Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Aura-Struck? Here's the Breakdown

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Aura-Struck? Here's the Breakdown

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Byline: SCOTT SAWYER

THE Coast's newest city, Aura, was officially unveiled on Thursday.

Set to take shape over the next three decades, the $5 billion project to be delivered by developers Stockland is will house 50,000 people upon completion.

A city the size of Gladstone, aptly dubbed the city of colour, will deliver massive parks, public space, cycleways and an environmental conservation network to the new suburb.

With 700ha of rehabilitation and conservation designated, as well as innovation hubs, a public Southbank-style beach and sport and recreational facilities, the project is set to change the face of the Coast and, if successful, the way urban design is carried out in sensitive areas.

The ambitious new city certainly had our readers talking online too.

From the origin of the name to vital questions like infrastructure, public transport and even provision for car parking in the 6-star Green Star community, you had plenty of queries about the announcement.

So we took those direct to the developers and asked Stockland to give us the answers to your questions posed on the Daily's Facebook page.

Q: Where are the jobs going to be?

A: Stockland this week awarded civil contracts valued at $25 million for the commencement of construction of Aura. The start of the project will create hundreds of new jobs on the Sunshine Coast, and the project will quickly ramp up, generating about 1700 direct and indirect jobs, mainly within the building industry as the need grows for builders and tradespeople on site.

The Aura master plan features major business and industry precincts totalling 150ha. A major new city centre CBD is also planned. Aura's city centre will cover 200ha and will include 100,000sqm of retail and 50,000sqm of commercial floor space.

Aura will include a major regional-scale industrial and business hub positioned to attract and deliver a range of employment uses and will accommodate more than 410,000sqm of industry and commercial floor space and 40,000sqm of high-exposure retail showroom floor space.

The Aura master plan also makes provision for more than 20 schools and education centres to be developed as the community grows, which will create new jobs for teachers and childcare professionals.

As the community matures and grows, Aura will generate 20,000 new jobs on the Sunshine Coast.

Q: Can we have a bridge from Bribie Island to Aura?

A: The Aura master plan requires the rehabilitation of a 700ha conservation park. This will establish a significant ecological buffer between the development and the Pumicestone Passage with urban development located some 5km west of Bribie Island.

Q: How will the major infrastructure requirements of such a large, new city be adequately met?

A: Over the past three years, comprehensive planning for the delivery of infrastructure has been undertaken by Stockland, the State Government and council. …

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