The locality of Baringa was excised from Bells Creek on 18 August 2017. It was created to accommodate residential population growth in the Caloundra South Priority Development Area. The first residential land sales commenced in August 2016 with the expectation of homes being occupied from 2017. Baringa is part of a $5 billion master-planned community being developed by Stockland and is expected to accommodate 50,000 people in 30 years time.
A new primary (P-6) school, Baringa State School, opened in 2018 on Baringa Drive, the highest point in the residential area. The school will have an initial capacity of 470 students with a plan to accommodate 1100 students in approximately 5-8 years. The principal is Noel Baggs. The school will have an emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
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