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Popular Sunshine Coast fun park may sell for units

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THE owner of a popular Sunshine Coast adventure park whose site has been listed for sale hopes a bigger and better fun park will be built under new landlords.

Even if the site it was sold for residential development, Top Shots Fun Park would remain open “into next year”, Top Shots owner Barry Higgins said.

Mr Higgins first opened the gates to the theme park 15 years ago, and said he has known for the past year that his landlords intended to sell.

“It could end up bigger and better,” Mr Higgins said. “That would be ideal.”

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If a major investor was found, Top Shots could be grown into a world class theme park, with a variety of newer activities and a bigger operation, Mr Higgins said.

“You’d need to have a major entertainment business come on board to inject millions into making it bigger and better rather than a residential development,” he said.

“I just think there’s a need for a good, centrally-located family entertainment centre.”

Mr Higgins said he knew the site was very valuable, being one of the highest points in the Maroochdyore area and close to the new Maroochydore CBD.

“They (the owners) did approach me a short time ago to say that (sale of the land) was their intention,” he said.

Mr Higgins said he hoped to negotiate a new lease with a different landlord, and if redevelopment for residential uses was planned, he hoped it would happen slowly.

“If they did it (develop the land for residential use) progressively the park could stay there for some time, but if they didn’t the park would have to be demolished.”

Mr Higgins said he had not had Top Shots’ rides and activities valued but if he had to sell, he would likely put them out to tender.

But on Wednesday, closure was the farthest thing from his mind as the screams and laughter of children enjoying school holidays rang through the air.

“Business is good,” he said.

“Winter’s still good for us, because we don’t have the beach to compete with, as much in winter.”

A Sunshine Coast Council spokesman has confirmed that a ‘material change in use’ application to allow 68 residential units at the site presently occupied by Top Shots Fun Park was approved in September 2014.

No development applications were now being assessed for the site, the spokesman said.

Holiday Fun at Top Shots Fun Park Jake Herden Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily

Holiday Fun at Top Shots Fun Park Jake Herden Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast DailyWarren Lynam

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A POPULAR Sunshine Coast adventure park has been listed for sale, and will likely be demolished for residential units.

Located near the corner of Maroochydore Rd and Sunshine Mwy, the 9934sq m Top Shots Fun Park property is now for sale by real estate giant CBRE.

Top Shots has been a favourite holiday destination Sunshine Coasters and visitors alike, whether the kids are screaming for mini golf, a waterslide, ‘extreme trampoline’, rock climbing or other activities.

Under the sale offer, the Top Shots property could be transformed into a new housing development, as it already holds development approval for 68 residential units, CBRE’s statement says.

“The site has holding income until 31 January 2017 and an attractive outlook across a man-made lake,” said marketing agents Jason O’Meara and Scott Gardiner, of Savills, in conjunction with Glen Grimish and Rem Rafter from CBRE.

“The proposed plans provide for three detached buildings offering units with 1, 2 and 3 bedroom formats with a deck area.

“The units will offer an internal area from 60sqm up to 113sqm, with deck areas from 15sqm up to 28sqm.

“Located on the western fringe of Maroochydore, which is experiencing a rapid growth phase as the result of on-going projects such as Sunshine Cove and the proposed re-development of the former Horton Park Golf Course precinct (known as SunCentral), the selling agents expect there will be strong demand for this style of residential complex offering.”

Expressions of interest for the property close on Thursday, August 11.

Interested parties should contact either CBRE or Savills.

The Daily is seeking an interview with owner of Top Shots. Updates to follow.

Original article published at www.whitsundaytimes.com.au by Nicky Moffat 06/7/16

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First look at new university campus north of Brisbane

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Builders have started hauling heavy machinery into Petrie, as construction commences on the University of the Sunshine Coast’s new campus.

When completed, the multi-storey building will boast a large lecture theatre, an auditorium and a number of teaching rooms.

It will accommodate 1200 students studying up to 50 courses including business, education and computer sciences.

“There’s some quite innovative spaces inside the building,” Greg Baumann, from building company Hansen Yuncken, said.

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Construction at the site has officially begun. (9NEWS)

Positioned next to the Petrie train station, the new campus will slash travel times for thousands of students who live between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Greg Hill said the lack of university locations north of the city has seen up to 1500 students travel from the Moreton Bay area to the Sunshine Coast campus every week day.

“Moreton Bay is one of Queensland’s fastest growing regions, but has been the only region of its size in Australia without its own full-service university campus,” Professor Hill said.

“You have a better chance of finding a young person with a degree in outback Northern Territory, than you do in Caboolture.

“It’s an outstanding statistic, and we’re going to do something to fix it.”

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An artist’s impression of the new campus. (Supplied)

The new campus has the full support of the Moreton Bay mayor, who described the development as “well overdue”.

“This is just fantastic for the future of the young people of the Moreton Bay region” Allan Sutherland said.

“There are a lot of families here that just never even envisaged that they would end up going to university. All that is about to change.”

The foundations should be finished by early next year, with the university expected to open its doors ahead of Semester 1 in 2020.

