The regenerated nature reserve and wetland will create a natural backdrop along Arundel Springs Ave.A NEGLECTED strip of Gold Coast wetland will be converted into a nature reserve as part of a 25ha residential project.Developer Villa World has announced that the wetlands will become the “spectacular centrepiece” for its Arundel Springs estate.The Arundel reach of the Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area — which is home to a diverse range of natural species including a large population of kangaroos — has been locked away from public view for decades under private ownership as one of the Gold Coast’s last working dairy farms.Villa World CEO and managing director Craig Treasure said that since buying the Greenacre Drive infill site from the O’Brien family in 2016, Villa World had created a masterplan to include extensive public space directly fronting the Coombabah Wetlands.“Villa World sees this development as a major opportunity to both provide recreational amenities for the local community and to revive an area that has lain waste through years of neglect,” Mr Treasure said.“The area is overgrown with introduced weeds and is choked with sediment. We plan to extensively clean it up and add new plantings in line with council requirements to create a beautiful natural environment for everyone to enjoy. We have been working closely with the City of Gold Coast which has been very supportive of this initiative.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North12 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe first lots at Arundel Springs will be released later this year.The upgrade will include new bike and walking paths to connect landscaped parks and amenities within the Arundel Springs community. There will also be a series of resident access points to the nature reserve and viewing decks. Mr Treasure said the regenerated nature reserve and wetland would create a natural backdrop along Arundel Springs Ave — the main access route through Arundel Springs.“Villa World has designed Arundel Springs as an interactive environment to encourage play and recreation within the natural and urban spaces we’re creating,” he said.“The public spaces are designed to have minimal impact on the Coombabah Wetlands, while creating a distinctive and functional environment for the public. This will provide a spectacular centrepiece to the Arundel Springs project, which is currently Villa World’s flagship development on the Gold Coast.”On completion, Arundel Springs will comprise 306 residential lots and about 80 town homes. The project is expected to create around 1500 jobs during its staged development.Arundel Springs is scheduled for release in the first half of this year with lots ranging from 300sq m to 811sq m.“Arundel Springs is a community that will appeal to young couples, families and active retirees looking to build their dream home,” Mr Treasure said.
Tony Martin’s charge was sent off the 5-4 favourite for his first try over hurdles, having been down the field in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham and finishing second to stablemate Ted Veale on the level last time out. Ruby Walsh was happy to sit in behind on Blackmail as Tisamystery cut out the early running but once he moved to the front on the turn for home, there was little doubt about the result. A clean leap at the last sealed the victory and Blackmail powered away to win by 12 lengths from Enchanted Forest. Press Association Blackmail justified market support as he made a winning debut over obstacles in the 100,000 Euros Tote Pick Six Guarantee Maiden Hurdle, the opening event on day three of the Galway Festival. Martin and owner John Breslin were following up on Tuesday evening’s victory for Busted Tycoon. Breslin said: “Tony is the best, the master of them all. This horse jumped very well and Ruby gave him a fantastic ride. He’s a good horse – last night was good but today was exceptionally good.” Martin was pleased with his charge’s display and is already eyeing a trip to the Cheltenham Festival, saying: “He was very good. He boiled over at Cheltenham and probably shouldn’t have been in Punchestown after that. He’s not over-big but what he is is very agile and nimble. You’d like he’s a horse that’ll be going to Cheltenham again next March.” Walsh and Martin made it a double on the day as Victrix Gale ran out a convincing winner of the 40,000 Euros Tote Jackpot Guarantee Handicap Hurdle. The seven-year-old was switching back to the smaller obstacles after a couple of unsuccessful chase starts in Britain and she made short work of her rivals in this three-mile affair. While the soft ground may not have been ideal, 7-2 favourite Victrix Gale picked up after the last to win by a cosy seven lengths from Happy New Year with Your Busy back in third. Martin said: “I’m just happy that they’re running so well and it’s great that they’re winning. This mare won three last year. She ran very well at Perth on her comeback run and she then pulled muscles after a mistake she made at Uttoxeter. We were concerned about the ground but she did do a super bit of work last Friday.” Robbie Dunne executed an excellent piece of front-running riding as he made all aboard Pyrus Gold Wind in the Bet 10 Euros Get 10 Euros At thetote.com Handicap Hurdle. The 3lb claimer was positive from the off aboard Steve Mahon’s 25-1 shot, setting the early pace before kicking for home at the top of the straight. His rivals had little answer as Pyrus Gold Wind powered clear and while Wontbelongnow and Point The Toes tried to pursue him, Dunne had stolen the advantage to record a 12-length verdict in testing conditions. Mahon said: “He’s a little terrier. I felt he was highly rated beforehand but he’ll probably get a hike for this now.”