Gininderry Difference - Planning for the Future

Start time: 3.30pm. Hear from David Maxwell, Steve Harding, and Jessica Stewart as they discuss the many interesting challenges and opportunities involved in the Ginninderry project.
Gininderry Difference - Planning for the Future

Ginninderry is a new residential development which extends from the ACT into NSW to the west of Belconnen. Ultimately home to approximately 30,000 residents over the next 30-40 years, Ginninderry aims to showcase world leadership through its planning, design, construction and post-occupancy performance.
Ginninderry is governed by a joint venture between the Suburban Land Agency acting as agent for the Australian Capital Territory and Riverview Developments (ACT) Pty Ltd with Riverview Projects (ACT) Pty Ltd acting as Development Manager.

A vision was established for Ginninderry, when planning for the new community began, to be a “sustainable community of international significance in the Capital Region”. This vision has formed the backbone of all decisions made at Ginninderry - ensuring that social, environmental and economic factors are taken into consideration in a triple bottom line approach. The past two years has seen the beginning of construction in Strathnairn, Ginninderry’s first suburb.

The development is seeking to challenge the ‘norms’ in relation to how new communities are planned today and how they can be developed with resilience for the future. The project has already been widely recognised for its holistic approach to achieving its overarching vision and is considered a ‘pilot’ project for many new initiatives. Engineering is a key discipline embedded into the project team working alongside other community building disciplines including sustainability, landscaping, training and employment and cultural planning. As the project explores many interesting challenges and opportunities, we invite you to share in this experience.



Mr David Maxwell | Executive Director, Riverview Developments

David has accumulated 40 years of experience in real estate, property syndication, project funding and major property developments. David fulfilled the role of National Development Manager for Woolworths Limited for over 10 years and was involved in completion of 35 development projects in this time. As the ‘town founder’ for the Ginninderry development, David brings with him a vision and passion that is not always found in the development industry. He inspires those around him and challenges their conventional ways of thinking. As a local growing up in Queanbeyan and marrying into the Corkhill family, David has a strong desire to leave a positive and lasting legacy for future generations of Canberrans. David is currently Strategic Advisor of the ACT Chapter of Property Council of Australia and is also an active supporter of many community and cultural groups throughout Canberra and the surrounding region.

Mr Steve Harding | Ginninderry Project Director, Riverview Projects

Steve holds tertiary qualifications in Civil Engineering from Sydney University and an MBA majoring in Property Development from University of Technology (Sydney). Prior to commencing with Riverview in early 2014, Steve worked for Lend Lease for close to 20 years and has extensive experience in property development.
He worked on a number of landmark projects in Sydney before moving to Canberra in 2007 to manage the company’s portfolio of developments, including the master planned communities of Forde and Springbank Rise. Steve enjoys the variety and challenge of large complex projects and working alongside people who share his passion for creating master planned communities like Ginninderry.

Ms Jessica Stewart | Ginninderry Sustainability Manager, Riverview Projects

Jessica Stewart

Jessica holds tertiary qualifications in Engineering and Science from the Australian National University, majoring in Materials and Mechanics, Renewable Energy Systems, Sustainability Science and Science Communication. Prior to commencing with Riverview
in late 2016, Jessica worked for five years with the ACT Government’s Land Development Agency (now Suburban Land Agency) in their Sustainability and Innovation section and as an Energy Auditor throughout the ACT and regional New South Wales. Jessica has a passion for building strong, resilient communities and exploring the reasons why people love (or hate) the places that they live, work and play. In 2017, Jessica was awarded with the NAWIC ACT Emerging Leader Award and was named the Property Council of Australia’s ACT Future Leader of the Year.


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11 / 02 / 2021 - 03:30 pm to 05:30 pm
Registration Closes
10 / 02 / 2021 05:30 pm
The Link
1 McClymont Way
Strathnairn, Canberra
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Key Speaker(s)
David Maxwell, Steve Harding, and Jessica Stewart
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