The Fairways: The Tees that Bind

Date Released - September 18, 2014.

QM Properties acreage residential development, The Fairways at Hatton Vale is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

The Fairways has developed into an integrated community, since we sold our first home site in 2004,” said QM Properties Manager, Damien Ross.

In the past decade the development has sprung up around the community hub the Hatton Vale Golf Club. Many of the buyers are people who have a family connection to the historic and peaceful Lockyer Valley.

Sharon and Jason Harn purchased one of the first blocks in 2004, being attracted to the rural setting. They are both from farming families in the Valley, with Jason’s family tracing their heritage back over one hundred years.

“We sold our share of the farm, but wanted to stay in the area as our sons were going to start at Ipswich Boys Grammar School,” said Sharon.

The Harns both work locally, with Jason at the Lockyer Shire Council and Sharon at University of Queensland’s Gatton campus, so the easy access of The Fairways to employment was also a key factor.

“We love the peace and quiet of living on acreage with space and privacy, but there is still a sense of community,” said Sharon.

Sharon also runs her hobby business, “Balloons Above”, with Jason contributing as the balloon pilot.

“The hot air balloons are a delightful visual addition to the landscape and often take off from the Hatton Vale Golf Course,” said another resident Julie Morgan.

Julie’s father, John Collins realised his lifelong dream – to own his own golf course at Hattonvale.

“Dad built the 12-hole course with a group of mates in 1984, and then we took over in 1989,” said Julie, who has sold real estate and project homes in The Fairways.

The golf development is still fulfilling dreams with tree-changers opting out of high density living to big spaces and kangaroos as neighbours.

“I think The Fairways is such a tight-knit community as we are all like-minded people,” said Julie. “We want our space, views, sheds, boats, pools, campervans, and playgrounds, but still like to catch up with locals for a drink and a BBQ.”

The golf club will also be joined by the new regional multi-sports facility at Laidley which will offer rugby league, soccer, cricket, athletics, netball and a gym, and the Gatton swimming pool is now heated for all year training.

QM Properties offer complimentary membership to the Hattonvale Golf Club for every new resident.

“This area has always enjoyed a strong sense of community,” said George Jones, QM Properties Home and Land Consultant and also a local to the area. “The Lockyer Valley was settled originally by German immigrants such as my great, great grandmother.”

“Upon settling to the area they built the beautiful Apostolic Cathedral at Hattonvale which is an iconic local heritage attraction,” he said.

The Cathedral was designed by acclaimed modernist architect, Karl Langer, in 1950. Karl Langer, an Austrian immigrant who fled Hitler’s persecution with his Jewish wife, Gertrude, was a cutting edge pioneer in building design and town planning. He is credited with the idea of the Sydney Opera House, the Queen Street Mall, and the design of the new Parliament House in Canberra.

His wife, Gertrude, became the spiritual leader of the modern art community in Queensland in the fifties and sixties and as the art critic of the Courier Mail launched many artists to a national profile.

“It is so interesting that we have this strong connection in Hattonvale to one of Australia’s most celebrated and avant-garde architects and town planners,” said George.

“We are only half way through development here,” said Damien. “Now there are 600 home sites, but we intend to have around 1,300 sites utilising 1,000 acres to the eastern side of the golf course.”

Land size at The Fairways are a minimum of 4,000 square metres, with 5,000 to 6,000 square metres the average land size.

All land and home sites are above flood level and have picturesque rural outlooks.