Pimpama: from farmland to boomtown
A vibrant, connected and service-rich location is the backdrop for every Halcyon community, and the site of our latest project, Halcyon Greens at Pimpama, epitomises this philosophy.
While this spectacular 500-home community is surrounded by lush golf course fairways and a beautiful wetland conservation zone, it also sits at the heart of the Gold Coast’s latest boom town.
Located just east of the M1 and immediately north of Coomera, Pimpama was once a sleepy rural area dotted with farms and acreage properties.
Thanks to the meteoric rise of neighbouring Coomera and the city’s burgeoning population, Pimpama is firmly on the radars of government planners, developers, educators, businesses and home buyers.
It is surrounded by marine recreational area, golf courses and major transport infrastructure such as the Gold Coast to Brisbane train line and the Pacific Motorway (M1), providing easy access to Brisbane and the rest of the Coast.
Last year, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released figures revealing that almost 8000 people had moved to Pimpama over the past decade.
And in 2014-15, Pimpama had the fastest-growing population outside of any Australian capital city, rising 20 per cent or an extra 1000 people that year alone.
Several years ago, property development giant Mirvac began rolling out its massive Gainsborough Greens masterplanned community on land adjoining Gainsborough Greens Golf Course.
Many have followed Mirvac’s lead, with plenty of neighbouring residential projects completed, several new public and private schools and new shopping hubs open or under construction.
In recognition of its incredible growth, Pimpama is one of three Coast locations the Queensland Government has earmarked to have a train station by 2023, making public transport more easily accessible for residents.
And opening later this year is the long-awaited $470 million Westfield Coomera Town Centre, which will inject greater convenience, choice and lifestyle amenity to the area.
It is also expected to be a major catalyst for further development across the Gold Coast’s northern growth corridor.
Located just east of the M1 and next to Coomera Train Station, the Town Centre’s major tenants will be Coles, Woolworths, Kmart, Target and an Event Cinemas complex.
The centre promises northern Gold Coast residents a dining, lifestyle and entertainment destination with 140 specialty shops, a market-style fresh food precinct and lively community spaces.
With all this population growth and community infrastructure springing up, it’s not surprising that a substantial number of baby boomers are expected to call Pimpama home over the next two decades.
Research conducted by Urbis reveals the Pimpama catchment’s population of 50 to 74-year-olds is forecast to more than triple to more than 23,000 by 2036, reflecting an annual increase of 6.1 per cent – almost three times the rate predicted for the entire Gold Coast.
The rate is even higher for those aged 75 years and over. This age bracket will grow more than 8 per cent a year to reach 4651 people in 20 years.
These forecasts and the area’s dramatic transformation over the past decade underpin Halcyon’s decision to create our largest ever community in the heart of Pimpama.