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Catching up with Tim Cosh - Developer of Amblemead

At Amblemead, we are working on the beginnings of what will be a close community. We have had a great start to the year at Amblemead, with Stage 1 Civil Construction now completed and Stage 2 well underway. The Amblemead Reserve, the heart of the development, is taking shape and we are pleased to see how much progress is being made. Tim Cosh from Colindale, the group developing Mt. Barker’s newest community, is equally as pleased. We took a break to speak with Tim this week…


Location is a key consideration for people looking to buy, so why Amblemead?

Aside from the soon to be built neighbourhood centre just walking distance from Amblemead (we’ve timed it at 2-3 minutes!), we are perfectly located to several other features. There are eight schools including three kindergartens and pre-schools, and a TAFE SA campus, all within three kilometres of Amblemead. Getting to the city is also easy with direct access to the new Bald Hills freeway interchange. Of course, other features including the proximity to key health services and shopping on Wellington road and nearby Gawler Street, are a bonus for our new residents. So, once you have made the choice to live in Mt Barker, we feel Amblemead is perfectly positioned to build your brand-new home.


What is the vision for the Amblemead Reserve?

I truly believe that great communities are only achievable when a centralised space is available for people to come together. The Amblemead Reserve is designed to be just that, a space where friends and families can create lifelong memories. From my childhood, I still remember feeding the ducks with my Grandma in the local park. My vision is for future generations to make similar memories in the Amblemead Reserve and tell their stories for years to come. Hence why we believe “your story begins here”.


What features will be included in the Amblemead Reserve?

We have master-planned the Reserve to have something for everyone. The boardwalk and lake will form a very special place for residents to enjoy sunset drinks or feed the ducks with the kids. In addition, the playground will keep the young ones occupied while neighbours and visiting friends and family are socialising around the BBQ and shelter. There will be plenty of nature play elements, whilst those wanting to relax can find several park benches under the shade of the native gum trees. All the features are going to be linked by the linear path that will provide access to the neighbourhood centre which will be just a few minutes walk through the reserve.


What can you tell us about the Woolworths and local Neighbourhood Centre?

Council has zoned the land on our southern boundary as “neighbourhood centre” and we are really excited about the Development Approval given for a new Woolworths to be constructed. This will be in addition to several other speciality shops, creating a great level of convenience for Amblemead residents. We foresee residents walking or riding through the Amblemead Reserve to do some shopping or grab a coffee in the morning, or dinner after work. In our view, this is just another feature that makes Amblemead the best location for those looking for land in Mt Barker.


How long will residents have to wait for the development to be completed?

Last year’s heavy winter rains slowed Stage 1 down a little but to make up time, we have already kicked off Stage 2 which is due for completion in May 2017.  Once the first residents have moved in, over 60% of the development will be completed including the massive 2-hectare Reserve. We are also forecasting that stage 3 and 4 development works will be completed by 2019. The benefit of having just 162 allotments and 5 neighbourhood streets, is that residents will be in their homes reasonably soon and won’t have development works on their door step for many years to come!


We thank Tim for taking a break with us and we look forward to the milestones ahead. This month we are also inviting the Mount Barker community to have a free coffee on us! Be sure to check the Facebook event page for new locations each week. As always, keep up to date with what’s happening at Amblemead on our blog and Facebook page.

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