First stage of Bells Creek Arterial Road complete

13 February 2017

QLD Government: A ceremony to mark the completion of the first stage of the much-anticipated Bells Creek Arterial Road was held at the southern end of the Sunshine Coast this morning.

Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey, who attended the official opening of the 2.8 kilometre stretch, said the milestone marks the Stage 1 completion of access to Aura, Australia’s largest master-planned city.

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

“The current and future residents of the Sunshine Coast will reap the benefits of this new link with access being provided directly from Caloundra Road to the new city of Aura,” he said.

“Active transport options, including high-quality bike and walking paths that are separate from the road, are another exciting addition incorporated to support the residents’ lifestyle and add to the vibrancy of the community.

“Importantly, this state-controlled road is being delivered at no cost to Queenslanders.

“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.

“Through this negotiation, residents and tourists alike will reap the benefits of this key piece of infrastructure delivered by Stockland and built by local Sunshine Coast-based firm Shadforths Civil Contractors.

“The completion of the new section of road is testament to some of the significant work being delivered to local communities and to all Queenslanders through government working together with industry.”

Stockland has 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. We’re committed to ensuring that Aura has the road, walking and cycling infrastructure to help residents access jobs, homes and services within the town and connections more broadly with the Sunshine Coast region.”

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

Fast facts:


Finishing touches are being put to the road and it is expected to be opened to traffic in the near future.

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

 

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Source:  Queensland Government - www.statements.qld.gov.au

Contact: 

Minister Bailey’s office, Zoe Russell | 0428 079 640

Stockland, Amy Menere, National Manager Government Relations | 0422 449 310

Llew Gartrell Stakeholder Relations Manager | 0411 571 366

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