Aura sets standard for sustainability
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.