04 October 2023   

5 min read
Stockland Aura, the largest masterplanned community ever undertaken in Australia under single ownership, has evolved from a vision to a vibrant reality, becoming one of the most sought-after communities on the Sunshine Coast. With a commitment to sustainability, innovation, and creating a thriving, connected neighbourhood, Aura has achieved many remarkable milestones that have reshaped the landscape and lifestyle of its residents. In this article, we'll highlight some of the milestones that have defined the journey of Aura since land was first released in 2016.

2017:
Aura achieves world-standard sustainability rating
• Aura is recognised as the highest Green Star-rated greenfield masterplanned community in Australia by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), reaching a “world leadership” standard. This rating acknowledges Stockland’s focus at Aura on proven sustainable development that both protects and regenerates the natural environment, making Aura an exemplar community by developing a new city to the world’s highest environmental and liveability standards.

2018:
Aura Business Park opens
• A commercial and industrial real estate precinct is launched in Aura, providing a business centre of investment, offering an opportunity for businesses to thrive and creating an important employment hub for the community.

2019:
Official opening of the Baringa Town Centre
• The $33 million Baringa town centre and retail district officially opens, providing residents with access to an IGA supermarket, 13 specialty retailers, commercial space, a tavern, swim school and proposed medical precinct.

2020:
Aura welcomes it’s 5,000th resident
• Nearly five years on from construction commencing on the $5 billion masterplanned development, 5,000 residents call the Aura community home. The vibrant and sustainable community is a favourite for individuals and families seeking a connected lifestyle, close to schools, shopping, parks, playgrounds and employment hubs.

 

Residents enjoy a range of housing options in Aura, from highly affordable entry level terrace homes to family-sized house and land packages

2021:
Aura’s first high school opens
• Baringa State Secondary College officially opens, welcoming over 200 students in its inaugural year of operation, following an 11-month build. The $127.5 million state-of-the art college was part of a collaborative agreement between Stockland, Sunshine Coast Council and the Queensland Government operating with a strong focus on STEM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

2022:
Baringa Forest Park opens
• The 10 hectare Baringa Forest Park opens, providing the community with access to a walking trail through the Blackbutt Forest and state-of-the-art play equipment. The park opening adds to the continually growing park network within Aura ensuring all residents can embrace their weekends with fun, adventure and physical activity.

2023:
Bells Creek Arterial Road extension is completed
• The 8km Bells Creek Arterial extension road is officially opened by the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, completing the 11km link between the Bruce Highway and Caloundra Road. This $70 million project and significant infrastructure milestone was co-funded by the Queensland State Government to service the growing Caloundra South region and greatly enhance connectivity for Aura residents.

 

The Bells Creek Arterial Road has improved connectivity for Aura residents