Halloween Fun at Bluewattle

Halloween Fun at Bluewattle

08 Nov 2015

witches street halloween DJ JonesThere was a fantastic community response to Bluewattle’s inaugral Halloween event!

Over 300 children attended and took part in our safe trick or treating circuit and then enjoyed a spooky movie under the stars with their friends & families at Jeff Caddies Park.

Thank you to everyone who took part and made the night so memorable.

Bluewattle Gets Spoooooooky for Halloween

Bluewattle Gets Spoooooooky for Halloween

28 Oct 2015


Bluewattle Gets Spoooooooky for Halloween

Halloween flyer jpgUpper Ross residents will celebrate Halloween this year with a free event including an outdoor movie, trick or treat trail, Halloween games and face painting. The event will be held in Jeff Caddies Park on Saturday 31st October 2015 from 5pm!

The builders in our display village have come on board to create a kid-friendly trick or treat trail providing a rare opportunity for people to visit Bluewattle by night, while the kids are entertained after by fun and games in the park.

A free pumpkin carving workshop on Halloween morning with be held by Umbrella Studio at the Upper Ross Community Centre. The pumpkins will be on display at the park that night. If you would like to book, spaces are limited, please visit

Come on down and join our spoooooooky evening.

Trick or treating and events in the park from 5pm. Bring a blanket and stay for Hotel Transylvania starting at 7pm!

Bluewattle Builder Display Village Launched

Bluewattle Builder Display Village Launched

13 Oct 2014

Bluewattle promotional shoot

Award-winning developer, Defence Housing Australia (DHA) officially launched its Bluewattle Builder Display Village to the public in Townsville over the weekend.

The sunny, humid day was action-packed with seven brand new display homes open for display, home and lifestyle workshops, face painting, a barbeque, free fitness lessons and a $10,000 dig for cash promotion. One lucky contestant, chosen by radio station HOT FM, was given 30 seconds to dig his way through a sandpit for the chance to win $10,000. The lucky winner walked away with $4,000 cash.

Maddi and Lloyd, contestants from national television series ‘House Rules’ announced the builder awards and discussed key learnings in design and what’s ‘on-trend’ this year.

The celebrity appearances continued throughout the day with cooking demonstrations from ‘My Kitchen Rules’ contestant Aussie soldier David, and his wife Cath, from ‘cook with love’. Their mouthwatering coconut prawn salad with mango salsa was a hit with the crowd.

DHA’s Development Manager, Cara Doonan said it was a great milestone for Bluewattle.

‘It is the first builder display village for the development and all the builders have worked really hard to get the houses finished on time and looking great,’ Cara said.

Bluewattle Rasmussen will comprise of 1,300 residential lots. Approximately 70 per cent of the development will be sold to the general public and 30 per cent will be retained for Defence members and their families.

Maddi and Lloyd Judge the “Best of Bluewattle”

Maddi and Lloyd Judge the “Best of Bluewattle”

11 Oct 2014

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Maddi and Lloyd, contestants from the national television series ‘House Rules’, were at the Bluewattle Builder Display Village official opening over the weekend to announce the winners of the ‘best of builders’ awards.

Maddi and Lloyd know what it’s like to be judged on building and design of houses, and were pleased to be on the other side of the judging this time around picking their favourites.

Maddi said, ‘It was very hard to decide some of the winners as all the houses were of a high standard. It’s great to be able to showcase this standard now in Townsville.’

The Awards
Best landscaping – Grady Homes
Best colour palette – Cougar Homes
Best front façade –DJ Jones
Best kitchen – Cougar Homes
Best ensuite – Fresh Homes
Best alfresco area – Rolfe Homes
Best dining and entertainment area – Grady Homes
Best walk-in – Ron Jones Homes
Best feature – Keir Constructions
Best master bedroom – Grady Homes

The People’s Choice award, as judged by the people who attend the launch event was DJ Jones.

New Rasmussen Community to Leave a Green Legacy

New Rasmussen Community to Leave a Green Legacy

04 Jul 2014


Bluewattle, Defence Housing Australia’s residential development in Townsville, is the first Queensland project for the innovative developer to receive the esteemed EnviroDevelopment green tick of approval from the Urban Development Institute of Australia.

