North Lakes named Australia’s Best Master Planned Community

18 May 2017

Best Master Planned Community
Division 4 Councillor Julie Greer with David Laner, Regional Manager for Stockland.

North Lakes’ incredible transformation from 1,036 hectares of farmland into one of South East Queensland’s most sought after commercial, retail and lifestyle hubs has been recognised on the national stage, with the development being named as Australia’s Best Master Planned Community.

Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Division 4 Councillor, Julie Greer, congratulated Stockland on the accolade, which they accepted at the 2017 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards in Sydney on Friday, 5 May.

“Council is extremely proud to have worked closely with Stockland over the past 17 years to see their bold vision for the North Lakes community brought to life, which is now home to more than 20,000 residents, in addition to 900 businesses supporting more than 7,000 local jobs,” Cr Greer said.

“As a North Lakes resident myself, I speak from experience that it’s one of the best places to live, work and play - with our friendly neighbourhoods, cutting edge design and beautiful lakes and landscaping, to great local employment opportunities, schools, childcare centres, entertainment and health facilities - everything is right here at North Lakes!”

“With the $1 billion Redcliffe Peninsula Line now open to residents, and a world-class university precinct at nearby Petrie planned to open in 2020, growth and investment in the North Lakes area is continuing to boom - everywhere you look there’s new businesses setting up shop and local jobs being created.

“Just last year, North Lakes further cemented its reputation as one of South East Queensland’s premier shopping destinations, with the opening of 60 new speciality retailers at Westfield, including world-famous Swedish furniture superstore IKEA, which collectively created 900 new retail jobs locally.

“This adds to other major employers in the area like Queensland’s only Costco, the North Lakes Specialist Medical Centre which employs specialist doctors and medical professionals locally, and the Auto & General Insurance Group which includes around 400 staff many of whom are local residents.

“Along with other large-format retailers like Spotlight and Kitchen Warehouse which opened their doors as part of Primewest’s $75 million Homemaker Centre extension in North Lakes earlier this year, other big brands like Officeworks are also set to join the North lakes retail community in the near future, delivering exciting new job opportunities for local residents.

“In the past 18 months, we’ve also seen automotive companies such as Performax setting up a new display room and lots of other small businesses setting up in North Lakes including trendy new cafes, vegan burger shops and juice bars to name just a few. 

“That’s not to mention Keymax’s new 40-room boutique hotel, with restaurant and function facilities which will open on Lakeview Drive later this year, and The George Group and PointCorp’s exciting new Laguna North Lakes development, adjacent to The Corso, which will effectively change the face of the North Lakes CBD with boutique shopping and dining laneways, 140-room hotel, tavern and function space, aquatic centre with lap and recreational pools and public green space. 

“Developments like Laguna North Lakes and Keymax’s McLennan on Anzac Avenue are also delivering new commercial opportunities for businesses in the North Lakes CBD, while infill developments including new mixed use and multiple dwelling units in and around the CBD are creating more opportunities for people wanting to experience the North Lakes lifestyle.

“There’s no denying the North Lakes success story so far, and I have no doubt our community will continue to go from strength to strength.

“A big congratulations to Stockland on this achievement. For North Lakes to be formally recognised by the Property Council of Australia as the best master planned community is a fitting tribute for a truly wonderful community.”

David Laner, Regional Manager for Stockland, said Stockland was thrilled to win the prestigious award recognising the success of North Lakes.

“North Lakes currently has over 20,000 residents, 5,000 homes and will offer the equivalent of 13,000 full time jobs upon completion. There’s no doubt that the community is now the premier residential, commercial, retail, health, retirement living, entertainment and recreational hub of the Moreton Bay Region,” Mr Laner said.

“We are very proud of what has been created at North Lakes and it is a great honour to have the community recognised by the Property Council of Australia in this way.”

North Lakes by the numbers

  • Development started just 17 years ago
  • More than 5,000 home sites
  • More than 20,000 residents
  • Capacity for an additional 1,400 people
  • Additional population expected to be accommodated in mixed use and multiple dwelling units in and around town centre
  • 7,700 jobs currently, expected to almost double to 13,000 by 2023
  • 900 registered businesses at June 2016, up from 750 at June 2015

The Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards program has been recognising excellence in design and innovation in the built environment since 1982, and is considered one of the most prestigious property awards programs in Australia. 

More information on Stockland’s nomination and the ‘Best Master Planned Community’ Award can be found on the Innovation & Excellence Awards website.

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