Images from a computer-generated fly-over of Stockland's new city south of Caloundra, Aura.
Images from a computer-generated fly-over of Stockland's new city south of Caloundra, Aura.

How a 2.8km stretch of bitumen impacts 50,000 people

IT'S only a small stretch of road, less than three kilometres long, but is going to make a huge impact on the Sunshine Coast's newest city.

The first stage of the Bells Creek arterial road has been completed.

Main Roads and Road Safety Minister, Mark Bailey, who attended the official opening, said the milestone marked the Stage One completion of access to Aura, Australia's largest master-planned city.

Soon residents would be able to access Aura directly from Caloundra Road instead of through Bells Reach.

While the construction work is over, finishing touches were being put to the road and it was "expected to be opened to traffic in the near future”.

Mr Bailey said the road was a commitment to the infrastructure needs of the emerging communities in the rapidly growing area of Caloundra South.

And the best news was the $30 million infrastructure didn't cost taxpayers a cent.

"Under the conditions of the development, Stockland Pty Ltd is providing more than $140 million worth of state roads and land for future roads and public transport, which in turn will help support their growing development,” Mr Bailey said.

Stockland invested $30 million in the construction of this first phase of critical state road infrastructure providing direct access to the emerging Aura community.

Kingsley Andrew, General Manager for Queensland at Stockland, said the Bells Creek Arterial Road would be the main access into Aura's first suburb of Baringa and would provide a welcome second access for the existing communities of Bells Reach and Bellvista.

"This is the most significant piece of infrastructure to be delivered by Stockland at Aura to date and a huge milestone for this rapidly growing community, the first residents of whom started moving in just last month,” Mr Andrew said.

"Upon completion, Aura will be home to more than 50,000 people and contribute more than 20,000 jobs to the Sunshine Coast region.

A key feature of the new road was how it provided active transport options, including high-quality bike and walking paths that are separate from the road.

Bells Creek Arterial Road is being built in stages. This 2.8km section was the first phase of the almost 12km road which would eventually link Caloundra Road with the Bells Creek/Roys Road interchange on the Bruce Highway.

The following two major stages of the Bells Creek Arterial Road would be developed over the next ten years as the Aura community grows.

FAST FACTS

  • 2.8km Stage 1 was completed in 12 months
  • 50 plus workers contributed 80,000 working hours
  • More than 133,000m3 of earth was moved - enough to fill 53 Olympic swimming pools
  • 2,000 m3 of concrete used
  • 5,000m3 of asphalt used
  • 70,000 tonnes of gravel from local quarries used

Timing of construction of the remaining stages of Bells Creek Arterial Road will be confirmed as the development progresses.