July Newsletter

Construction Update

I am pleased to report this month that we can finally expect compliance for Stage 1 within the first couple weeks of August. Negotiations with Council have concluded and bonds are being prepared in order to enable Statement of Compliance.

This would mean that titles would be registered between 2-6 weeks after (depending on timings at the Titles office) and settlements 2 weeks after that.

With Stage 1 now almost squared away, our attention will turn to Stage 2, for which I will be in a better position to report on in the coming weeks.
Richard Stokes,
Verve Projects – Project Manager


DRC News

Mullum Creek website – What is new?

Mullum Creek documents

All Mullum Creek guides and other documents are now freely available on the website. There is no longer a password-protected section to access Mullum Creek documents. All of the documents previously located inside the website Data Room are now located under the main menu, Resources.

3D estate navigator
The main new addition to Mullum Creeks Resources is the Virtual Estate Navigator.

Mullum Creek has commissioned the DRC to develop a 3-D model file that allows you to explore in simplified graphic form the entire Mullum Creek estate – its natural landform, existing trees and roads, prescribed 3D building and vegetation envelopes, and proposed home designs. We invite all lot owners and other website visitors to wander around the Mullum Creek estate on their screen, via a Building Information Modelling (BIMx) viewer. The operating software is located on an online dropbox server, found here.

The BIMx viewer file is regularly updated, with new proposed homes included as they are received by the DRC when they are submitted for Step 1 preliminary design review. This provides an up-to-date visualisation of how designs on the estate are emerging, well ahead of construction commencing. It’s important to recognise that in some cases the appearance of a proposed new home is not detailed, and is presented only as a basic mass model (see also note below).

Through the BIMx viewer file lot owners and their designers are able to confirm view lines along streetscapes, into reserves and down to the Mullum Mullum Creek. They are also able to check the overshadowing effects of dwellings and existing trees both within and between lots.

Please note: The DRC will not accept enquiries regarding operation of the BIMx viewer file, nor the merit or otherwise of dwelling designs presented in it. Mullum Creek and the DRC also accept no responsibility for the accuracy of civil, architectural or landscape elements, whether existing or proposed, as presented in the BIMx viewer file. It is purely a tool to assist with conceptual visualisation of dwellings proposed for the estate which you may use for design purposes at your own risk. Some dwelling forms in the BIMx as submitted to the DRC include external colour and texture, whilst others are only in detailed or basic white mass form. In most cases refinements in dwelling design resulting from or subsequent to Step 1 review are not incorporated in the BIMx viewer file.
BDAV 2016 Building Design Awards

Congratulations to EME Design, Maxa Design and Raphie Kruse for their success at the 2016 BDAV awards.

Click here to see how Mullum Creek architects EME Design and Maxa Design dominated this year’s BDAV Awards, together with our own Raphie Kruse.  Behind the Winning Residential Design – Best Small Lot Design’, ‘Upsidedown House’, Raphie worked on the schematic design, oversaw the design detailing, and did much of the tradework to the interior fit-out.

Community & Events 

Munro Court Open Garden 

Eight sustainably designed, low-impact houses sit around a small court. They are linked by gardens which have no front fences but provide maximum privacy via courtyards and well placed windows, walls and tall shrubs.

Sam Cox designed and landscaped the gardens using large granite rocks, mulched planting mounds and water-permeable gravel paths. Marilyn Sprague of the Goldfields Revegetation Nursery in nearby Mandurang provided the plants – all chosen for hardiness for the cold frosty winters and extreme hot dry summers of Castlemaine.

The houses are small, low-impact and energy-smart. Local building designers Paul Hassall and Robyn Gibson of Lifehouse Design had to meet some stringent requirements for the project,
including correct orientation, maximum natural light, double glazing, cross-ventilation, airlocks at front doors, solar hot water and photovoltaic cells on roofs. The build started in 2002 and the eight houses and a studio were completed by 2009. The court now houses 18 residents ranging in age from three to 93 years.

Date: Saturday 10 September 2016 and Sunday 11 September 2016, 10:00am – 4:30pm
Location:  Munro Court, Castlemaine 3450
Entry price $10 (children U18 free)
For details: Click here


Park Orchard Farmers Market

A community organised farmers market run by the Park Orchards Ratepayers Association and Park Orchards Lions Club selling fresh meat, fish, poultry, dairy, fruit, nuts, berries, vegetables, herbs, breads, wines, oils and condiments.

Date: Sunday August 20, 9:00am to 1:00pm
Location: Park Orchards Primary School. Corner Bowmore Avenue and Park Road, Park Orchards 3114
For details: Click here

Warm regards,
Mullum Creek Team

There are places you remember. Mullum Creek is a place you’ll never forget.

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