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Mega-deal flagged to bust Caloundra traffic dramas

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WORK: The Pearce Ave bridge is part of the new Bells Creek Arterial Road.

WORK: The Pearce Ave bridge is part of the new Bells Creek Arterial Road.Erle Levey

IT’S a traffic solution that could help snap the congestion dramas on Caloundra Rd and the Bruce Hwy for a cool $50 million.

That’s the deal proposed by Caloundra South developers Stockland.

Stockland is currently delivering the first, $35 million, 2.8km stage of the Bells Creek Arterial Rd and has suggested if its economic losses incurred from a bring-forward of funds could be reimbursed, it would be willing to fast-track completion of the remaining 7.3km stretch.

If a deal could be struck it could see the Bells Creek Arterial Rd provide a second connection to the Bruce Hwy south of Caloundra years earlier than the current expected completion date of 2029.

FROM ABOVE: Work under way on the Bells Creek Arterial Rd.

FROM ABOVE: Work under way on the Bells Creek Arterial Rd.Stockland

State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle said it was a proposition that shouldn’t be rebutted immediately, the economic benefits and traffic improvements the completed road would bring were too significant to ignore.

Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace said the proposal was on his radar and had been for some time.

While he too believed some action had to be taken, he warned against setting a precedent, saying the Federal Government was not in the business of doing the work of developers, particularly work that had already been committed to.

Under the Infrastructure Agreement struck between Stockland, Sunshine Coast Council and the State Government, the developers will spend about $97 million from 2017-2029 on the remaining 7.3km stretch.

“If Stockland were to forward fund this cost and fast track the construction of the entire, remaining length of the Bells Creek Arterial Road, it would cost Stockland an additional $50 million, approximately, in holding costs, which is outside the existing Infrastructure Agreement, and would require Stockland to be reimbursed,” Stockland regional manager Ben Simpson said.

Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey was in transit yesterday and was unable respond before deadline.

Mr Simpson said Stockland was supportive of calls to fast track the extension given the benefits it would have in easing Caloundra Rd traffic, as well as access and congestion to and from as well as on the Bruce Hwy.

A fully-completed Bells Creek Arterial Road would also impact on future property prices in Caloundra South.

Original article published at www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au  by Scott Sawyer  13/8/16

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Council commits to new Coast convention centre

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Council commits to new Coast convention centre

MONEY from the sale of Sunshine Coast Council land will be reserved to help bring a convention and exhibition centre to the new Maroochydore CBD.

A new facility is expected to cost about $200 million and the council commitment is intended to encourage state and federal contributions.

The commitment was made in a confidential session of the most recent council meeting after a motion moved by Cr Jason O’Pray was successful with seven votes for and three against.

Mayor Mark Jamieson, Cr Tim Dwyer and Cr Peter Cox opposed the motion.

Cr O’Pray could not release details of the yet-to-be-sold property or how much money would be raised but said he thought making the financial commitment, on top of providing the land, was a positive step in achieving a suitable facility.

He said he took advice from council officers in making the plan.

“I had tossed and turned about this for quite some time when I knew we were selling land in Maroochydore,” Cr O’Pray said.

“My main reasoning for quarantining this money was because I’m absolutely certain we will need state and federal backing on this.

“It is really important to me to see the CBD has its own convention centre.”

He said securing a private backer would be “even better” than relying on government funding for the project.

“Council can clearly not afford that (cost) on its own.”

Cr Jamieson was contacted for comment but declined to publicly detail his reasons for opposing the motion, with a council spokesman saying the mayor did not disclose matters discussed in confidential session.

The spokesman said the council would contribute to a convention and exhibition facility by providing the land on which it was developed and in all likelihood, having to cover the ongoing annual maintenance and other costs.

“The ratepayers of many other regions across Queensland have not been required to contribute towards the cost of developing their convention and exhibition centres,” the spokesman said.

