13 April 2017
Variety Slab pour a

Last weekend, Redbank residents and the project team celebrated the slab pouring of the GJ Gardner Variety Freedom House with a community barbeque. 

Hosted by Variety, and with the help of the generous Kurrajong North Richmond Rotary Club, the barbeque gave locals the opportunity to get to know one another and see how the Freedom House project was progressing.

North Richmond Public School students enjoyed the face painting and giveaways on offer, and Hearty the Variety mascot even made a special appearance.

Once built, the Freedom House will be auctioned off to help Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live, laugh and learn.

Project partners broke ground on the site last month with the help of NRL legend Mark Geyer. A generous team of tradies and suppliers will be working hard to build the house by August, ready for auction in spring.

To support Variety and help bring the GJ Gardner Variety Freedom House to life, visit www.variety.org.au to make a donation, or visit the team at G.J. Gardner Homes Sydney West if you would like to volunteer materials or trade services to this incredible project.

Meet Timothy & Beth

Yeoman’s soon-to-be residents, Timothy Rapson and Beth Crawford.

First home buyers Timothy Rapson and Beth Crawford are the proud new owners of a slice of the Redbank lifestyle at Stage 4 Yeomans.

Currently living in Rouse Hill, the engaged couple are looking forward to their independence when they move out from their parents’ homes for the first time and start their life together.

Timothy and Beth chose to buy at Redbank for the location, beautiful scenery, environmental focus, and overall community feel. They’re keen to get to know their new neighbours and experience what the Hawkesbury region has to offer, including the local golf courses and the Sydney Polo Club.

With construction to commence on their new home and a wedding to plan for next year, Timothy and Beth are excited for what’s to come.

We welcome Timothy and Beth to the Redbank family.

Snapped at Redbank

North Richmond Public School students celebrate the slab pouring of the slab pouring of the GJ Gardner Variety Freedom House at Redbank.

Did you know

Did you know one of Australia’s oldest pub is just up the road in Windsor?

During the time of Napoleon’s reign in 1815, The Macquarie Arms Hotel was built as a public reception house under the order of Governor Macquarie himself.

More than 200 years on, it’s believed the spirits of the first residents and punters can still be seen and felt lurking in the cellar and main bedrooms of the hotel. If you are feeling brave, or in the spirit, book a ghost tour.

To find out more about The Macquarie Arms Hotel’s rich history, or to check out upcoming gigs and bistro specials, visit www.macquariearms.com.au

Egg-cellent Easter Treats

With school holidays in full swing and Easter only a few days away, it’s time to hop to it and keep the kids occupied in the kitchen with some of these cracking chocolatey recipes.

Chocolate bark

500g dark or milk chocolate Assortment of Easter treats (halved chocolate eggs, hundreds and thousands, coconut, M&Ms etc.)

1. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Break the dark or milk chocolate into a large glass bowl and place over a small saucepan of simmering water, ensuring the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Over a low heat, slowly melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally until smooth and glossy.

2. Pour the chocolate onto the prepared baking tray and spread into an even layer using a spatula.

3. Top the chocolate with the assortment of Easter treats.

4. Leave to set at room temperature, then break into shards to serve. Chocolate will keep for two weeks in an airtight container.

Adapted from a BBC Good Food recipe.

White chocolate cupcakes

1 packet of vanilla cake mix 
⅔ cup of white chocolate chips 
140g cream cheese 
3 tbsp of softened butter 
½ tsp of vanilla extract 
1 ¾ cups of icing sugar 
1-2 tbsp of milk 
½ cup toasted coconut Mini Easter eggs

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line 12 cupcake cake tins.

2. Mix the cake according to packet instructions, spoon the batter into the cupcake liners and bake for 15-18 minutes. Cool to room temperature.

3. For the icing, melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave and leave to cool.

4. In another mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter for one minute. Then add the melted chocolate and vanilla extract and beat for another minute. Beat in the sugar until your mix is light and fluffy. Add milk to achieve the desired consistency.

5. Transfer the icing mixture to a piping bag and pipe onto the cupcakes. Top each cupcake with toasted coconut and three mini Easter eggs.

Adapted from a Mom Junction recipe.

What's On
Redbank Community BBQ

Redbank invites you and your family to the prestigious Sydney Polo Club at Richmond for an informal get together. Take in the beautiful surroundings and connect with your new neighbours while you catch up on the progress of Redbank Estate.

