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.”
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.
EARLIER: Iconic Sunshine Coast fun park may sell for units
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.
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
City Deal a $58bn ‘Game Changer’ for Southeast Queensland
South-east Queensland could be green-lit for the biggest “city deal” in Australia, with a $58 billion proposal to guide its growth, and the prime minister announcing his support for the major plan.
With a focus on supporting diverse sectors within the region including housing and planning, tourism, manufacturing and education, the SEQ City Deal could also pave the way for government-owned land to be opened for development.
Queensland deputy premier Jackie Trad this week released Transforming SEQ, which highlights 35 “opportunities” that could be considered as part of the future City Deal, including six “game changers” for the region.
“Modelling by KPMG has shown a SEQ City Deal could stimulate an increase of up to $58 billion in our economy by improving the productivity and competitiveness of the region,” Trad said.
Prime minister Scott Morrison will be meeting with the SEQ Mayors and Queensland government to discuss the proposal this week.
The City Deal, which involves all three levels of government — council, state and federal — would see government working on priorities to drive the SEQ economy.
Under a City Deal plan, all three levels of government sign an agreement to set the priority infrastructure projects and initiatives.
Integrated land-use planning approach?
Property Council chief executive Ken Morrison described the announcement as “a game-changer for the region.
“Our growing cities and urban regions are the engine rooms of the Australian economy,” Morrison said.
“The city deal model brings together all levels of government around the same plan to boost productivity and jobs through targeted investment in city-shaping projects and infrastructure.”
Property Council Queensland director Chris Mountford said the council has been collaborating with state government and SEQ councils for nearly six years on the potential for a city deal.
“The State and local governments have also agreed in principle to a more coordinated integrated land-use planning approach,”
“Opening up under-utilised government-owned land for development has also been agreed as a clear opportunity to unlock economic activity, create jobs and build business confidence.”
The region’s current 3.5 million population is forecast to increase to 5.3 million within the next 25 years, ultimately requiring an extra 800,000 homes and additional one million jobs.
Focus has been placed on the recently released people mass movement study which identifies the impact of the expected population growth on the region’s ability to cope with future transport demand.
Minister for Cities Alan Tudge said he, along with the prime minister, will be meeting with the SEQ Mayors to discuss the Deal.
“We need to cater for this rising population and the SEQ City Deal will be a huge step forward,” Tudge said.
South-east Queensland is already home to over two-thirds of the state’s population.
The region is home to nearly one in every seven Australians.
The agreement marks the second city deal for Queensland following the policy being first established in Townsville.
So far, city deals have been developed for Western Sydney, Townsville and Launceston, and a further four more are currently under negotiation in Adelaide, Hobart, Perth and Geelong.
$63b infrastructure plan to keep SEQ moving till 2041
It’s going to cost $63.7 billion to keep South East Queensland moving over the next two decades, according to a study released today by the region’s mayors.
The population of the region is expected to grow by about 1.8 million people to more than five million people by 2041, putting extraordinary demand on the already strained transport network.
The SEQ People Mass Movement Study lists a total of 47 projects designed to keep city-to-city trips under 45 minutes and urban commutes under 30 minutes, including a faster rail network connecting the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast via Brisbane and west to Ipswich and Toowoomba.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the infrastructure plan, coined the Strategic Transport Road Map, would keep the region “economically productive” while maintaining its liveability.
“Business as normal is not going to work, we need to increase the amount of money that is being spent in South East Queensland,” Cr Quirk said.
He said the plan would require an average expenditure of about $2.7 billion per year until 2041, which he said was “not an unrealistic figure”.
“What we are seeing in Sydney and Melbourne right now is this massive spend on infrastructure. That’s because they allowed it to get too far behind. We cannot do that in South East Queensland.”
He said there had been no shortage of plans for the region’s transport network, but it was time for all levels of government to unite with a shared vision.
Redland City mayor Karen Williams said the plan delivered the projects over a “reasonable amount of time with a reasonable amount of investment”.
“It’s not a matter of ‘can we afford this?’ It’s the fact that we can’t afford not to do it,” Cr Williams said.
Faster Rail is not as fast as high speed rail, which delivers speeds up to 350km/h, but could run at about 160km/h with top speeds of up to 200-250kmh, with limited stops.
It would be connected to the light rail networks on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast in order to ease congestion on major arterials.
Other projects include the Brisbane Metro, Cross River Rail and road upgrades, including the Pacific, Sunshine, Centenary, Ipswich and Logan motorways and the Bruce, Warrego and Mt Lindesay highways.
The study also took into account emerging technologies including autonomous vehicles.
It was first proposed in 2016, and began in September 2017, with the aim of bringing together multiple local, state and national transport studies into one cohesive plan.
The South East Queensland region takes in the Brisbane City, Ipswich City, Lockyer Valley Regional, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redland City, Scenic Rim Regional, Somerset Regional, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba Regional council areas.
First look at new university campus north of Brisbane
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.
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.”
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.
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