“The cost to construct such facilities in many of these locations has been borne by the State Government.”

He said a new functional brief and specifications for a new convention and exhibition centre had been completed.

Consulting firm PG International was engaged by the council in March last year to complete the work.

“The functional brief and specifications will inform the development of a business case and preliminary design, which will be done if and when, funding becomes available.”

A Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning spokesman said the department didn’t currently have any funding allocated for a convention and exhibition centre on the Coast.

However, he said the minister for the department and the former director-general wrote to all local governments on March 12 inviting submissions for the Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program.

He said the grant program was available to all local governments through a competitive process to undertake strategic planning for infrastructure and develop business cases and detailed design.

Submissions close on April 9.

“Sunshine Coast Council could make a submission for potential assistance in developing its business case for this project,” the spokesman said.

Source: www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au

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Fast rail a boon for future generations

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Fast rail a boon for future generations

Sunshine Coast Business Council chairwoman Sandy Zubrinich said the North Coast Connect project, which looks to draw on rail duplication and the CAMCOS corridor, would cater to the bulk of current and future Coast populations.

She said about 65 per cent of the current population of about 170,000 people lived within proximity of the CAMCOS corridor and 85 per cent of the future Coast popualtion growth is to the region’s south, in proximity to the rail corridor.

“Locals will benefit significantly from the increased connectivity,” she said.

The North Coast Connect project has received Federal Government backing by way of a share in $20 million for a business case to be developed.

It was one of just three projects nationally to secure the funding and the Palaszczuk Government has also committed $5 million towards the business case.

Supported by Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast and Noosa councils, the project is seen by Ms Zubrinich as one perfect for bi-partisan collaboration.

“It is certainly a project that the three tiers of government and the community can get behind and support,” she said.

The business case will be delivered by a consortium of KPMG, Urbis, Stockland and Smec and is expected to take 12-18 months to put together.

The vision is to slash travel times from the Coast to Brisbane down to 45 minutes.

Originally Published: www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au

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Sunshine Coast Gets $225m Airport Runway in Tourism Boost

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Sunshine Coast Gets $225m Airport Runway in Tourism Boost
The Sunshine Coast will open up to more airborne visitors as a result of the construction of a new airport runway, generating demand for more tourism accommodation and services.

Construction and engineering group John Holland has been awarded the $225 million contract to deliver a new and enlarged runway at the Sunshine Coast Airport. The runway is due for completion by Christmas 2020.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Jamieson said that with increased air capacity will come the demand for new hotel accommodation as well as the refurbishment of existing stock.

“The new runway will accommodate larger, more fuel-efficient aircraft and open up direct access for the Sunshine Coast to more Australian cities, international markets in Asia and the Western Pacific and in turn, drive significant economic growth.”

Sunshine Coast Airport runway

The new runway is part of the Airport Expansion Project, and when complete is expected to contribute $4.1 billion to the Sunshine Coast’s economy over the period to 2040 – generating around 2,230 jobs and boosting tourism as well as providing new direct access to the region and access new markets for food and agribusiness sectors.

The expansion is part of a $372 million privatisation deal with Palisade Investment Partners. Palisade took control of Sunshine Coast Airport last year under a 99-year lease with Sunshine Coast Council.

The long-term lease sees Palisade responsible for operating, investing in, and developing the airport, as well as overseeing future expansion of both domestic and international routes available to and from the Sunshine Coast.

Current estimates for the whole project sit at $303 million, including design, environmental offsets and works undertaken to date.

The Australian Government and the Queensland Treasury Corporation have helped to bankroll the expansion project, providing around $181 million in concessional loans which will be repaid from the proceeds that council receives from its commercial partner, Palisade Investment Partners, in 2022.

John Holland Group will take possession of the project site over the next couple of weeks to start preparing the site for the dredging works to commence mid-year.

The project is on track for completion by Christmas 2020.

Originally Published: theurbandeveloper.com

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