Saturday, 22 April from 12-2pm Sydney Polo Club, 100 Ridges Land, Richmond RSVP by Tuesday, 18 April to community@nrjv.com.au


St Albans Folk Festival

Held over the weekend before Anzac Day, the St Albans Folk Festival is home to quality traditional and contemporary folk music, as well as workshops, dances, poetry and children’s activities. The event showcases a long list of local and international performers, song writers and musicians, as well as a range of food, produce and market stalls.

Friday, 21 April to Sunday, 23 April Wollombi Road, St Albans Tickets and further information is available on the website at www.stalbansfolkfestival.com.au

The Australiana Pioneer Village

Do you ever think about what life was like in the Hawkesbury 150 years ago? The Australiana Pioneer Village will transport you back to the time of horse-drawn carriages and blacksmiths, and allow you experience the sights, sounds and aromas of the past. Located just outside of Windsor on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, The Australiana Pioneer Village offers visitors a range of attractions for the whole family, from miniature train rides and shearing demonstrations, to ghost tours and horse carriage rides.

10am to 4pm every Sunday Rose Street, Wilberforce

Redbank Birdwatching

Explore the rolling hills and heritage-protected parklands when Redbank resident Tom Walsh kicks off his regular birdwatching walks this month. To register your interest, email community@nrjv.com.au

Sunday, 23 April at 8am Meet at the dam end of Peel Park What to bring: water, sunscreen, binoculars and camera.

School holiday activities

Kids Build Together

Kids Build Together provides a unique space where you and your children (ages 0-7) can learn, create, interact and develop using a range of different building blocks. The program helps to develop skills such as literacy, maths, physics and social-emotional skills. There’s no need to book, just drop-in and play.

10am to 12pm Monday and Tuesday 5/9 West Market Street, Richmond $10 per family

Hawkesbury Regional Gallery

The latest exhibition to hit the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery is Soft Core, an exploration of the many facets of ‘softness’. From large-scale inflatables and forms made from soft materials, to materials that simply look soft, the featured artists are showcasing works that demand attention. Using air, nylon, unfired clay and plastic bags, some of the works even require activation using electricity or inflation.

Hawkesbury Regional Gallery 300 George Street, Deerubbin Centre, Windsor Exhibition until 14 May 2017

Hawkesbury Central Library book sale

Take the kids down to the Hawkesbury Central Library to grab a bargain. A range of new and second-hand books will be on sale for budding bookworms.

Wednesday, 12 April to Wednesday 26 April Hawkesbury Central Library 300 George Street, Deerubbin Centre, Windsor

Project Updates

GJ Gardner Variety Freedom House

Excavation works on the GJ Gardner Variety Freedom House have been completed and the slab has been poured. To celebrate, Variety hosted a community barbeque with face painting, giveaways and an appearance from Hearty the mascot.

The Gallery

From 11 April, the site is now closed as construction works begin. McDonald Jones application for Home Owners Warranty (HOW) has been lodged and will be provided to all homeowners shortly. If you are in the process of obtaining the ‘Authority to Commence Construction’ letter from your bank it may be useful when received to send the HOW to the lender. For any questions relating to this or your building contract, please contact Elif Kaplan via email at ekaplan@mjhmulti.com.au or on 02 8808 7467.

Mountain View

As advised, Stage 2 has been lodged with LPI. Registration is expected to take three to five weeks. Our solicitors, Thomson Geer, will contact your legal representatives to notify them of registration.

Our meeting was held with Sydney Water (SW) on 13 April and a preferred option was selected. The preferred option now goes through SW Approval, Concept Design, Detailed Design, Delivery, and Commissioning. We are working with SW on a program timeline and will update further as plans progress. 


Clients who have not yet provided their paperwork, please contact the sales office this week to finalise. We have limited remaining land so please hurry if you don’t want to miss out. Civil works are still on track to commence by midyear.


No new updates. Civil construction is still on track to commence midyear. We will continue to keep purchasers updated during this hold period. Details for our planned site inspections for buyers will be released when construction commences.

Yobarnie Rise

The draft plan for parks and reserves at Redbank is available for public comment. The draft includes the potential for a low impact / small-scale water play area in Peel Park adjacent to Yobarnie Rise. View the plan here: Please note this is a Council requirement and they are seeking feedback for their proposal to the upgrades to Peel Park.

Have your say

About the future management of community land (parks and reserves) within the Redbank Precinct at North Richmond by contacting Council: 
Mail: PO Box 146, Windsor NSW 2756

Community inquiries 

Please direct any community inquiries to community@nrjv.com.au or phone 0481 987 370.

North Richmond Joint Venture
PO Box 1918
Penrith NSW 2750