."
The Village Centre at Vasse is part of the Vasse Estate, three-interlocked estates at the junction of the Busselton Bypass and Bussell Highway, 10km West of Busselton.
Hanson Property Group principal Geoff Hanson said when finished, Vasse would have 2100 home sites accomodating close to 5000 residents.
"Stage one of the residential development is completed sold out and early take-up for the new Dawson Estate (stage two) is very strong," Mr Hanson said.
"The quality of finish and attention to detail, together with established community services and amenities including schools, recreation facilities, the proposed South West Institue of Technology, its proximity to the regional airport and being at the gateway to the Margaret River region are huge selling points."
The new town centre will be anchored by Coles, which will build a 3500sqm supermarket and a Coles Express service station by early 2017. Cafes, restaurants, a gourmet specialty retail, a medical centre, pharmacy, professional services and fast food outlets are also planned.
Lease Equity managing director Jim Tsagalis said the Village Centre would attract strongly performing retailers.
For further information on the sites available for sale or lease, please click here.
(The West Australian - 5 November 2014)
Inaugural Vasse Community Open Day
It is with great pleasure and pride that we announce the very first Vasse Community Open Day.
On Saturday 25 October 2014 from 1pm to 4pm, the park in the exciting new Dawson Estate will be transformed into a bustling community zone full of activities and attractions for the whole family!
Showcasing a 10m rock climbing wall, bungee jumping stations, pony rides, face painting, coffee van, ice cream truck, the local fire brigade and fundraising stalls for local sporting clubs. Come down, meet your neighbours, enjoy a day of fun with your family, support your community and find out about what is happening at Vasse.
Simply follow the signs from Bussell Highway into Dawson Estate or cycle across the foot bridge from Birchfields Estate, across the Buayanyup Drain and over to the new park.
One lucky attendee will win a $3,000 Flight Centre voucher. Simply complete the entry form at the Vasse Land Sales Office to go in the draw!
We look forward to seeing you all there on the day!
The Vasse Team
Doors open at Vasse home display
An array of new display homes was unveiled at the Vasse development last weekend. Thirteen display homes opened their doors on Saturday and Sunday at the planned development.
Aussie Living, Celebration Homes, Content Living, Country Builders, Dale Alcock Homes, Dreamstart Homes, Homebuyers Centre, Home Group WA, Plunkett, Redink Homes, Smart Homes for Living, Summit Homes and Ventura Homes were on display.
The new sales and information centre was also opened for the public and includes nine-star energy efficiency and sustainable design elements.
Busselton-Dunsborough Times - 22 August 2014
Club gives thanks to grant for uniforms
The Vasse Junior Hockey Club are decked out in new uniforms thanks to a local grants program. The club is among the latest round of recipients in the Vasse Community Sponsorship Program - offered by the Vasse Joint Venture Partners to support not-for-profit groups in the growing development.
Club co-ordinator Julie Raine said the grant of about $1,500 helped them buy their first uniforms, with help from Hip Pocket Workwear in Busselton.
She said previously children wore their school uniforms and the new kits had made a huge difference.
"They enable us to be recognised as a proper team. Our coaches wear them and our managers wear them; it's been fantastic," she said.
Ms Raine said the grant was needed because the club had grown from 16 to 60 players in the past three years. Other recent grant recipients include the Vasse Junior Soccer Club, Vasse Royals Football Club, BUZ Nurture Works and the Vasse Art Awards, which has been supported for the past 10 years.
(Busselton-Dunsborough Times, Friday 4 July 2014)
Vasse secures Coles full range supermarket
The Vasse Development Joint Venture partners announce that national retailer Coles Supermarket will take up the flagship position at Busselton’s premier master planned development at Vasse. To be located in the heart of Vasse’s Village Centre, Coles will develop their 3500m² supermarket to anchor the Village that will include specialty retailers, cafés, restaurant, fast food outlets, medical facilities and other businesses.
Coles have contracted to acquire over 1.5 hectares of land in the Village main street known as Napoleon Promenade, to build a supermarket and Coles Express service station. Subject to approvals, the complex is targeted to be open by early 2017. Coles communications manager Julia Balderstone said “Coles was drawn to the development due to the strong population growth and a great opportunity to be part of a high quality residential development and town centre.” Coles says 150 jobs will be created when it opens a supermarket, liquor store and service station at Vasse.
