Health and sport­ing hub in high de­mand

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THE name Birtinya is an abo­rig­i­nal word mean­ing neigh­bour­ing.

Built around Lake Kawana, this sub­urb is in high de­mand.

With the de­vel­op­ment of com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial, and also the new hos­pi­tal tak­ing place, this area is quickly be­com­ing a world class desti­na­tion for the re­gion of the Sun­shine Coast.

Sur­rounded by wa­ter­ways and with kilo­me­tres of wa­ter­front cy­cling and walk­ing paths, the com­mu­nity has a wide range of qual­ity home sites which border nat­u­ral park­lands as well as wa­ter­front ad­dresses.

With a wide va­ri­ety of home sites for buy­ers to choose from, Birtinya is highly sought af­ter.

Hous­ing styles vary from wa­ter­front homes, ter­race hous­ing, apart­ment blocks through to house and land pack­ages.

Who would have thought in 1967 when house and land pack­ages were sell­ing for $9700, that we would be where we are to­day?

In ad­di­tion to newly re­leased wa­ter­front and neigh­bour­hood res­i­den­tial blocks, there is a range of parks, pedes­trian and cy­cle paths in­clud­ing the con­tin­u­a­tion of the walk­a­ble wa­ter­front track around Lake Kawana.

De­vel­op­ment of the Kawana precinct dates back to the 1970s, yet it re­ally be­gan to take hold in the late 1990s. When Lensworth were in­volved in the mas­ter planned de­vel­op­ment, new res­i­den­tial es­tates opened up. Peo­ple wanted to live near the wa­ter which greatly in­creased ex­pec­ta­tions for hous­ing.

The 17ha, Ocean­side Health Hub is en­vis­aged to of­fer a range of health ser­vices, com­mer­cial space, aged care fa­cil­i­ties, shops, and cafes as well as ho­tel-style ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Birtinya is home to the re­cently oc­cu­pied $1.8 bil­lion Sun­shine Coast Pub­lic Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal that forms the heart of the health hub.

Open­ing in April 2017, the hos­pi­tal will rev­o­lu­tionise health­care on the Coast with a range of free pub­lic hos­pi­tal ser­vices.

Sup­ported by highly trained and spe­cialised staff, it is es­ti­mated that over 10,000 pa­tients will no longer need to travel for treat­ment.

With the abil­ity to ex­pand to 900 beds if needed, this de­vel­op­ment gives the Sun­shine Coast a con­fi­dence boast, es­pe­cially in terms of un­der­pin­ning real es­tate val­ues.

Along with the Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal, Kawana Pri­vate Hos­pi­tal also in­cludes the make-up of the Kawana Health Hub.

Sport­ing op­tions are pop­u­lar in this area. Home to Sun­shine Coast Sta­dium, the venue is host to many sport­ing events with the main player be­ing NRL.

With the feeder team for the Storm Foot­ball Club us­ing this fa­cil­ity, it at­tracts many vis­i­tors and lo­cals to the grounds to cheer the teams on.

Lake Kawana is yet an­other as­set that has im­proved lo­cal sport­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion. The de­vel­op­ment of fa­cil­i­ties and well-kept grounds, as­sists in re­tain­ing lo­cal ath­letes and at­tract­ing in­di­vid­u­als, teams and more events.

Along with the com­mer­cial and health de­vel­op­ments, we are blessed with the rise of great cafes, restau­rants and fast food chains that have popped up in the area.

With boom­ing res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial es­tates, and home to the new hos­pi­tal, Birtinya has emerged over the years and is fast be­com­ing to a well re­garded sub­urb, for all the right rea­sons.

Aerial im­age of Kawana Ocean­side at Birtinya.

Sun­shine Coast Univer­sity Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal.

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