Cairns-based developer Kenfrost has taken out one of the top honours in this year’s Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Queensland Awards for Excellence.
The company won the CEO’s Award for its work on Mount Peter Residential Estate in Cairns’ southern corridor, as well as being a finalist in the affordable housing category.
It has completed 288 lots out of a proposed total of about 1000 lots in the development, which kicked off in 2015.
UDIA Queensland chief executive officer Kirsty Chessher-Brown described Mount Peter Residential Estate as a living example of the industry’s determination, patience, and resilience in the face of extreme challenges.
“Well on its way to becoming a sought-after location for families, young professionals and empty nesters, Mount Peter Residential Estate offers a picturesque and unique living option for the local community,” she said.
“The site responds well to its natural settings and the housing provides a quality package for many, including first home buyers.
“The developer’s commitment and confidence in a sometimes volatile market supports hundreds of local jobs each year, underlying our industry’s ongoing contribution to local economies.”
Other key award winners included Anthony John Group, which won the President’s Award for Southpoint, South Bank.
The Department of Housing and Public Works got a gong in the Social and Community Infrastructure category for the Queensland Country Bank Stadium development in Townsville.
Kenfrost spokesman Adam Gowlett said the team was ‘pretty chuffed’ with the UDIA recognition for its work on Mount Peter.
The company had recently completed stage 4 of the development and was looking to commence stage 5 after Christmas, with timing dependent on the severity of the wet season, he said.
That would involve underground services and roadwork for a further 30 residential lots.
Mr Gowlett said also the Cairns Regional Council was conducting masterplanning work to provide a network of recreational trails in the open space adjoining Mount Peter Residential Estate.
“We’re working closely with council to facilitate providing the first trail head with carparking,” he said.
“At this stage it could be a combination of multi-use trails, dedicated walking trails and dedicated mountainbike trails. So that is very exciting for that south side of town.”