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Whitlam FAQs

FAQs - Whitlam Online Information Session - Spring Release 2020

­How do we get a sales pack?­

You can find a sales pack on the Suburban Land Agency website - Click here


Who will have the priority of choosing blocks?­

The order for block selection appointments will be determined by a draw. Online registrations will undergo a duplication check, prior to block selection appointment allocation.


Will builder’s be allowed to purchase blocks?­

Yes, builders are eligible to register for ONE book to buy appointment. We will be running duplicate checks before the selection of appointments.


Where do we find topography maps of the stage to be released? I would like to know the level of land before the sales appointments.

­Topography maps can be found in the Housing Development Guide - Click here  


Are there any "element" requirements on the builds.. example Forde required wood, stone and colours for all builds­?

All development will be built in accordance with the Territory Plan, the same as all other development in the ACT. Whitlam has some specific building requirements on particular blocks which are listed in the Whitlam Housing Development Guide, these are mostly in relation to fencing, cut and fill and noise. There are no particular requirements on the exterior colours or materials on your home. However for more information, see the Whitlam Housing Development Guide online - Click here


­When will stage 3 open?­

Stage 3 Whitlam blocks are expected to be released from mid-2021 according to the ACT Government Indicative Land Release Program. Construction has not yet commenced on Stage 3


What high schools and college will Whitlam have access to?­

Whitlam will include a Government Pre-school to Year 6 School. Molonglo will have its first high school in time for the 2023 school year. The high school will be an expansion of the preschool to Year 6 school currently being built in Denman Prospect (opening 2021). The future Molonglo Commercial Centre is expected to have a College, however until this is completed, it is anticipated students will attend Hawker College or UC Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra*

When can we enter Whitlam to see the blocks ?­

Whitlam estate is currently under construction. You will be able to see your block upon settlement. The expected settlement date ranges are listed in the Block List - Click here


When will the next land release be for those who are unsuccessful this time?­

The next land release for Whitlam is expected in early 2021. Information about the next release will be advertised closer to the time.


­Is there a time frame required for building completion after exchange?­

The Memorandum Of Provisions as part of your sales contract states that you will be required to complete your construction within twenty four (24) months from the commencement date of the crown lease (ie from the date you settle on your land).

If you require any further information on this please contact the ACT Planning and Land Authority at

Memorandum of Provisions - Click here 


Is Whitlam a cat containment suburb?

Yes, Whitlam is a cat containment suburb. This means that residents of Whitlam are required to keep their cat confined to their premises at all times. Residents can achieve this by confining their cat to their house, or providing a purpose built cat enclosure in their yard.


Are solid fuel or wood fire places permitted in Whitlam?

As stated on the Whitlam Housing Development Guide, all residents within Whitlam are required to comply with the Solid Fuel Heating restriction in the Memorandum of Provisions incorporated into the Crown Lease. Buyers are not to install or use a solid fuel heating system on the premises without the prior written approval of the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate.


What is the difference between the RZ1 and RZ3 zoned blocks in terms of what can be built on them ­

Please note there was an error in the original block list – there are NO RZ3 blocks available in this release.

You can find the block list here.


Do we select a block online after we get selected for a Book to Buy sales appointment?

A live block list will be sent to you via email by Civium. We encourage you to shortlist up to five blocks as we cannot guarantee your preferred block(s) will be available at the point of your appointment. We will be updating the Suburban Land Agency website’s interactive map throughout the days.


­When registering for buying, if I only register my name. can I include another party in the sales contract?­

Your online registration must include all buyers that are to be included on the First Grant Contract.


Will the draw for blocks appointment be live streamed?­
The draw for Book to Buy appointments will be run by the Suburban Land Agency and will not be live streamed. A member of the ACT Gaming and Racing Commission will be present to witness the process.


­Can we register to buy both as a Builder and as an individual?

No, you may only register once as either an individual OR a builder. A duplicate check of online registrations will be conducted.


­Is there a sales office where we could visit and get more information?­

You can visit our Molonglo Sales Suite on 30 Opperman Ave in Wright. Opening times are Wednesdays from 3pm – 6pm and Saturdays 10am – 3pm. To book an appointment call Civium on 1800 910 204.

General Whitlam FAQs

When will Whitlam be ready?

A: Early stages of construction are underway including work on roads and supporting infrastructure.

Whitlam is set to be released in four stages over the next four years:

  • Stage 1 = from early 2020
  • Stage 2 = from late 2020 – early 2021 (incl. large central neighbourhood park)
  • Stage 3 = 2022 (incl. land for a future Government school and local centre)
  • Stage 4 = 2023

The first residents are expected to move into Whitlam in 2021.

How is the Suburban Land Agency protecting the environment?

We are dedicated to protecting the environment and promoting biodiversity across all of our suburbs.

We’re working with the natural topography of Whitlam and putting a number of conditions in place to protect the native flora and fauna from any negative impact of urban development. These include making Whitlam a cat-containment area, prohibiting dogs from entering the nature parks and creating a buffer between the development and the Kama Nature Reseve.

A smart water design will also help filter rainwater run-off before it enters the Molonglo River.

We are also committed to using environmentally sustainable practices and will actively promote the benefits of sustainable and environmentally friendly building techniques for homeowners and developers.

During the construction of the suburb we’ve been planting lots of additional trees and keeping existing ones wherever possible. The mature trees that had to be removed will be used as habitat structures in the Molonglo River Park Special Purpose Reserve, which will be located directly to the south of Whitlam.

What are the closest schools?

A future primary school will be built in Whitlam, while the closest schools are Belconnen High and Hawker College.

What will the population be?

Once complete, Whitlam will be home to around 5,000 people in approximately 2,100 homes.

What public facilities will Whitlam have?

There are plans for a local centre and primary school in Whitlam. There are also several playgrounds and plenty of green spaces for everyone to enjoy.

Do you have a display village?

Plans for a display village are underway. Expected opening in early 2021.

What’s the closest hospital?

Calvary Hospital is 4kms away.

How can I stay up to date with the latest on Whitlam?

Register your interest and stay up to date on the latest news and events for Whitlam, Including future land releases.