WE are passionate about the community we call home. We live and work within this vibrant hub and want nothing more than to see our local Maroochydore area succeed. Recent development has seen our backyard come alive, offering a bright future, good infrastructure and continuing growth in property value.
With shovel in hand, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, recently joined Sunshine Coast Mayor, Mark Jamieson, in turning the first sod of our new Maroochydore CBD. The much-anticipated Maroochydore development stretches over 53 hectares of land behind Maud Street, extending over behind the Homemaker Centre on Maroochy Boulevard through to Dalton Drive.
The Sunshine Coast Council has formed SunCentral Maroochydore, to oversee the continuing design and delivery of this mammoth project. They predict the hub will be created over the next 20 years and will include homes and offices, retail stores and community facilities. The area is set to include a hotel, dining and entertainment precincts, premium offices, parklands and waterways, a convention and exhibition centre, and what the planners have labelled a ‘CBD-style retail space’.
SunCentral’s aim is to create a vibrant and eco friendly city heart with efficient public transport, pedestrian and cycle networks, a new road network and technological infrastructure. The vision for the project also includes a possible future light rail network, with early plans to run between Maroochydore and Caloundra.
SunCentral have estimated a $4.4 billion dollar boost to the local economy, with over 30,000 jobs to be created over the next 25 years. In February, local company Shadforths was awarded the contract for bulk earthworks of the site and contractors are encouraged to submit tenders to build streets, parks, waterways and other infrastructure.
To find out more about the development visit suncentralmaroochydore.com.au. For more on the planning scheme for the site, head to the council’s website at sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au and click on ‘Council’ > ‘Planning and Projects’ > ‘Major Regional Projects’ where an outline for the Maroochydore City Centre can be found.
One thing is for certain, the continuing development of our region is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a sophisticated and vibrant destination. It is a privilege to watch as the only greenfield CBD in Australia within an existing urban area unfolds, for current and future generations to enjoy.