Parklands is a world-class Cultural Events Site and the home of Splendour in the Grass and the Falls Festival Byron. The idea behind the site came as a consequence of the primary festival site in Byron Bay, Belongil Fields, being proposed for re-zoning for residential purposes. Culture and the celebration of music has always been an important part of the social and economic fabric of the Northern Rivers. Accordingly, the establishment of an ecologically sustainable permanent Cultural Events Site has been an important land use in Byron Shire.
The Habitat is a mixed-use village in the Byron Arts and Industry Estate, planned around the concept of living and working in one sustainable community. Driving the Habitat master plan was the idea that the development should provide a good quality public domain with a focus on best practice sustainability and a high level of permeability to its surrounding context.
After almost thirty years of planning, a vibrant community now exists. A commercial hub forms the heart of the precinct, centred around a community square set within a subtropical landscape. Live/work buildings are sustainably designed with basic but good quality low cost housing and articulated work spaces, encouraging residents to tap into the collective creativity of the precinct. The Habitat demonstrates the successful implementation of mixed-use zoning and a feasible model for a highly sustainable, well designed mixed-use village. It promotes small scale business, enhances Byron’s lifestyle and tourism image and delivers a great place for the community to live work and recreate.
The land subdivision incorporates a wide variety of residential lots, including an exclusive beachside gated community with the unique advantage of also having a rainforest at your back door. North Sapphire Beach is one of the last waterfront development sites on the Mid North Coast, boasting over 38h of parks and open space.
Creating a feeling of spaciousness around the development, over half the 71 hectare site is preserved as parks and natural coastal wetlands with 15,000 hectares of protected state forest beyond its borders. The neighbourhood is ribboned with 10km timber boardwalks, cycleways and natural rainforest, nestled in an idyllic setting amidst mountains and the scenic Sapphire beach, with homes leading down to the surf.