In the Media

  • The next big thing

    Published in: My Property Review
    Published on: 1 Sep 2012

    Stockland has left nothing out of the equation in its planning of Oceanside Kawana, a fully integrated community, business and tourism development that will bring $5.3 billion to the Coast over the next 15 years.

    Stockland this week unveiled a new name for the central Kawana region it is helping to transform into a new $5 billion first-class destination for the Sunshine Coast.

    Oceanside Kawana will encompass around 140 hectares of land, taking in Birtinya, the new public and private health precinct, the future town centre and a dedicated transit and commercial precinct.

    Its creation will involve one of the largest infrastructure projects ever undertaken on the Coast with new roads, bridges, parks and services on a massive scale.

    Stockland this week began another round of consultations with key community, government and business stakeholders, together with residents of Birtinya and surrounding areas. The first signage displaying the Oceanside Kawana name is going into place this week, while more details about the individual precincts will be announced in the coming months.

    Research conducted by the Urbis group has found the total economic benefit of Oceanside would top $5.3 billion over the next 15 years and generate more than 45,000 direct and indirect jobs during the development phase.

    On completion, the new heart of Kawana will provide approximately 21,000 ongoing jobs and contribute $828 million annually to the economy.
    Stockland regional manager David Laner says Oceanside Kawana has been one of Australia’s most carefully planned and conceived new communities. Laner says it is a great honour for Stockland to be the master developer of such an important Sunshine Coast site and the new name is the result of an exhaustive process of research and deliberation.

    "We wanted to find a name that reflects this great coastal location and will bring together the past, present and future of Kawana,” Laner says. "Our vision for Oceanside Kawana is to create a whole new way of living for the Coast, where homes, shopping, entertainment, business, health services, tourism and jobs all co-exist in a single location.”

    The first residential component of Oceanside – Stockland’s Birtinya community – is already well established. Work is underway on the Ramsay Health Care private hospital, and the Queensland Government recently named the Exemplar Health consortium as the successful tenderer for the $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH).

    Kawana include a new sub-regional shopping centre for the Sunshine Coast, likely to feature a department store, supermarkets, quality specialty stores, cafes and entertainment, and community and cultural facilities, including a major library and learning centre, a performance space, parks and other open spaces. A business and employment centre for more than 5000 people is also planned, as is a town centre apartment-style living zone for thousands of new residents, a public transport hub providing links to Brisbane and other areas of the Coast, and networks of walking paths, bikeways and footbridges connecting each precinct.

    Laner says Stockland will continue to work closely with the wider Coast community to achieve great outcomes for Oceanside and provide regular progress updates. A website has been established to provide more information at