Birtinya’s $5bil mega-development starts to take shape

THE giant city-sized development known as Oceanside Kawana is taking shape, according to developer Stockland.

As you can see in the below birds-eye view and 3D fly-through model of the 100ha site, the $5bil Oceanside Kawana project includes land between Bokarina Beach and Kawana Way, with most of the site between Nicklin and Kawana Ways.

It includes the Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital and the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital under construction, plus a health hub and a future town centre.     

Stockland Senior Development Manager Mark McMahon will next Thursday, July 21, provide an update to business leaders at a Kawana Chamber of Commerce event. He provided a sneak peek of his talk for the Daily.

Oceanside Health Hub

The 17ha, $880mil Oceanside Health Hub is envisaged to provide a range of health services, commercial space, aged care facilities, shops, cafes and hotel-style accommodation.

Best Western Plus Lake Kawana Hotel is now open, as is The Pulse, a six-storey health service building that includes cafes and a florist, Mr McMahon said.

"There's now a Coffee Club, a Good Bean, a sushi shop," he said.

"You've got to put yourself in Bulcock or Ocean St to get that kind of tenancy near where you might live.

"It's pretty unique - people in those apartments will have a high street."

Oceanside Early Learning Centre is also now open, and in April 2016, a new six-storey multi-deck carpark was completed.

Construction on the first commercial project in the health hub began in 2014 and the first residential component - a $36mil aged care facility, began its build this year.

Aerial image of Oceanside Kawana at Birtinya, looking east. 2016.
Aerial image of Oceanside Kawana at Birtinya, looking east. 2016. Stockland

Birtinya at Oceanside

This is the main residential precinct and will offer house and land, terrace homes, townhouses and apartments. Building began five years ago, Mr McMahon said, and land directly opposite the health hub is currently under construction.

"A number of apartment sites are available for apartments to be developed," he said.

"Construction will be largely completed over the next 12 months, with future apartments that are not yet designed or approved to follow."

Other precincts within Oceanside but outside of Birtinya at Oceanside also contain future apartment and short-term accommodation sites, which will deliver further medium density living offerings, Mr McMahon said.

At Birtinya Island Stockland was creating new lakefront and dry blocks. Construction was now almost 60% complete, he said.

A playground and a new café, Izba Espresso, opened next to an information and sales office last year, he said. A 16-home display village including six double-storey terrace designs is also now open.

Oceanside Town centre

Mr McMahon said the Oceanside Town Centre would be a new sub-regional shopping centre for the Sunshine Coast.

"It is likely to feature a department store, supermarkets, quality specialty stores, cafes and entertainment," he said.

New community and cultural facilities including a major library and learning centre, a performance space, parks and other open spaces would be included, he said.

Construction has not yet begun on this precinct, with Stockland waiting for approval by Sunshine Coast Council.

"We're working closely with Council to unlock approvals by the end of this year," Mr McMahon said.

Construction on the town centre could go ahead as early as mid-2017 subject to approvals, he said.

To find out about the Kawana Chamber of Commerce event next Thursday click here

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