Mayor of Maitland, Mr Peter Blackmore and State MP, the Honourable Ms Robyn Parker turned the soil at a ground breaking ceremony this morning to mark the commencement of construction of a new $90 million residential community set to transform East Maitland.

Investa Land will deliver the masterplanned community of approximately 400 lots on the 50 hectare site in Chisolm. ‘Harvest’ will feature sustainable design principles and encourage housing that harvests energy and water to minimise its environmental impact and deliver costs savings to residents.

“The development of Harvest represents a significant investment in Maitland’s local economy and its local environment,” said Nathan Huon, Project Direct NSW, Investa Land.

“The estimated expenditure on land development and housing is around $175 million, a financial investment that will generate and support local jobs over several years. The benefits will be far-reaching and will be felt throughout the community.

“Investa Land will also contribute to improvements in local infrastructure including an upgrade of Raymond Terrace Road and the provision of a new signalised intersection,” Mr Huon said.

Regeneration and extensive landscaping works will revive two creeks flowing into Four Mile Creek which run through the site. Negotiations have commenced to enable the establishment of a new community park which will feature walking paths, shaded barbeque areas and a playground to encourage interaction among residents and engage children in active play.

Harvest will offer a wide variety of land lots ranging from Traditional lots, starting at 525m², to Ranch style lots of up to 2125m².

“By offering a variety of land lots and housing options Harvest will cater for the full spectrum of modern families and will contribute to a diverse and vibrant community,” Mr Huon said.

Investa Land has partnered with six quality builders at Harvest, Clarendon Homes, Eden Brae Homes, Hudson Homes, Masterton Homes, McDonald Jones Homes and Mojo Homes. Purchasers of land can engage their builder of choice.

Planning is well progressed on a sustainable Builder Display Village which is planned to open in 2015. The Display Village will feature contemporary display homes showcasing modern design trends and affordable initiatives that will deliver an energy and water efficient lifestyle. 

Harvest is situated ten kilometres from Maitland and 28 kilometres from Newcastle. A regular rail service from East Maitland provides access to Maitland and Newcastle. The community will be connected to other key destinations via the Pacific Highway, the New England Highway and the new Hunter Expressway.

The first land release at Harvest is planned for the second half of 2014. Registrations of interestare encouraged to ensure that potential purchasers receive information about the upcoming land release.

Harvest is located at 327 Raymond Terrace Road, Chisolm. To register interest e-mail harvest@investa.com.au or visit URL www.investa.com.au/harvest or Facebook /harvestchisholm or follow Twitter @harvestchisholm for more information.