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Two new mega-suburbs on Sunshine Coast in 12 months as population swells



A new master-planned $3 billion community for 12,000 to 15,000 Sunshine Coast residents was launched on Wednesday as the next step in coping with south-east Queensland’s population growth.

Harmony will create 9000 jobs, both full-time and shorter-term contract jobs during its construction and afterwards as the centre is established.

“It’s not every day that a $3 billion project commences in the region,” Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said.

Artist's impression of Sunshine Coast's new residential estate.

Artist’s impression of Sunshine Coast’s new residential estate. Photo: Supplied

“One that will provide homes to more than 12,000 of the total of 17,000 people who will live in the overall master-planned community at Palmview.

“The Coast will benefit hugely from the 9000-plus jobs that will come online as a result.”

It is the second-largest new master-planned residential estate for the Sunshine Coast in 12 months meaning homes for an extra 62,000 to 65,000 residents on the Sunshine Coast in a collective $8 billion investment by two property developers.

The former Caloundra South project – now Stockland’s $5 billion Aura development – was started in October 2015.

Aura, on Caloundra’s southern shoulder, is hoped to eventually be home to 50,000 residents – the size of Gladstone.

It follows comments by respected social geographer Bob Stimson in 2015 that “12 Springfields” were needed to cope with south-east Queensland’s population growth, which will add 2.2 million people over the next 25 years.

Springfield is a master-planned community south of Ipswich that was launched in 1992 and now has about 30,000 residents in five suburbs.

Wednesday’s announcement by property developers Avid Property Group and the Sunshine Coast Council that the Palmview development would begin after 10 years of talks means new homes for a further 12,000 to 15,000 people.

Another 5000 residents will live in a separate, private development next to Harmony.

The first onsite work will be building Peter Crosby Way into Harmony at Palmview, beside Sippy Downs, Cr Jamieson said on Wednesday.

Building Peter Crosby Way off Claymore Drive at Sippy Downs will take about 12 months.

Peter Crosby is the name of the Palmview farmer whose estate sold 212 hectares of land to allow two Palmview developments to proceed.

“Harmony’s main entry road – Peter Crosby Way – will not only service future Harmony residents and those in neighbouring communities, but also pays homage to the site’s Crosby family history,” he said.

The Queensland government has put in $5 million as a loan, Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said.

“The $5 million committed in loan funding from the state will accelerate the delivery of water and sewerage infrastructure to the development,” she said.

Sunshine Coast Council will put in $9 million towards the $18 million to build Peter Crosby Way and a bridge by extending Claymore Drive over Sippy Creek leading into the large new suburb.

What the Harmony development includes

  • 4800 to 5000 homes for 12,000 future residents;
  • 100 hectares of open space within the 385 hectare site;
  • the Sunshine Coast Environment Council questioned the impact on Eastern Grey kangaroos;
  • a future delivery of a 15,250 square metre “town centre”, with higher density living, with mixed retail and small business;
  • a department store in preliminary planning;
  • a future pool is considered.

Avid Property Group general manager Bruce Harper said the property developers aimed to have the development unfold over 15 to 20 years.

Mr Harper said Avid, previously Investa, had taken 10 years to plan the Harmony development and was “thrilled” the project was under way.

The display village for the site would begin in early 2017.

It also adds pressure on state and federal governments to keep pace with infrastructure needed on the Sunshine Coast – as much as the Gold Coast – as the population swells.

The pair of master-planned residential developments are the first two large residential communities in south-east Queensland since the announcement made by former premier Anna Bligh in 2010 of new mega-cities in Ripley and Yarrabilba and Greater Flagstone between Ipswich and Logan.

Before this, only Springfield – which now includes residents in Springfield, Springfield Lakes, Brookwater, Brookwater and Augustine Heights – had been planned for greenfield population growth.

Original article published at by Staff Writer 17/8/16

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Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Program Kicks Off



Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Program Kicks Off

Sunshine Coast Mayor, Mark Jamieson

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 MPState 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 Airport Expansion Program Kicks Off
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.

Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Program Kicks Off
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$100 million Coast resort wins council support



$100 million Coast resort wins council support

A DEVELOPER’S uphill battle to build a $100 million escarpment resort has plateaued with a major change in Sunshine Coast Council’s view on the proposal.

Council officers have recommended Heidi Meyer and her husband Kim Carroll’s application to build Badderam Eco Luxe Resort and Spa on their Buderim property be approved ahead of a councillors’ vote scheduled for next Thursday.

It comes after the council’s officers last year recommended the proposal be refused.

$100 million Coast resort wins council support
Badderam Eco Luxe Resort and Spa investment director Kim Carroll and creative director Heidi Meyer and are excited ahead of a council decision on their development application.Craig Warhurst

Mrs Meyer said she and her husband had spent about $8.5 million of their retirement fund on progressing their dream, having bought the Box St site in 2014.

“There is a lot of risk in that and there is a lot of personal passion in that for us,” Mrs Meyer said.

Their proposal , lodged three-and-a-half years ago, conflicted with the council’s planning laws, with the development clashing with the property’s rural zoning.

Concerns had previously been raised by the council on issues including landslip risks, vegetation clearing and building heights.

Proposal changes since then have included reducing the number of suites from 125 to 111.

The council officers’ recommendation for approval comes with conditions including the resort must have a five-star or higher luxury rating and a achieve a six-star Green Star rating from the Green Council of Australia.

$100 million Coast resort wins council support
PLANS: The proposed $100 million Badderam project.Contributed

The 158 conditions also included a lengthy list of geotechnical and landscaping requirements.

“We were 100 per cent certain of the geotech(nical aspects) before we set out and that has been proven now with two council reviews,” Mrs Meyer said.

She said being a 42-year-old female developer had been very challenging in a male-dominated Coast industry.

“There has not been a lot of support for the fact that I am a female leading this project and I have felt really prejudiced but I have also felt really excited to be able to be successful at this and actually share with other females who would like to be in development.

“I feel excited to set an example of how development can be done in our region when there are more females at the helm.”

Mrs Meyer said she was excited about next week’s vote.

She said the tourism dollars brought in by the development would benefit Buderim and the wider area.

“What Buderim gets is a huge asset and so does the region.”

She said the resort would target a high-end, international market of people like business executives.

“We are trying to create an exclusive nest which is inclusive of the community.”

She said the spa would be publicly available with off-peak rates and there would be opportunities for functions and events.

“We don’t want to pull business from the cafes in the village. We want to give business to the village.”

She said she would be sad if the proposal was voted down.

“Not for ourselves at all because we will keep living.

“We can sell our land holdings here, achieve good value for them and move on.

“We will still be okay but the Buderim community, will they be okay?”

Mrs Meyer said she loved Buderim and would possibly stay in the area.

She said her team would get work started on the expected four-year build as soon as possible if the proposal was approved.

Cr Ted Hungerford said he had three meetings planned with residents this weekend to discuss the proposal.

He said his vote would take into account the feedback he received.

“I will be conferring with them and getting their opinions,” Cr Hungerford said.


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FOR SALE: 86 new Coast waterfront apartments up for grabs



FOR SALE: 86 new Coast waterfront apartments up for grabs

With record sales achieved at North Shore, Salt, Waterline and Aquarius at Oceanside Kawana, highlighting the strength of the Sunshine Coast market and increasing attention from national and international investors, RGD Group is set to launch Southbank.

Two hundred and forty waterfront apartments adjacent to the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital, across four sites, have been sold by the RGD Group over the past 24 months.

Artist's impression of the new Southbank development at Birtinya.
Artist’s impression of the new Southbank development at Birtinya.Contributed

Their projects, with a combined value of $120 million, sold out prior to completion.

RGD Group managing director Ron Grabbe recognised the positive impact of the $2 billion 450-bed Sunshine University Hospital and the 200-bed Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital.

“On launching North Shore Oceanside Kawana in September 2015, we had great demand from astute investors and owner occupiers from around Australia and overseas who saw the growth potential and convenience of owning waterfront property adjacent to these world-class medical facilities,” Mr Grabbe said.

“Much-needed accommodation for thousands of hospital staff and visiting families is now a reality and our apartments are proving to be one of the healthiest investments available in Australia right now.”

Artist's impression of the new Southbank development at Birtinya.
Artist’s impression of the new Southbank development at Birtinya.Contributed

Southbank at Oceanside, adjacent to the Sunshine Coast University Hospitals, new town centre and Southbank Park, features one, two and three-bedroom apartments and sky homes.

The development represents RGD Group’s largest project in the Oceanside Health Hub to date and will be launched on March 6.

Mr Grabbe said all Southbank apartments faced the water and delivered a tranquil and relaxing home for those working in or visiting the hospitals, and owner occupiers who find comfort in living close to the world-class medical facilities.

“Southbank at Oceanside on the corner of Lake Kawana Boulevard and Mantra Esplanade, Birtinya will provide the opportunity for medical professionals and savvy investors who may have missed out on our previous projects to secure a waterfront apartment to cater for the thousands of hospital shift workers needing accommodation close to their work,” Mr Grabbe said.

Sales and marketing manager Gail Hunter said vacancy rates on the Sunshine Coast were tightening and the region was experiencing one of the fastest population growth rates in Australia.

“With significant infrastructure projects just completed or under way, Southbank at Oceanside is ideally positioned to realise great returns and lifestyle benefits for both investors and owner occupiers.

Artist's impression of the new Southbank development at Birtinya.
Artist’s impression of the new Southbank development at Birtinya.Contributed

“A large percentage of the tenants in our projects work in the hospitals.”

RGD Group design, sell, build and manage their projects, enabling investors and owner occupiers to purchase directly from the developer.

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