Aura's set to deliver three schools in three years


Stockland’s Aura is well on its way to delivering a brand new education hub for the Sunshine Coast. The community, which is the largest masterplanned development in the country, is on track to deliver three new education facilities by 2023.

Following the opening of Baringa State School – a science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) focused primary school – in 2018, the community’s first high school, the Baringa State Secondary College, is set open for the 2021 school year to Year 7 and 8 students and will eventually cater through to Year 12.

Baringa State Secondary College will be the first secondary school in the Aura community and will provide engaging, challenging and inclusive curriculum opportunities.

Josh Sondergeld, Stockland Project Director, said the opening marked the next step in catering for the community’s growing education needs.

“Aura is committed to nurturing young minds and emerging talent, and with 10 new families moving to the community every week, the high school is a welcome addition to our growing number of education facilities.”

Newly appointed principal of Baringa State Secondary College, Matt Samson, said enrolments were now open for the 2021 school year.

“I have been so impressed and appreciative of the support and excitement the community has shown our new college and look forward to welcoming our first students in the new year,” Mr Samson said.

“The first 12 months will be an amazing opportunity to work with the community and our foundation students to develop the traditions that will become part of the school culture and identity.”

Construction has also commenced on a second state primary school in the suburb of Nirimba set to open in 2022, which will cater to 1,100 students.

Brisbane Catholic Education is also set to open a new Prep to Year 12 school in Aura’s city centre in 2023, with the first stage of construction due to commence on the eight-hectare site in 2022. On completion the school will accommodate 1,500 students and around 150 teaching and non-teaching staff.

On the early education front, a Goodstart Early Learning Centre in Baringa opened in 2018, with an additional eight childcare centres on the masterplan.

Upon completion, Aura is set to become a hub for educational excellence with up to 20 educational and learning centres proposed, including:
●    Five public primary schools
●    Two public high schools
●    Up to four private schools
●    Eight early learning centres
●    One urban university

Further educational facilities will be delivered as required to support the growing community

“Aura is building a talented city with education at its heart, a city where learning is part of life,” Mr Sondergeld said.

“We were very proud to deliver Queensland’s first STEM School of Excellence in Baringa State School, catering to the digital age with interactive televisions in each classroom, 3D printers and an interactive robotics laboratory.

“We look forward to delivering an education offering that will have a positive influence on families which is central to Stockland’s goal of creating sustainable and highly liveable communities.”

Over the next 30 years, Aura is planned to include more than 20,000 new homes, two business parks, 10 sporting grounds, 25 community facilities, 20 educational facilities, 700 hectares of conservation and park areas and 200 kilometres of cycleways and walking paths.

Baringa and Nirimba are the first suburbs to be built within the future city of Aura, which has been awarded the highly coveted 6 Star Green Star – Communities rating by the Green Building Council of Australia.

Stockland’s Aura comprises 2,400 hectares on the interface of Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast, and is a State Government Priority Development Area. In 2030 and beyond it is envisioned to be Australia’s most prosperous and connected masterplanned community – with a population of 50,000 residents housed within 20,000 dwellings, and generating 20,000 jobs while contributing $1.5 billion in Gross Regional Product per year to the Sunshine Coast economy.

For more information about Aura, visit the website at or call 13 LAND (13 5263).

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