Investment dollars pouring into north Caboolture
Our Halcyon Glades community at north Caboolture is part of a golden era of revitalisation that is transforming the area thanks to more than $900 million in public and private investment.
This massive infrastructure spend by all tiers of government and the private sector is fuelled by strong, ongoing population growth and by the area’s strategic location on Brisbane’s doorstep and at the gateway to the Sunshine Coast.
Major projects are improving transport connectivity, boosting vital services and enhancing lifestyle amenities to make life bigger, better and easier in this unique place where the country meets the city.
Getting special attention is the burgeoning Pumicestone Road catchment, where Moreton Bay Regional Council and property developers are spending more than $130 million on everything from roads to retail.
This growth zone is home to Halcyon Glades where homeowners are seeing the infrastructure boom firsthand with Pumicestone Marketplace taking shape just across the road.
When it opens later this year, the 4500sqm neighbourhood shopping centre will have a 3000sqm Drakes Supermarket, several specialty shops, a pharmacy, and a medical centre.
The Axis Capital-owned centre will deliver exceptional convenience to locals, especially those living at Glades.
And just five minutes’ drive away at the northern end of Pumicestone Rd, Caboolture’s iconic Big Fish site is being transformed by Eildon Funds Management into a $100 million-plus retail and service hub known as The Big Fish Travel Centre.
The first of the centre’s three stages has just opened and it includes a Caltex Service Station and a casual dining venue called the ‘The Foodary’, offering a fresh and healthy take on convenience food as well as barista-made coffee.
Construction of Stage 2 is expected to start later this year and will deliver a full-line supermarket, a smaller supermarket, 900sqm of specialty shops, a veterinary surgery, gymnasium or indoor sport and recreation centre, and 345 car parking spaces.
And early planning has begun on the final instalment of the centre, which is approved for child care, medical services, accommodation and trade, and service-related uses.
The Big Fish Travel Centre project brings with it $6 million in the sewer, water and road improvements to Pumicestone Rd while Moreton Bay Regional Council has recently spent more than $6.5 million improving roads and creating linkages in the area.
Ongoing roadworks, valued at around $4 million, will further shave local travel times by creating a more direct route from the catchment to Caboolture Hospital, Caboolture Private Hospital and Central Lakes Shopping Village.
Caboolture Hospital is also responding to the area’s growth and expected future demand with a $132 million upgrade to deliver a new 32-bed adult ward and expand the emergency department.
The new ward will specialise in the care of the elderly and will boost the hospital’s capacity to allow an additional 2500 adult patients to be treated every year.
By far the biggest investment in the area is the $670 million being spent on the six-laning of the Bruce Highway between Caboolture and the Steve Irwin Way.
Widening the highway is expected to help ease congestion, making trips to and from the Sunshine Coasts easier and quicker for commuters, day-trippers and tourists.
It’s little wonder that the area is experiencing this level of infrastructure spending when you realise that several thousand new residents are moving to Caboolture each year.
The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics and Census figures* reveal the number of residents has ballooned by 20 per cent since 2011 to now sit at more than 71,000, with almost 100,000 projected by 2031**.
This exceptional growth, along with the convenience and charm of a location ‘where the country meets the city’, has underpinned the success of Halcyon’s fourth over 50s lifestyle community.
And in a nod to the area’s ongoing growth, Halcyon Glades continues to expand and has recently launched its latest stage of homes, bringing even more new faces and friends to this vibrant and beautiful part of South East Queensland.
*Source .id the population experts: Moreton Bay Region community profile
** Queensland Government Statistician’s Office: Projected Population by statistical area, Queensland, 2011 to 2036