The development will cover an 18-hectare area on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, creating a new town centre at Birtinya. The centre will comprise a 20,000sq m shopping centre, 60,000sq m of commercial space, entertainment premises, residential and hotel offerings, walkable waterfront along Lake Kawana and open green space.
The Birtinya Town Centre will also be integrated with commercial, health related research facilities and high-density residential. The first stage will be the $87 million Stockland Birtinya Shopping Centre.
“Our vision for the Birtinya Town Centre is to deliver a true people’s place, with lifestyle amenity for the community now and into the future,” Stockland managing director Mark Steinert said. “With the regions’ above average population growth, 130,000 residents are forecast to live within the main trade area by 2031.”
Stockland group executive John Schroder said earthworks on the $87 million shopping centre had already begun. “Stockland Birtinya will be the heart of this vibrant and thriving future town centre featuring a flagship Coles and Aldi supermarket, two mini-majors, an open-air, late-night dining precinct, some 30 specialty retailers and 522 carparking spaces,” Mr Schroder said. “Upon completion of the first stage this year, this new centre will service a primary trade area of 15,000 people, offering a diverse dining, entertainment and retail offering.”
Stockland will also develop a service station and two drive-thru tenancies adjacent to the shopping centre in the first stage of development. A second stage of the shopping centre will be developed in future stages taking the total retail to 20,000 square metres.
The town centre will be centrally located on Kawana Way adjoining the Sunshine Coast Health Precinct, which incorporates the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital, and the Sunshine Coast Health Institute. The town centre will also be linked to Birtinya Island, Bokarina Beach and the Business Village via cycle ways, walkways, boardwalks and bridges.
Stockland has committed to a 5 Star Green Star rating for the shopping centre, featuring solar panels and end of trip facilities among other sustainability measures.