26 January 2017 3 min read

Stockland will be celebrating Australia Day at Oceanside on Thursday night (26 January) with a special state-of-the-art light show on two of the community’s newest bridges.

In what is a first for Queensland, the stunning light show will see the bridges turn green and gold to mark the national day of celebration.

The bridges were built as part of Stockland’s recently completed $20 million Lake Kawana Boulevard duplication project and include innovative feature lighting along their façades as well as the footpaths and vertical poles. 

Designed by Rixon Design, light shows along the bridges run from 7pm to 9pm every night at 15-minute intervals. 

Mark McMahon, Senior Development Manager at Stockland, said the latest technology meant the colours and intensity of the lights could be adjusted to provide various displays.

“The computer-controlled feature lighting turns our new bridges on Lake Kawana Boulevard into spectacular landmarks each night and creates a corridor of light between Nicklin Way and Kawana Way,” Mr McMahon said.

“The light shows can also celebrate special events, for example the bridges will turn green and gold to mark Australia Day on Thursday.

“The colourful display created by the bridges is the first of its kind in Queensland and is another example of state-of-the-art technology being used in innovative ways at Oceanside.”

Peter Rixon, Director at Rixon Design, said the lighting was designed so that pedestrians on the bridges had a different viewing experience to those on the lakeside. 

One of the best vantage points to witness the display is in front of the Lake Kawana Community Centre on Sportsman Parade.

“We do not know of any other bridge that has a year-long program to respond to festive and national events,” Mr Rixon said.

“We would like to congratulate Stockland for their commitment to this exciting project and supporting the design intent we presented.” 

A network of 278 light fixtures are spread across the east and west bridges, with each individually-controlled for both colour and intensity.

The Lake Kawana Boulevard duplication project, which opened to traffic in January 2016, included duplicating two new bridges and expanding two traffic lanes to four along the 980 metre Birtinya Island stretch of the road.

Construction started in October 2014 and the work has upgraded Lake Kawana Boulevard to sub-arterial road standard to support the Sunshine Coast Health Precinct and other development planned for the community.

Mr McMahon said the crucial project was part of more than $60 million of infrastructure being provided by Stockland at Oceanside. 

Oceanside is a $5 billion residential, health, retail, commercial and education hub which is set to become a thriving new cosmopolitan destination for the Sunshine Coast. Residents can enjoy a relaxed lifestyle close to nature with more than half of the community comprised of parks, conservation areas, wetlands and Lake Kawana itself.