Sunshine Coast beachgoers have a much-anticipated new point to access the sand and surf at Stockland’s Bokarina Beach community following the official opening of fully accessible public pathway, among a raft of milestones celebrated on the 19th of August.
The $1.2 million project provides public access through the dunes to the beach for beach users, swimmers and emergency vehicles, as well as incorporating a timber viewing deck, seating, bike racks and shower, and a future lifeguard tower.
State Member for Kawana Jarrod Bleijie and Sunshine Coast Councillor for Division 3 Peter Cox joined Stockland representatives in cutting the ribbon at an official ceremony at the entrance to the path.
Mark McMahon, Senior Development at Stockland, said: “We are excited to open the new public access to the beach and Coastal Pathway link.
“Stockland is creating a premium world-class community at Bokarina Beach that will one day be home to more than 2,500 people,’’ he said. “Our new residential, retail and tourism hub is set to become one of the Sunshine Coast’s most prestigious communities and a destination for interstate and international visitors.
“This pathway provides convenient access between the beach and an exciting array of future planned boutique shops, cafes and restaurants within Bokarina Beach, not only for residents but the wider Sunshine Coast region and visitors to the Coast alike.
Stockland is also opening the much anticipated “missing link’’ of the regional Coastal Pathway that will now connect through Bokarina Beach. The new beach access integrates with the Coastal Pathway, the longest shared pedestrian and cycle pathway in the Sunshine Coast region.
Sunshine Coast Councillor Peter Cox said: “The Council’s vision is for this pathway to be a world-class scenic route connecting the coast.
“We’re pleased Stockland has brought this vision to life, offering an incredible, scenic journey for pedestrians and cyclists using this route,’’ he said.
State Member for Kawana, Jarrod Bleijie, said the new beach access and coastal pathway is an asset to the broader Sunshine Coast region.
Stockland has consulted extensively with all tiers of government, resulting in a public space that provides a fantastic opportunity for residents and visitors to connect, while promoting an active outdoor lifestyle.’’
Rea Ingham, one of the first residents to move into Bokarina Beach two months ago, said she was excited to see the new beach access open.
“I like to walk every day and the proximity to the beach is the main reason I bought here,’’ she said.
“The new pathway is something I have been looking forward to and I have been keenly watching its progress.’’
Mr McMahon said he was delighted to see Stockland’s vision for Bokarina Beach becoming a reality, with the new beach access also coinciding with the completion of 1.8 hectares of parkland surrounding the community’s new signature lake.
“The waterside Lake Square parkland within Bokarina is an exciting new recreational destination for the Sunshine Coast region. Landscaping has been completed around the entire perimeter.
“This expansive lake extension provides a signature entry into the new community, with the new northern edge of the lake now featuring a pebble beach that doubles as a launch area for watercraft, as well as seating and shelter to enjoy the idyllic setting.’’
The parkland is already becoming a popular regional destination for families, with the southern side incorporating a wooden pier, public square, places to picnic as well as grassed areas down to the water’s edge.
For more details on Bokarina Beach and to register interest in securing a home site, visit www.stockland.com.au/bokarinabeach, drop into the Oceanside Sales and Information Centre on the corner of Birtinya Boulevard and Lake Kawana Boulevard, or call 07 5437 8703. Customers can also keep up-to-date via www.facebook.com/oceansidekawana.