HomeBuilder Grant online applications now open

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Online applications are now open for the Australian Government’s $25,000 HomeBuilder Grant. Applications must be lodged by no later than 31 December 2020.
All applicants for the HomeBuilder Grant in Victoria now have 6 months to commence construction from when the eligible HomeBuilder contract is signed.
You can lodge your application in a multi-step process with the initial lodgement being after an eligible HomeBuilder contract has been entered into. Once construction has commenced and the payment eligibility requirement milestones have been met, any additional supporting documentation must be lodged via the online portal.


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“In light of the introduction of Stage 4 restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne (effective from 2 August 2020) and Stage 3 restrictions in regional Victoria (effective from 5 August 2020), the Commissioner of State Revenue will exercise his discretion under the National Partnership Agreement to provide a blanket extension of 3 months to the construction commencement requirement for the HomeBuilder Grant. This means that all applicants for the HomeBuilder Grant in Victoria have 6 months from the signing of the eligible HomeBuilder contract, to commence construction. The Commissioner does not have discretion to grant any extensions beyond this additional 3 month extension.”

See this link for more info www.sro.vic.gov.au/homebuilder-grant-guidelines

Find your dream block here in our latest release the CARTHEW STAGE currently due to title December 2020.


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Fantastic news and response to Coronavirus with the announcement of the HomeBuilder $25,000 grant for new home builds by the Australian Federal Government. This grant is for owner-occupiers, this includes first, second, third-home buyers etc. However it is worth noting that applicants can apply for the HomeBuilder in conjunction with other grants, such as the First home Buyer Grant and Stamp Duty Concessions.

Find out if you’re eligible for the $25,000 via this link https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/homebuilder

Let’s keep in touch ✉️📞💬📅

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We hope you are safe and well during these challenging times.

The wellbeing and safety of the community is our highest priority and we are taking the concerns around Coronavirus very seriously.

During this time we would like to stay connected and help with your future plans of owning the land to build your home to live in.

We understand flexibility is important so let’s keep in touch.
• Phone
• Email
• If you prefer we can arrange an appointment for a video call
• Our website is updated regularly with our land availability including our titled blocks

We will be happy to answer any questions, so please don’t hesitate to contact us.

YOUNG FAMILIES – Seeking early learning/kindergarten education

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The Bonshaw Early Learning Centre opened it’s doors officially in August 2018 to support the rapidly growing community. Now located at the new building, 234 Morgan Street they will soon be having their 1st year Anniversary.

It has been a great addition for the Bonshaw area offering two Maternal Health Nurse rooms ran by Ballarat Council to support young families along with 3 & 4 year old kindergarten education managed by ECKA

Today we would like to introduce you to Nicole & Kylie, together they bring over 30 years of experience in education and are a wealth of knowledge for the centre. They both run the day to day of the kindergarten rooms which has almost 50 students currently within the 3 & 4 year old kinder groups but there is still room for more children. They also highlighted the points below:

– You can apply to enrol your child for either 3 or 4 year old Kindergarten as soon as January 1st in the year your child turns 2!

– With the rapid community growth in the area it is important to think ahead for your child’s early learning

– The new building is opposite MR Power Park which is about 18ha of parkland reserve

Should you have any questions or would like to walk through the new kindergarten facility contact Nicole or Kylie at bonshaw.kin@kindergarten.vic.gov.au or 5340 0091.




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The parkland at Power Park is walking distance to Ploughmans Arms Estate and is about 18ha in size & already includes a dog park. You might have noticed Ballarat Council have recently added signage, new fencing, park seats and pathways to this parkland, this infrastructure has begun because the population is in rapid growth in the area & it is very important for parklands such has Power Park to support the ever growing community.

As the population continues to grow in the area and dwelling thresholds are hit or earlier at discretion of responsible authority, there are many more future plans for Power Park including Wetlands, Indoor Recreation Centre, Pavilion, Ovals, Athletic Track, Netball Court & Regional Play Space. This information is available for reference within the City if Ballarat’s Ballarat West – Development Contributions Plan (DCP) and Ballarat West Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) – see links http://www.ballarat.vic.gov.au/…/2019…/ballarat_west_dcp.pdf
Just to throw a few numbers out there, as it is well worth knowing – the recreational reserve has an estimated cost of over $12,000,000, the Indoor Recreational Centre (4 courts) over $8,800,000 and the Pavilion over $1,390,000.

All this future infrastructure will be walking distance to Ploughmans Arms Estate and opposite Pinarc Disability Support 53291300, the proposed future Primary School and the existing Bonshaw Early Learning Centre managed by Ballarat City Council & ECKA


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We are very excited to say the construction is complete for the NEW Settlers Stage, with the asphalt & line marking recently finished and also passing the Council inspection. With over half of this stage sold or under offer we can’t wait for the future homes to begin construction soon in this stage and the neighbourhood begin to take shape.

This isn’t the only news here at Ploughmans Arms, there are many homes under construction in our existing streets and a number of people have recently moved into their beautiful homes as well. Did you know we only release a small percentage for investment purposes of which have already sold, that means the majority of homes are owner occupied here at Ploughmans. With almost 60 households now being lived in and at least another 54 currently under construction, it is easy to say our streets are transforming into the special neighbourhood and community that we always hoped and planned for.

With the Settlers Stage finished construction, we anticipate all lots in this stage to be Titled in May 2019.


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Enjoy some great FREE fun on Sunday 19 August from 11am until 2pm!

A premium marquee here for this community event so you can relax inside with a hot drink & something sweet from The Enchanted Caravan or grab a Lions Club BBQ Sausage. All affordable options for food and drinks. Plus roast Ballarat’s own So Soft Marshmallows around the cosy fire pit for free. Come and meet the beautiful Clydesdale horses on Clydesdale Drive and enjoy the Sovereign Hill Horse & Carriage rides! Lil’ Monsters Face Painting ready to create a magical experience for both you and your children. Unique animal petting experience with a wide range of friendly, healthy & cute FunFarm2U animals. Groove along to Mariah & Tom the live Acoustic Duo who are part of the band, M & the Best Men. Snow Play Zone! Real snow is going to be made into a featured real snow pit! A wonderous place where the young or young at heart can play amongst the snow, build snow castles or make snow angels.

Bring your family and friends for a day out & make some lasting memories, just remember to rug up with your winter woollies!

Find out more by downloading this WINTER FUN DAY DOWNLOAD


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Leo & Jody went along to the official opening of the Bonshaw Early Learning Centre today, this new facility provides the existing kindergarten community with a brand new, integrated early years facility with room to expand as the Bonshaw community grows. Bringing two kindergarten rooms, two maternal child and health consulting rooms and a spaces for parent groups, playgroups and other community activities. 66 kinder places – 46 four year old places and 13 three year old spots. This all had a huge $1.6 million contribution from the Victorian Government Children’s Facilities Capital Program delivered by City of Ballarat with $100,000.

Photos sourced from The Courier and Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos