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Infrastructure & Development

The Sunshine Coast continues to experience a previously unseen period of infrastructure and development. Here are some key economic drivers that give us confidence in the future of the Sunshine Coast market.

Maroochydore CBD Development

The proposed Maroochydore CBD is set to occupy the current grounds of the Horton Park Golf Course in Central Maroochydore. The concept behind this overhaul is to create a vibrant mix of commercial, retail and multi residential precincts mixed with the iconic existing waterways and parklands. This will project a new metropolitan style of living for the heart of the Sunshine Coast.

Automated underground waste collection
The Maroochydore CBD will be the first in Australia that uses a CBD sized, underground waste collection system. Just one of the many Smart City initiative of the Maroochydore SunCentral project. There will no longer be the need for wheelie bins, instead waste will be collected and transported at 70km/hr in underground vacuum pipes that are approx. 6.5km long.

Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion

In answer to progressive populations growth, increasing regional tourism, business and community requirements, the Sunshine Coast Airport has been approved for an expansion and upgrade. The proposed expansion includes a new 2,430m runway, a new passenger terminal with further retail facilities and existing public transport expansion. This development will provide access to growing markets both domestically and internationally. Construction of the new runway started in March 2019 and is scheduled for completion in late 2020.

Kawana Health Precinct

This is one of the most exciting health and medical research districts in Australia. It incorporates the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Sunshine Coast Health Institute and Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital, and is projected to provide a $3.2b economic impact to the greater Sunshine Coast Region whilst generating more than 3000 jobs per annum during the development phase. It will be one of the largest infrastructure projects ever undertaken on the Sunshine Coast.

International Submarine Cable

Maroochydore will have Australia’s fastest telecommunications and data connection to Asia and the second fastest to the United States, via a new international submarine broadband cable, due to land at Maroochydore and be operating by 2020. The cable connection to the Sunshine Coast will generate an additional $700 million to the Sunshine Coast economy every year. There are currently five other Australian connections: one at Perth; four at Sydney. With future-proof capacity, the new cable will increase data transmission speed, reduce risk and lead to a reduction in international communication costs for business and consumers.

Proposed Passenger Rail

State Government and the Sunshine Coast Regional Council are together planning the largest ever expansion project for the public transport on the Sunshine Coast. $7.5 million has been contributed by the State Government which will be matched by Council. The project will look for solutions to ease congestion and support more job opportunities here on the Coast.

Proposed Light Rail

Plans are currently underway for a light rail between Caloundra, Kawana, Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland the the Maroochydore City Centre. At this stage, the aim would be to complete this project by 2025.