One of these facilities, the Timbarra Community Centre opened July 10, 1993.
Timbarra covered an area of 200 hectares of gently undulating pasture, scattered with shelter belts of trees was the brochure's bucolic description of the land. An estimated 300 homes will be under construction early in 1990 and by 1994 it was estimated that there would be around 3,000 houses.
Location of Timbarra from the 1989 sales brochure.
We have a brochure (see below) from the Urban Land Authority advertising a ballot to buy land in the Timbarra Estate - The Gateway. The ballot took place May 9, 1992. The brochure includes a number of street plans (or Housing Siting Policy Plans) for Gumnut Court, Magdalene Place, Sunnyside Drive,Coowarra Way, Emma Court, Leonard Avenue, Adelaide Court, Oscar Court, Theodore Terrace and some of The Gateway, so if you live in any of these streets then it is likely that your block of land was purchased on May 9, 1992. You can see one of these plans, below.
The Gateway Ballot May 9, 1992 brochure. Timbarra Housing Estate was originally in Narre Warren, until a boundary change 'moved' it into Berwick, see more about this, below.
The Gateway Lot Plan from the May 9, 1992 brochure
The is the House Siting Policy Plan for Sunnyside Drive and Magdalena Place from the May 9, 1992 brochure
Timbarra is an Aboriginal word meaning Grass Tree, the botanical name of which is Xanthorrhoea Australia.
As you can see on the 1992 brochure, the Timbarra Estate was originally part of Narre Warren but is now part of Berwick. The Melway Street Directory Edition 21, 1991 to 1992 has the Timbarra Estate in Narre Warren, with the boundary of Berwick and Narre Warren being Hessel Road. The Melway Street Directory Edition 23, 1995 has Timbarra Estate in Berwick, as the boundary has changed to Narre Warren North Road. An article in the Berwick City News of January 13, 1994 says that the Office of Place Names has officially assigned boundaries to 10 suburbs in the City of Berwick and the Narre Warrren/Berwick boundary is listed as Hessel Road.
So we can establish that in December 1993 the boundary of Berwick/Narre Warren was Hessel Road and that sometime in 1995 it had changed to Narre Warren North Road. Thus the Timbarra Estate had ‘moved’ from being in Narre Warren to being in Berwick sometime in 1994 or 1995 but I cannot be more specific than that.