Development of the Bokarina beach development is underwayPeter Hall from Hall Contracting on site of the new development.
Development of the Bokarina beach development is underwayPeter Hall from Hall Contracting on site of the new development. Warren Lynam

Coast's new $174m 'city' by the beach takes shape

A MASSIVE 12-month earthworks program is about to commence at the $174 million development Bokarina Beach.

The 74-acre block of land between Nicklin Way and the ocean at Bokarina is envisaged by developer Stockland to include buildings up to eight storeys high providing about 800 units, 300 other homes as well as shops and other facilities including parks, land for a surf life saving facility and a childcare centre.

Developer Stockland designed the new "city" as part of its giant $5 billion Oceanside Kawana development, which includes the Birtinya residential community and the 17-hectare Oceanside Health Hub which provides health infrastructure near the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

Senior development manager Mark McMahon said Sunshine Coast Council had approved Stockland's application to commence bulk earthworks at its Bokarina Beach project after completing initial site works in an area adjacent to Nicklin Way and Wurley Dr.

"This represents a major milestone for the project and we are looking forward to our vision for Bokarina Beach becoming a reality," Mr McMahon said.

"As a key precinct of Oceanside, Bokarina Beach will allow residents to enjoy an active, healthy lifestyle with a new public beach access, kilometres of bicycle and walking paths and two hectares of parkland."

 

Earthworks at Stockland's massive new Bokarina Beach development have begun.
Earthworks at Stockland's massive new Bokarina Beach development have begun. Stockland

Hall Contracting, which began on the Coast as a one-man gravel and sand supply operation in 1946 but is now one of Australia's largest construction companies, has been appointed as the principal contractor for the first stage of Bokarina Beach earthworks.

The first stage will include moving soil on to the site, the majority of which will be sourced locally, Mr McMahon said.

"Stockland will continue to keep the community informed on the progress of construction at Bokarina Beach through a number of channels, including regular updates on the Oceanside Facebook page and our website at www.stockland.com/oceanside," he said.

 

Development of the Bokarina beach development is underwayPhil Carn, Peter Philips, Earl Hick and Peter Hall from Hall Contracting with Ben Simpson and Mark McMahon from Stockland look over the plans for the site.
Development of the Bokarina beach development is underwayPhil Carn, Peter Philips, Earl Hick and Peter Hall from Hall Contracting with Ben Simpson and Mark McMahon from Stockland look over the plans for the site. Warren Lynam

"The first stage of earthworks at Bokarina Beach are expected to take approximately three months to complete and will involve work covering an area of approximately seven hectares in the south-west corner of the site."

Mr McMahon said home buyers had already expressed interest in the new development, and Stockland would be calling for expressions of interest within the next few months.

Meanwhile, Stockland is working with both the Department of Transport and Main Roads and the local council on the design and required approvals for the upgrade of the intersection of Nicklin Way and Lake Kawana Boulevard.

"The upgrade, which includes a new bridge on Nicklin Way with a pedestrian underpass underneath, will provide improved traffic flow through the intersection and better connectivity between Bokarina Beach and the Sunshine Coast Health Precinct and future Oceanside Town Centre," Mr McMahon said.

"This is an extremely complex project and it's important that we take the necessary time to ensure the best results for the community."   


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