The Sunshine Coast’s largest-ever residential development – the $3 billion Harmony residential development of 5000 homes for 15,000 people – kicks off on Wednesday.
However conservationists still question its impact on big populations of eastern grey kangaroos in the immediate area.
Sunshine Coast Environment Council holds concerns for kangaroos as some sections of grasslands were cleared.
“We are still concerned because of the increasing encroachment within those grasslands and the woodlands around there,” SCEC spokeswoman Narelle McCarthy said on Tuesday.
“The bottom line is that they are losing habitat and they are becoming more and more isolated and they are not able to have that connectivity across the landscape.
“Those populations are becoming increasingly pushed out because they can only go so far, with the highway and the other constraints.”
The SCEC was told in November 2015 of “poor fencing along the Mooloolah River National Park” and the high risk of kangaroos being killed as they tried to cross Claymore Road.
The huge development which has been in the planning stages for five years is at Palmview, on the Bruce Highway, just inland from Caloundra.
The “continued decline of the eastern grey kangaroo population in the Sippy Downs/Palmview” area was one of five key issues considered by Sunshine Coast Council and the state government before the project was finally approved in April 2016.
“It should be noted that, the Structure Plan requires the rehabilitation and revegetation of a minimum of 483.4 hectares of land for ecological purposes, some of which is specifically required to be managed as grassland as grazing habitat for macropods,” the planning documents show.
The master-planned residential development concept on 380 hectares of land within the huge land parcel was originally put together by Investa Land, now known as the AVID Property Group.
The concept was a joint venture between Investa Land, the Sunshine Coast council, Unity Water and two private land developers and attracted 155 submissions from landowners, families and conservation groups.
Most of those submissions – 133 of the 155 submissions – requested the links from Palmview residents that their access to the Bruce Highway be maintained using a western corridor road.
The Sunshine Coast Council in 2015 agreed to provide a share of the money for the bridge over Sippy Creek into the residential development and the road connections as part of the project.
The infrastructure agreement signed as part of the development lays out the timetable of works and the obligations for the various parts of the project.
The neighbourhood will include primary and secondary schools, community parks, an aquatic centre and library and a district shopping centre. With easy access to both the Bruce Highway and Sunshine Motorway it will provide convenient transport connections.
The project was fully evaluated by the Sunshine Coast Council at a special meeting on November 23, 2015.
The council requested changes to allow for future expansion of the Bruce Highway, for “noise suppression” techniques to be included in the planning design and for sensitive environmental land to be protected in the development.
On March 2, 2016, Local Government Minister Jackie Trad wrote back to Sunshine Coast Council and agreed to let the project proceed with these conditions in place.
Sunshine Coast mayor Mark Jamieson and AVID Property’s senior representatives, chief executive Cameron Holt and general manager Bruce Harper, will be at Wednesday’s launch.
Original article published at www.brisbanetimes.com.au by Tony Moore 17/8/16
Palmview’s largest masterplanned community releases land and park ahead of schedule
A SUNSHINE COAST developer has fast-tracked the latest land release to meet demand from locals and interstate sea-changers.
AVID Property Group general manager Queensland Bruce Harper said their development Harmony was the largest masterplanned community in Palmview, which is about 85km north of Brisbane.
He said they released the latest neighbourhood Unity, which brought 34 more blocks of land, ranging in size from 250sq m to 505sq m, to meet the demand.
“Residential property demand is surging in the region and as prices continue to rise, buyers are increasingly looking for affordable land options in desirable locations,” Mr Harper said.
“Over the past year, demand in the region has grown exponentially as more people look to build their own homes in well-known property ‘hot spots’.”
Along with the early land release, AVID Property Group opened the community space Grand Linear Park three months ahead of schedule.
Mr Harper said the park was five times the size of other standard parks on the Sunshine Coast.
“The Grand Linear Park will serve as a catalyst for wellbeing and connectivity for residents and tourists alike,” he said.
The first $3.1 million phase consists of 2ha of community space and features three separate play areas for locals to explore.
A set of six swings, two table tennis tables and a 30.2m multi-play structure with a slide, spider’s web, swinging ropes and stepping stones was available for children of all ages and abilities.
According to Queensland Government’s Queensland Regional Profiles — Sunshine Coast Local Government Area, April 2017, Sunshine Coast’s population is projected to grow from about 311,550 to 453,000 by 2036.
Once complete, Mr Harper said Harmony would account for more than 4800 homes for about 12,000 of those future residents.
