Queenslands deputy Premier Jackie Trad has today launched a $5 billion development in Caloundra South creating a new Sunshine Coast suburb the size of Gladstone that will be called ‘Aura’ – The city of colour.
The development will see 20,000 homes built housing 50,000 plus people. Jackie Trad said the project would create more than 1,700 jobs in the first year of construction and 20,000 over the next three decades.
The new community will be established on a 2,310ha former forestry site and become the southern gateway of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
The Master Plan approval will enable the creation of a new town centre – providing a retail and recreational destination. Local service needs will be met through the creation of three district centres and six neighbourhood scale centres. It also identifies the location for potential retirement living villages, and new road connections providing improved access for residents of the Sunshine Coast to the Bruce Highway through the extension of the Kawana Arterial Road.
Stockland general manager Kingsley Andrew said the development would include a 200 hectare town centre, 200 kilometres of cycleways and an abundance of connected open space, featuring two regional scale parkland destinations: Central Park and the People’s Place. Nine sports parks will encourage the development of an active and healthy community. Twenty educational facilities are also planned within the community, ensuring learning and the nurturing of talent. Local enterprise is planned to maximise opportunity for residents to work and start businesses within their community.
The development has also been awarded a 6 Green Star Rating. The highly coveted 6 Green Star – Communities rating signifies world leadership in the design of the master plan, which sets the highest possible standards for the community’s long-term economic prosperity, liveability and environmental responsibility during, and well after the development is completed.
Caloundra South is the largest mixed use development ever undertaken under single ownership in Australia and the largest project ever undertaken by Stockland. The new city will be developed by Stockland over the next three decades and will grow to a similar size and scale to that of Maroochydore, Hervey Bay or Gladstone, and ultimately be home to around 50,000 people. The Master Plan also contains a 440 hectare conservation precinct which will become one of the largest urban wetland rehabilitation projects ever undertaken in Australia.