16 May 2016

Media Release

Stockland hosted a walking city tour with a difference on Sunday, 15 May, inviting the first customers who’ve bought land at Aura to walk their lot and imagine their dream home.

As part of the walking tour, Stockland’s development team explained Aura’s detailed masterplan, pacing out and pointing out designated sites for key features within the first suburb of Baringa and the future city that will grow around them.

The ‘founding families’ of Stockland’s $5 billion Aura community on the Sunshine Coast were given the exclusive first look at the future city under construction.

Ben Simpson, Regional Manager for the Sunshine Coast at Stockland, said work was well underway on Aura’s first streets, bridges, stormwater and water storage systems, school and retail sites, parks and playgrounds, with construction on the first new homes expected to begin in October 2016. 

“We were delighted to be able to take our founding families onsite for a first-hand look at their new community and we pointed out the key locations that will be created within this brand new suburb,” Mr Simpson said.

“There was a lot of excitement about how close their future home sites are to all of the great facilities planned for the village centre, including two new schools, shops and community facilities, as well as the close proximity of the Lamerough Creek Conservation Area.”

Aura’s first residents are expected to begin moving in early next year, during which time construction on the first school, town square and parks will all be well progressed.

The first suburb will eventually comprise 1,560 homes located on Aura’s northern boundary adjacent to Bells Reach. Baringa is expected to be progressively developed and completed in the next five years, with various precincts within the suburb having their own distinctive look and feel. Additional new villages and suburbs within Aura, each with their own distinct look and feel, will be progressively developed over the next 30 years.

The village centre for the first suburb will include a business and commercial hub and a landmark Eco Sanctuary will be created on Baringa’s eastern boundary for environmental education.

All homes will be within walking distance of parks and playgrounds and close to a network of walking and cycle paths linking homes with local schools and the village centre.

Mr Simpson said work on the first stage of the $115 million Bells Creek Arterial Road was on schedule, with the 2.8 kilometre section of two-lane road providing easy access to Caloundra Road once completed early next year.

Aura is Australia’s largest ever masterplanned community under single ownership and will become the first new city in Australia to be designed and constructed to the world’s highest environmental and sustainability standards.

Over the next 30 years, Stockland will create more than 20,000 new homes as well as a thriving city centre and retail hub, South Bank style urban parkland, elite sporting and performance precinct, numerous schools and education centres, and two business and enterprise parks.

For more information on Aura or to submit an expression of interest for a home site, visit the Aura Vision Centre on Bells Reach Drive, Bells Reach, call 1300 762 058 or go to www.stockland.com.au/aura. You can also keep up with the community’s progress on Facebook at www.facebook.com/auraqld