Construction has already commenced on Napoleon Promenade to accommodate the new Coles supermarket, service station and other specialty retail. A bridge over the Buayanyup Drain between Dawson Estate and the Village has also been constructed. A new roundabout on Bussell Highway, that will link the award winning Vasse Birchfields residential estate with the new Village Centre and recently completed first two stages of Dawson residential estate, is programmed to be completed early next year.
The announcement comes at an exciting time, according to Property Manager, Geoff Hanson; “The recent commitment of this full range supermarket is an important endorsement of the progress being made across the entire Vasse development”.
“The Village Centre will compliment the already established residential estate, the light industrial business park and community infrastructure that is supported by the Vasse Primary School and new Cape Naturaliste Senior College. Given these plans also follow the Government’s announcement that Vasse is the preferred site for a new Busselton South West Institute of Technology Campus, it is clear that Vasse is delivering on its potential”, added Mr Hanson.
Hanson Property are taking expressions of interest now for retail, commercial and medical opportunities in what has been designed as a most appealing main street that has been the subject of extensive creative work-shopping to ensure the Village delivers that ‘point of difference’ that creates a true village atmosphere. It will feature local stone and timber landscape features and embellishments as well as public artworks.
For a plan of the Vasse Village Centre, please click here.
New town centre ready to emerge
Construction is said to start on a new town centre in Vasse that will service the surrounding residential area and capture passing trade from the Busselton Bypass. A 3500sqm Coles supermarket will anchor the development, which is likely to include a medical centre, pharmacy, a tavern, café, piazza and a Coles Express service station.
The Vasse development Joint Venture, owned by the Perron Group and private investors, will release 10 lots with a total commercial space of 4600sqm in the first stage of the town centre, which will be built on the new main street known as Napoleon Promenade.
Joint project manager and selling agent Hanson Property managing director Geoff Hanson said Coles has purchased a 1.5ha flagship in and was expected to open in early 2017.
The first stage of the Vasse subdivision at Birchfields Estate has 570 lots and now has 500 homes. Sales have started at the nearby Dawson Estate.
With traffic on Bussell Highway and the Busselton Bypass converging at the roundabout entrance to the new town centre and future residential infill expected between Dunsborough and Busselton, Mr Hanson said there will be a strong demand for the new businesses and services in Vasse.
Construction has started on Napoleon Promenade and a bridge over the Buanyanyup Drain between Dawson Estate and the village has also been constructed.
Civil construction at the town centre starts next month and titles are expected to be issued at the end of the year.
With the benefit of planning that started from a clean slate, Mr Hanson said the town centre would be built in line with the same high standards as the surrounding residential areas and would include local stone and timber landscape features as well as public artworks.
(Marissa Lague, The West Australian, 16 April 2014)
For a plan of the new Vasse Village Centre, please click here.
SWIT site revealed
Vasse has been officially announced as the preferred site for a new Busselton South West Institute of Technology campus, two years after the idea was first mooted. The State Government released the long awaited results of their independent Site Feasibility Study on Wednesday, with three different Vasse sites judged among the top four from the shortlist of 11.
A 2ha site in the future Vasse town centre was rated highest with an 8.10 weighted score out of 10. The existing site on South Street rated second with a score of 7.60. The decision is open for public submissions until December 20. Training and Workforce Development Minister Terry Redman said the new training campus would be a major project for the South West.
“South West Institute of Technology currently operates a training campus from transportable facilities located at the Busselton Senior High School, which is not an ideal situation in the long term,” Mr Redman said.
He said the site would take advantage of the future services and facilities in the Vasse town centre. The chosen location has an estimated purchase cost of $8 million and will enable multi-storey development. There is no timeframe for the purchase and the study summary report suggests it is some years away.
“This will ideally occur when the town centre development is established so that campus students and staff can access the existing amenities,” the report said.
City of Busselton Mayor Ian Stubbs said he was pleased with the decision because the location was central to the Cape to Cape region.
“I am fairly sure Vasse has a bright future,” he said.
“I think the TAFE facility will help the growth of the Vasse centre and the Vasse centre will provide great support for the TAFE.”
Cr Stubbs said the timing of the facility was in the State Government’s hands but “the sooner they can get it underway the better.”
Busselton and Districts Residents Association president Ian Clarke said he was glad the report was out and a procedure has been followed.
The group has previously questioned why the Vasse site was publicly favoured. Three sites suggested by BaDRA were considered in the study and one, the former abattoir site at the intersection of Busselton Bypass and Queen Elizabeth Avenue, made the final shortlist.
(Rachel Curry, Busselton-Dunsborough Times, 22 November 2013)