Caloundra South or Aura is a large 2350 hectare urban development at the southern end of the Sunshine Coast which will create around 20,000 dwellings and provide homes for 50,000 people within a stones throw of the internationally significant Pumicestone Passage Wetlands.
SCEC has been campaigning to secure conditions that will provide the greatest possible environmental protection throughout the life of this development. Issues of particular concern include: storm water quality, sediment erosion, survival of wallum frog population, revegetation, creeks and riparian areas, fauna crossings.
The site was first identified as a future urban growth area by the Caloundra City Council who envisaged a target population of between 10-20 thousand people. The site was included in the first SEQ Regional Plan (2006) which proposed the creation of around 20,000 dwellings and increased the target population to 40-50 thousand people.