14 September 2016 2 min read

Caring for the environment is just the beginning

The Green Building Council of Australia has publicly endorsed Aura’s Master Plan, awarding the project a 6 Star Green Star – Communities rating. It is the first time an Australian city will be designed, developed and measured against this highly-coveted rating system, confirming that Aura will be one of the most sustainable residential communities in Australia and acknowledging the project as a world leader in sustainability and liveability. Stockland will seek to demonstrate leadership through working with sustainability experts, embracing best practice outcomes and investigating emerging technologies and innovations. 

Download Stockland Media Release: Queensland Caloundra South 6 Star Green Star Communities Rating

Environmental Protection Zone 

Forming part of 700ha of linked conservation land, Environmental Protection Zone will border the City Centre, Bells Creek North, Bells Creek South and Lamerough Creek and will be conserved and rehabilitated to provide a safehaven for local fauna. This area, along with the neighbouring Caloundra Conservation Reserve will create a significant environmental park, larger than the Mooloolah River National Park.

Aura’s master plan has been designed to honour the natural values of the site, and its proximity to Ramsar-listed wetlands including the Pumicestone Passage and Bells Creek. The site itself is comprised of degraded land previously used for forestry and grazing. As part of the project, more than 700 hectares, or nearly one-third of the site, will be rehabilitated and designated as a conservation area. This includes the creation of the Environmental Protection Zone and rehabilitation of waterway corridors. The Environmental Protection Zone will include an environmental education facility and sustainability awareness programmes will promote life-long learning among residents and local school children. New habitats for rare and endangered flora and fauna species will also be created, with fauna underpasses at every major creek crossing and along all major roads.