WHAT IS SP79?
In 1903, an 18-acre block of farmland was purchased in the Hills suburb of Parkerville, on which the Parkerville Children’s Home was established with the construction of an orphanage to house up to 40 children. Some of the land was used as an orchard and a small holding was run as a farm on which young boys learned agricultural skills.
PCYC once held significant tracts of land in the area. Over the years, PCYC has sold parcels of land for residential development and many existing community members now live on land once owned by PCYC.
SP79 is a remaining undeveloped 16.55ha site within the Parkerville landholding. Located opposite PCYC’s Beacon Road campus, the parcel of land is bound by Brindale, Kilburn and Roland roads. The old farmland site is north of existing homes on Kilburn Road and Clutterbuck Creek runs through it.
WHAT IS PCYC PLANNING FOR SP79?
PCYC is developing this parcel of land for sale as residential lots. Following a period of consultation, the land was rezoned from Rural to Rural Residential in 2019.
It is envisaged that SP79 will yield 58 lots, with most being 2,000sqm (which is around four times the size of an average suburban block).
In addition to 58 homes, development will also include internal roads, public open space and a foreshore reserve.
According to existing plans, of the 16.55ha, 12.33ha will be used for residential land, 0.99ha for public open space, 3.23ha for local roads, with the remaining 6.77ha becoming a foreshore reserve.
It is anticipated the land will be developed in four stages.
There are no plans to build shopping centres, car parks or other infrastructure within the development site.
SP79 is the last development PCYC has planned for its landholding in Parkerville.
WHAT ABOUT THE HERITAGE-LISTED BUILDINGS?
PCYC also has no plans to develop the land on which its heritage-listed areas/buildings are situated.
The original site for Parkerville Children's Home and now Parkerville Beacon Road Campus holds important significance to PCYC as an organisation and to individuals who lived here. Many of the old buildings are heritage-listed and efforts are currently under way to seek funding for their preservation and maintenance.
The Children's Cemetery, while not on campus, is leased from Council and still very much a part of Parkerville CYC. It is one such sacred site which has undergone some much-needed maintenance. Recently, the cemetery was privately blessed by Fr Chris Bedding from the local Anglican Church, and spiritually cleansed via a smoking ceremony conducted by Mr. Nick Abraham along with Yokai to provide spiritual healing.
WHAT IS PCYC LOOKING TO DEVELOP SP79?
Like many Australian institutions, PCYC has failed some of the children and young people in its care at certain times in its history. The organisation is a very different one today, however, it is important that we do what we can to address the failures of our past. Our apology can be found at parkerville.org.au and acknowledges the deep sorrow and regret of our past failures.
Following the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse, PCYC signed up for the National Redress Scheme as a way to acknowledge the wrongdoings of Parkerville Children’s Home and provide compensation for those who suffered as no child or young person should.
DOESNT PCYC ALREADY HAVE A RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT AT THIS SITE?
PCYC has a parcel of land within its Parkerville holding that was developed for residential lots. Harmony at Parkerville consists of 59 country-size blocks ranging from 2,000 to 20,000 square metres. Being developed in three stages, nearly all of the lots have been sold since sales commenced in 2015.
Significantly, we are taking learnings from this project into our plans for the development of SP79.