Canberra’s Federal Golf Club forced to move location for proposed retirement village

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The challenge of getting approvals. A new masterplan for the Red Hill precinct has earmarked land for the development with village developer Mbark.

However, the chosen site isn’t where the golf club had originally intended to build its village, meaning it will have to re-draw its plans.

Federal Golf Club’s director Bob Correll said he was pleased with the government’s masterplan for the designated land, although ‘a little disappointed’ the original location was overlooked.

Mr Correll said the club, along with its project partner Mbark, led by John Leo and Adam Somerville, would now start exploring options to redevelop on the new location and hoped to set the parameters for any future development as soon as possible.

He says the proposed development, the eighth put forward to redevelop the land since 1995, is vital to the club’s long-term survival.

The project would also involve building a new irrigation system and expanding the course’s pond capacity, helping to shore up the club’s water supply.

Mr Correll said a lack of water was the club’s “key vulnerability”.

Mbark specialises in ‘win/win’ joint developments with existing owners, their Wivenhoe Village in Cobbitty, NSW and The Arbour at Berry, NSW have both been nominated for Best Retirement Living Developments.