No one would have believed 10 years ago that a vibrant masterplanned community complete with a 6.5 hectare lake, Town Centre and 6,500 residents would sit where once there was a large expanse of barren crown land.
The Lakeside Pakenham community is turning 10 this April, with locals set to celebrate the many milestones achieved since Delfin Lend Lease began building the masterplanned community in 2001.
Surrounding the iconic 6.5 hectare Lakeside Lake, Lakeside Pakenham is now home to around 6,500 residents living throughout the eight unique villages and alongside 36 hectares of open space including landscaped parks, gardens, reserves and wetlands.
Delfin Lend Lease Project Director Sharon Coates said there were many reasons to celebrate Lakeside Pakenham’s 10th birthday.
“Our UDIA award winning community has come a long way since the first sod turning in 2001, to becoming one of the most desired addresses in the south-east corridor,” Ms Coates said.
“Delfin Lend Lease is committed to developing more than just subdivided land – we are about creating a community where residents can ideally live, work and play, with everything they need on their doorsteps.
“We have been extremely proud to witness the development and progress of the thriving residents group Lakeside Community Development Forum, and we know Lakeside will be in the best of hands with the Cardinia Shire Council as Delfin prepares to leave the community in 2012.
“With a train station due to arrive this year, the Town Centre expansion due in 2012 and our final village Lakeside Junction under development, there’s still plenty to be excited about at Lakeside Pakenham and we look forward to celebrating how far we have come at our 10th birthday celebrations on April 10.”
Lakeside Pakenham’s community group, the Lakeside Community Development Forum, has fostered strong community spirit since it was formed in 2006, with Lakeside identity and founding member Jack Mitchell welcoming Kathy Burgstahler as new chair last year.
Lakeside Community Development Forum chair Kathy Burgstahler said the community group was excited to be running the 10th birthday celebrations alongside Delfin Lend Lease and Council.
“This collaboration between the LCDF, Cardinia Shire Council and Delfin Lend Lease illustrates the strength of the community and we encourage people to find out as much as possible about the many groups, clubs, facilities, businesses, and events in the area,” Ms Burgstahler said.
Lakeside Pakenham celebrated the opening of its Town Centre, Village Lakeside, in 2004, which has rapidly become the hub of the community, with a Coles supermarket, Bendigo Community Bank, specialty shops, take-away stores, cafés and restaurants and more yet to come.
The 276-hectare Lakeside community looks forward to the completion of the Cardinia Road train station in 2011 and the 10,000m2 Lakeside Square Town Centre in 2012. Lakeside Square will complement the extensive array of shops, services amenity that already exist at Lakeside.
The 2008 UDIA award-winning Lakeside Pakenham is being developed by Delfin Lend Lease, Australia’s largest developer of masterplanned communities, with 26 projects nationally.