New community in Brisbane’s north launches

With fresh air, breathing space, community connection and proximity to nature, the new Kinma Valley community is offering a slice of home happiness.

The brand-new $500 million residential development in Queensland’s Moreton Bay area has been launched.  

Kinma Valley, midway between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, will eventually be home to 6,500 residents in 2,500 new homes.

Matthew Mears, Lendlease Managing Director – Communities, says the word ‘kinma’ means ‘awaken’ in Kabi Kabi First Nations language.

The connection to country and the surrounding area was part of the new community’s philosophy, with sustainability and a seamless integration of natural and built environments key factors.

“Our vision for Kinma Valley is to not only create a market-leading sustainable community but to build a sense of belonging, well-being and connection for our residents,” Mears says.

Living the dream

Greater flexibility over working conditions, a desire for space and more freedom to live in lifestyle locations has seen a growing move away from inner-city living, says Angus Moore, economist at

This is helping families reshape the post-pandemic Australian dream of home ownership and take greater control over how and where they live.

“We’ve seen a real shift across the pandemic towards people wanting more space and wanting to live closer to the beach,” Moore says. “That’s favoured places like Moreton Bay, where space is a little more affordable than in Sydney or Melbourne.”

South East Queensland has been attracting record numbers of interstate migrants, especially from southern states.

The Moreton Bay area has performed particularly strongly through the pandemic and PropTrack data showing there is no sign demand is slowing, Moore reveals.

“Prices in Moreton Bay North are up 28% over the past year to April — substantially faster than the national average.

“It’s one of the fastest growing areas in the country.”

The Sunshine State has been a beacon for southern buyers looking for lifestyle, affordability and space.

Mears says it’s no surprise local and interstate buyers alike are awakening to the charms of the Moreton Bay area.

“They’re seeking a more relaxed and nature-focused lifestyle,” Mears explains.

“The events of the past couple of years have helped us all to focus on the important things in life — especially the choice of where we live.”

Sunrise over the treetops

With stunning views to the Glasshouse Mountains and a seamless blend of the built and organic environments, Kinma is big on lifestyle, Mears says.

After an extensive community consultation process, the masterplan was drawn to embrace leafy streets to encourage connection and interaction, community gathering spaces and parks, and a genuine village heart as a place of discovery.

“More than 30 per cent of the community will be dedicated to green open space,” Mears explains.

Healthy outdoor living was an important focus of the design.

The knockout feature is the spectacular 31-hectare central green corridor that will be within easy reach of every home.

A network of walking and cycling paths throughout the community will encourage active and healthy living with less reliance on vehicles.

The community is targeting a 6-Star Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia.

“As much material as possible from the site will be recycled and used in construction,” Mears says. “We’re also retaining and repurposing an existing home, which will become a future community neighbourhood centre.”

The good life

Kinma Valley will offer new home sites to suit a wide range of buyers, including first home buyers, young families, empty nesters and more, says Mears.

“Larger lots, distinctive building materials, innovative street design and casual neighbourhood meeting spaces will ensure Kinma Valley homes stand out from the crowd,” he adds.

“We are working with our builder partners to provide some exciting housing options that will appeal to range of budgets and needs.”

The first land release will be on the market in August 2022.

The masterplan encompasses a broad suite of amenities that will cater to all needs. Residents will have access to a host of existing services, including shopping centres, schools, medical centres, and public transport.

“There will be 12 individually themed parks, several adventure playgrounds and an innovative community hub which will offer convenience shopping and dining complementing the existing wide range of shopping and other services in the area,” Mears says.

“We think Kinma Valley will be a place where residents can have both a brand-new home and feel part of a connected and friendly community.”

Pictures are courtesy of Lendlease.

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