CONSERVATION works along the Rous River are set to begin at the Riva Vue estate in Murwillumbah.
As part of greater environmental improvements to the site that was formerly a sugar cane and cattle farm, developer Metricon will plant thousands of native trees and shrubs along the river's edge.
“We are focused on revegetation, the environment and the enhancement of the riparian zone bordering the Rous River,” said Riva Vue regional manager Shaun Nicholson.
“This is why the land subdivision has been carefully designed to not impede on the rural landscape.”
Civil earthworks for stages one and two of the 96-lot subdivison, located off Barnaby Street, have started.
Mr Nicholson said landscaping of subdivided areas, in preparation of the site office opening before the end of this month, was also under way.
“The conservation works will begin in a few weeks with the idea to turn this once degraded riparian area,” he said
“Part of those works will also be the construction of a bicycle track along the river to connect in with the rest of the estate.”
With house and land packages starting from as little as $345,000 and with a $15,000 incentive to buy being offered by the developers, on top of up to $24,000 in state and federal government grants, first-home buyers are showing strong interest in the estate, according to Raine and Horne Tweed Heads/Coolangatta real estate agent Lance Cotterill.
“Riva Vue represents very good buying because you can buy a new home from the plan for less than the price of an existing home in the area,” he said.