An inter-urban break is a green space between urban areas which acts as a buffer to urban sprawl and protects the local economy, environment and community

As a long-term investor and landholder on the Sunshine Coast, Stockland recognises the importance of maintaining an inter-urban break to ensure the unique character of the Sunshine Coast is retained.

Urbis has undertaken extensive research to better understand the form and function of  regional inter-urban breaks to assist with future planning processes (download the report here).

Utilising both international and national case-studies, their research has identified key criteria to assess the suitability of the Halls Creek and Beerewh East IGAs from exclusion from the current Moreton Bay-Sunshine Coast regional inter-urban break such as the protection of high value agricultural activities, limiting impact on ecological commities and catchments and preserving important landscape features, view and vistas.

Their findings identifed :

  • A  significant regional core inter-urban break currently exists which is defined by environmental and ecological corridors;
  • The proposed area of development at Halls Creek will not impact on the existing 23km regional inter-urban break which is an important natural setting for the region;
  • Existing rural and forestry uses will remain unchanged if Halls Creek is developed;
  • Given the site is located a minimum of  1.7km to 6.3kms east of the Bruce Highway, it will not be visible to motorists travelling north or south; and
  • A further vegetated visual buffer will be created adjoining the Aura (Caloundra South) Priority Development Area, increasing the Bruce Highway forestry experience to 32kms.