Future of Coast’s newest community keeps growing
THE Sunshine Coast's newest community is seeing up to 10 families move in each week, and this month reached a milestone with 5000 residents now calling it home.
Over the past 12 months, Aura has reached several major milestones including the opening of the $33 million Baringa retail district and its newest suburb, Nirimba, also welcomed its first residents.
Nearly five years on from construction first started on the $5 billion masterplanned development, the community that has its own schools, shopping centre, parks, cycleways and employment hubs.
Residents Portia Gunthorpe and Beau Lightfoot recently purchased in the area and hope to put their roots down and stay "for a really long time".
"We're always going cycling on the veloway and we're just a short stroll from the new Baringa Town Centre which has everything we could ever need," they said.
Project director Josh Sondergeld said Aura was Australia's fastest-growing masterplanned community that welcomed up to 10 new families each week - many of whom were first-time buyers or had previously rented in the community.
"I'm thrilled to see what we have achieved since the community's official release," Mr Sondergeld said.
"We're looking forward to how the next five years shape up, and hope they are just as exciting as the last."
The future city of Aura is predicted to generate 20,000 new jobs in the next 15 years while contributing $1.5 billion per year to the local economy.
Construction will soon start on a new medical centre and swim school and the completion of Baringa's first high school is on target to open for the 2021 school year.
Despite COVID-19 wreaking havoc on society, Mr Sondergeld said the next year would see a new sports park, the completion of Nirimba's first three parks and a 10ha major recreational park that would open mid-year.
This would include a 5000sq m designated dog park.