Aura sets stan­dard for sus­tain­abil­ity

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IT’S the first of the sub­urbs in Stock­land’s Aura com­mu­nity and Baringa is set­ting new stan­dards for af­ford­able and sus­tain­able mas­ter-planned liv­ing.

Some ma­jor state-of-the-art ameni­ties are shap­ing the project ahead of the de­liv­ery of ma­jor mile­stones over the next 12 months.

Aura has been an out­stand­ing suc­cess since its of­fi­cial launch in 2015 with roads and bridges con­structed, parks, play­grounds, a café and dis­play vil­lage, as well as the open­ing of the first school.

More than 600 homes have been built at Aura’s first sub­urb of Baringa so far, with up to 10 fam­i­lies mov­ing in every week.

Me­dian house prices have gone from $482,500 in March last year to $495,000 this year.

Aura has been the fastest selling com­mu­nity in Queens­land over the 12 months to March 2018, with about 1400 lots sold.

Con­struc­tion is about to start on Aura Cen­tral, which will be the fu­ture heart of Aura, fea­tur­ing 10,000 homes as well as the city cen­tre, the ex­ten­sive Peo­ple’s Place park­land, a range of ed­u­ca­tion and sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties and a fu­ture em­ploy­ment precinct.

The first res­i­dents at Aura Cen­tral are ex­pected to move in around mid-2019.

A four-hectare neigh­bour­hood sports park, in­clud­ing a club­house, has re­cently opened ad­ja­cent to the new Baringa State Pri­mary School and a new civic square and skate and scooter plaza are on track to be com­pleted within the next few months.

The state-of-the-art pri­mary school fea­tures a ro­bot­ics lab and in­no­va­tive learn­ing hubs in what is a first for Aura and the en­tire Sun­shine Coast re­gion.

Plans are also un­der way for a lo­cal su­per­mar­ket, tav­ern and med­i­cal cen­tre along­side con­ve­nience re­tail shops and din­ing at Baringa. Lodge­ment of the plans have been ap­proved by Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Queens­land and Stock­land is aim­ing to start con­struc­tion later this year.

Stock­land’s first stand-alone child­care cen­tre out­side of the re­tail port­fo­lio, Good­start Early Learn­ing Baringa is un­der con­struc­tion and ex­pected to open in Jan­uary 2019.

The Aura Cen­tral precinct will ul­ti­mately fea­ture 2500 res­i­den­tial lots as well as a mix of town­houses, apart­ments and re­tire­ment liv­ing, a town cen­tre with shop­ping and en­ter­tain­ment, and fu­ture ed­u­ca­tion and sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

Fol­low­ing all rel­e­vant and state plan­ning ap­provals, con­struc­tion is planned to com­mence on the precinct within the next three years. The 11-hectare Peo­ple’s Place park­land will be more ex­ten­sive than Bris­bane’s South Bank park­lands.

Look­ing back, the re­mark­able growth of Caloun­dra’s gate­way district Lensworth launched its first mas­ter-planned com­mu­nity in Caloun­dra West – Bel­lvista – in 2001 af­ter iden­ti­fy­ing a grow­ing need for af­ford­able and sus­tain­able hous­ing in the re­gion.

Stock­land ac­quired the com­mu­nity in 2004. By its com­ple­tion in 2009, more than 1200 homes had been de­liv­ered at Bel­lvista as well as first-class ameni­ties such as Bell­carra Re­tire­ment Vil­lage, Unity Col­lege, parks, shops, bike­ways and sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

Fol­low­ing the project’s pop­u­lar­ity, Stock­land be­gan work on a sec­ond mas­ter-planned com­mu­nity – Bells Reach – which was launched to the pub­lic in 2012.

Bells Reach of­fered a wide range of in­no­va­tive and af­ford­able hous­ing so­lu­tions in an out­stand­ing lo­ca­tion while serv­ing as a north­ern gate­way to Aura.

Look­ing ahead, Stock­land will in­vest $1 bil­lion in Aura in the first 10 years of the de­vel­op­ment, with a to­tal of $5 bil­lion to be spent through­out the du­ra­tion of the project.

Over the next three decades, Stock­land will de­liver more than 20,000 new homes.


The 2.8-kilo­me­tre sec­tion of the first stage of the Bells Creek Ar­te­rial, ex­tend­ing south from the Caloun­dra Rd and Kawana Way Round­about.

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