Bluewattle has been recognised for its outstanding performance across all six leaves – Ecosystems, Waste, Energy, Materials, Water and Community. Of specific note was the effort and commitment DHA displayed in regards to ongoing community engagement in the suburb. DHA’s vision for the 98 hectare residential development in the suburb of Rasmussen in Townsville is to create a sustainable, integrated community which enhances the existing community by implementing a masterplan that is responsive to the social needs of residents. “At DHA we strive to be innovative in our approach to building not just houses but communities.

“We’re committed to making purposeful developments that are suitable for the community in which they are situated and serve not just the residents of today, but those of the future as well,” DHA Managing Director Peter Howman said. “Bluewattle underpins two of DHA’s core objectives: to build communities ‐ not just houses, and to be at the forefront of innovative building design.”

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Townsville Embraces Bluewattle

Townsville Embraces Bluewattle

27 Mar 2014



At the beginning of March, the spotlight was turned on Bluewattle with a great crowd of Townsville residents getting involved for a weekend of celebrations at our residential development.

First up was the opening our community park in Bluewattle. Federal MP, Ewan Jones and Managing Director Peter Howman officiated the ceremony by naming the park in honour of Jeff Caddies, a Second World War veteran and a Changi prisoner of war. Mr Caddies is widely known in Townsville for his contribution to the local community. We were honoured to have Mr Caddies’ wife Grace, and daughter Judy, along with his grandchildren at the official opening. The moving tribute from Peter included the reading of a poem written by Mr Caddies during his imprisonment.

The Rasmussen State School performed during the event, singing the national anthem in Mr Caddies honour. After the official ceremony, children from the State School, Good Shepherd Catholic Community School and Mr Caddies grandchildren were the first in the community to play on the new park equipment.

On Sunday the community gathered again for a day of fun to mark the opening of the Bluewattle Sales and Information Centre and the official start of sales. Locals had the opportunity to interact with DHA and Colliers to enquire about the benefits of living in the 98 hectare development, as well as speak directly with builders about designs for the land lots.

The event also gave local residents the opportunity to kick a footy with players from the NRL North Queensland Cowboys and Canberra Raiders, with many taking the opportunity to get signed autographs following their match the previous evening.

The sausage sizzle – hosted by the local scouts – popcorn, snow cones, rides were extremely popular. Many of the young and young-at-heart had fun wearing butterfly wings, created to reinforce Bluewattle which is named after local butterfly species the Wattle Blue.

Families frolic at Twilight in the Park

Families frolic at Twilight in the Park

22 Oct 2013


Defence Housing Australia (DHA) is moving into the Rasmussen community and recently held a Twilight in the Park event to introduce itself to its new neighbours.

“DHA has always called Townsville home, but in the coming months we’re going to start work on our biggest residential development ever in the city,” DHA Managing Director Peter Howman said. “So it’s time to introduce ourselves to our neighbours and show them that DHA wants to be a part of the community here in Townsville.”

The event, which was held at the picturesque Riverway Park, catered to the whole family with a jumping castle, snow cones, cupcakes, a barbeque and a chance to throw a football around with local sporting stars, the North Queensland Cowboys. More than 200 people attended the event including Defence families, investors and locals from the surrounding neighbourhood.

“It was a great afternoon of family fun, and was a great opportunity for anyone who wanted to know more about DHA to speak to us personally over a sausage sandwich just like real neighbours do!” DHA Managing Director, Peter Howman said.

The Rasmussen development, named Bluewattle after the abundance of butterflies in the area, will be a masterplanned, sustainable community and the first DHA development of its scale in the garrison city.

“The development underpins two of DHA’s core objectives: to build communities – not just houses, and to be at the forefront of innovative building design,” DHA Managing Director Peter Howman said.

“At DHA we create sustainable neighbourhoods for Defence members, their families and the greater community. Our new homes are designed specifically for the climate in which they are located, and are built to achieve a minimum six-star Energy Efficiency Rating.”

Civil construction for the first stage is complete and construction of the first DHA houses is due for completion in 2014.