“Our new neighbourhood will encourage residents to stay active right on their doorstep with extensive walking and bike trails, a 5ha recreation park and a 1ha local park,” he said.
Sunshine Coast local Alyssa Jackson and her partner James Newcombe who recently moved up from Canberra, have just purchased a block of land in Harmony and hope to move into their new home in early 2019.
“It’s pretty competitive to purchase a block of land at Harmony; there were other buyers lining up for almost two hours before the Sales Centre even opened,” Ms Jackson said.
“Harmony’s location was what really encouraged us to purchase in the area — the proximity to the highway, University of the Sunshine Coast, hospital and the shops in the Maroochydore CBD make it a very convenient location to live.”
Ms Jackson said they wanted to enter the property market as soon as possible and decided to build a brand-new home so they could take advantage of the First Home Owners’ Grant.
“We wanted to get into the property market so that we could pay off a mortgage rather than continue to pay money renting,” she said.
Sunshine Coast Golf Course with Approval for 260 Lots Hits the Block
The 160-hectare Pelican Waters Golf Course site, which was acquired in 2004 by a Melbourne family that wishes to remain anonymous, has hit the market after receiving development approval for a new residential precinct in the area.
Approved by the Sunshine Coast Council in 2017, the “Lakes Edge” residential precinct is earmarked for 211 residential lots and three medium-density sites subdivided to create up to 259 lots over 20-hectares.
Designed to be delivered over four stages, with stage one approvals in place for 60 lots the development was subject to some controversy by local residents opposing the development.
The residential development was put forward by the owners of the site as a solution to lacklustre turnover at the golf course.
CBRE’s Brendan Robins and Rem Rafter are marketing the asset.
Robins said the property represented an outstanding opportunity to capitalise on the strong demand for quality land and housing in a sought-after area of the Sunshine Coast.
“Lakes Edge offers a diverse range of staged development options, including a large-scale retirement community, which take advantage of the area’s tranquil, picturesque and secure setting.”
Despite being named the top course on the Sunshine Coast by Golf Digest Magazine, documents submitted to council outlined concerns with the club’s profitability.
“Independent forecasts conclude that Pelican Waters Golf Club will not generate an acceptable level of commercial return for at least seven to 10 years,” the proposal said.
Located five minutes to Caloundra and 90 kilometres from Brisbane, population growth in the Pelican Waters area grew 24.5 per cent over the five years to 2016.
The property is being offered for sale via expressions of interest closing 8 August 2018.
Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Program Kicks Off
The first sod has today been turned on the construction of the new runway as part of the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project, the Sunshine Coast Council informs.
Sunshine Coast Mayor, Mark Jamieson, was joined by Federal Member for Fairfax, Ted O’Brien MP, State Member for Maroochydore, Fiona Simpson MP, and representatives of the John Holland Group and Sunshine Coast Airport Pty Ltd to mark the commencement of the construction program.
With work started, the new runway will be completed by Christmas 2020, the council said.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson (left), Federal Member for Fairfax Ted O’Brien (center) and John Holland Project Manager Berry Freshney
Mayor Jamieson said that the $303 million airport expansion was the Sunshine Coast Council’s single largest construction project and would deliver a wealth of benefits to the region.
“Having this greater capability will unlock more tourism opportunities, new international trade prospects and will provide the springboard our export businesses need to get their products and services to markets faster and more efficiently,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“The new longer, wider runway will enable direct access to new markets in Asia, the Pacific and other locations in Australia which cannot currently be serviced with direct flights to and from the Sunshine Coast.
“The Airport Expansion Project is also forecast to contribute $4.1 billion to the Sunshine Coast economy through to 2040 and revolutionize access to and from one of Australia’s fastest growing regions.”
From mid-year, a vessel from contractors Dredging International will dredge one million cubic meters of sand from the Spitfire Realignment Channel in Moreton Bay.
After making its way north, the sand will then be pumped from the vessel moored off Marcoola, onto the project site via a pipeline that will run underneath David Low Way.
Ahead of the start of dredging, the project team’s focus has been on protecting the land and sea environment, and ensuring community safety during the dredging works.
According to the council’s announcement, the project team will be speaking directly with local residents and stakeholders in the coming weeks to keep them informed of the timeline.
The Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project is being supported by loans from the Australian Government and the Queensland Treasury Corporation, which will be repaid from the proceeds that Council receives from its commercial partner, Palisade Investment Partners, in 2022.
Image source: sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
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