Source:www.9news.com.au

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Queensland’s $46 Billion Infrastructure Boom

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Queensland’s $46 Billion Infrastructure Boom

The Palaszczuk Government has released an update to its 2018 State Infrastructure Plan as it aims to roll-out a total of $45.8 billion worth of infrastructure over the next four years.

The second part of its State Infrastructure Plan (SIP) focuses on a range of infrastructure spending with its updated release, outlining the $11.6 billion of infrastructure investment to be rolled out in 2018-19, which aims to support up to 38,000 jobs.

Economic forecaster Deloitte Access Economics said that the outlook for engineering construction in Queensland is better than it has been for some time.

“Rather than wallowing in cash from a strong property market and asset privatisations as NSW and Victoria are, the Government is relying more heavily on raising new tax revenue and increasing debt to fund this infrastructure,” Deloitte’s quarterly Business Outlook report said.

Up to 65 per cent of the Queensland’s infrastructure budget is allocated outside of the greater Brisbane area, explained Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick.

“Programs like the Queensland Transport Roads and Investment Program 2018-19 to 2021-22 outlines $21.7 billion in transport and road infrastructure over the next four years, estimated to support an average of 19,200 direct jobs over the life of the program.

Queensland’s $46 Billion Infrastructure Boom

The $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project, the biggest state funded infrastructure commitment in more than a decade, will be delivered in partnership with the private sector, explains Dick.

Infrastructure Association of Queensland chief executive Steve Abson said the infrastructure investment strategies update provides the private sector with confidence to invest in their Queensland operations.

With it now required to be “actioned collaboratively by all levels of government and the private sector”.

Seven new projects have been added to the Building Queensland (BQ) infrastructure pipeline, including upgrades to the centenary motorway and Sunshine Motorway, and a third track to be added to the Gold Coast rail line between Kuraby and Beenleigh.

Queensland’s $46 Billion Infrastructure Boom
Seven new projects have been added to the Building Queensland infrastructure pipeline, including a third track on the Gold Coast railway line to be further investigated

BQ Infrastructure Pipeline Report which presents priority infrastructure proposals under development by the Queensland government, shows 18 proposals from the pipeline has received funding commitments from state government since June 2016.

These include upgrades to the M1 from Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill, and Varsity Lakes to Tugan, the Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade, the Lower Fitzroy River Infrastructure Project and the New Performing Arts Venue.

A rise in interstate migration is seeing more people moving to Queensland, according to the Deloitte’s Business Outlook report, which says the sunshine state now has the third-fastest rate of population growth behind Victoria and the ACT.

The report said that Queensland is “well and truly” through the worst of its mining construction downturn as eye-watering house prices south of the border are sending more “economic refugees north to Queensland”.

Source: brisbaneinvestor.com.au

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Budget delivers more record road spending for the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay areas

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Budget delivers more record road spending for the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay areas

The Palaszczuk Government will deliver $509.7 million in 2018-19 for the North Coast district as part of another record investment in road and transport infrastructure for the third year in a row.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the district was one of the many beneficiaries of the blockbuster roads budget being delivered under the Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program (QTRIP).

“Funding for the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay area is part of the Queensland Government’s record spend on road and transport infrastructure across the state for the third year running, with an investment of about $21.7 billion over the next four years,” Mr Bailey said.

“This will include $2.917 billion of works planned just for this area alone, over the next four years, supporting an average of 2689 direct jobs.

“Continuing works on the Bruce Highway and other key links around the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay are the main focus.

“We’re also looking to get cars off the Bruce, and Sunshine Coast commuters will benefit from $160.8 million Queensland Government funding for the Beerburrum to Nambour rail upgrade, which will support an average of 312 jobs per year over the life of the project, with design work getting underway in 18-19.

Mr Bailey said major projects for the North Coast district in 2018-19 included:

–     Bruce Highway Upgrade Project, continue widening of the highway from four to six lanes between Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway and upgrading the interchanges for a total cost of  $812.9 million (2018-19 $200 million)

–     Bruce Highway, continue installing safety barriers along the highway between Beerburrum and Cooroy for a total cost of $79.8 million (2018-19 $42.5 million)

–     Burpengary Caboolture Road (locally known as Morayfield Road) and Beerburrum Road Route Safety project, start work on safety treatments along these sections between the Bruce Highway and D’Aguilar Highway overpass for a total cost of $28.8 million (2018-19 $8 million)

–     Continue upgrades to improve access to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital for a total cost of $22 million (2018-19 $4.8 million) with works starting on a third package to improve capacity at Nicklin Way between Main Drive and Waterview Street and provide access from Production Avenue to Kawana Way

–     Caboolture Connection Road Route Safety Strategy, continue safety improvements along various locations on Caboolture Connection Road between the Bruce Highway and D’Aguilar Highway for a total cost of $7.6 million (2018-19 $3.7 million)

“We are also providing $3.7 million in 2018-19 through the 50:50 Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS) to support councils to develop the local transport infrastructure they need,” he said.

Mr Bailey said this budget showed the Palaszczuk Government’s ongoing commitment to delivering key infrastructure and creating jobs for the people of Queensland.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s investment in roads, rail, marine, passenger transport and active transport infrastructure is estimated to support about 19,200 direct jobs, on average, over the life of the four-year program,” he said.

Source: mysunshinecoast.com.au

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