- Tuesday 02 February 2016
The latest construction value figures show that development is booming on the Sunshine Coast.
During the October to December 2015 quarter, the Sunshine Coast recorded its highest construction for a December quarter since 2011. These figures, combined with those of the previous quarter, registered an additional $114 million in construction value compared to the same six months of the previous year.
A total of $336 million of building approvals were received and $234 million of new dwellings and new units were approved during the October to December 2015 quarter.
Two major projects with reported construction values of at least $20 million included an aged care facility in Birtinya, with a construction value of $22 million, and 22 units in Mooloolaba, with a construction value of $20 million.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said the continuing growth across the region was encouraging.
“Recording a 21% increase in building approvals, and a 34% increase in the construction value of new dwellings in the October to December 2015 quarter, is impressive in itself, but when you combine these results with those of the previous quarter and see the $114 million increase in construction activity, compared to the same period last year, the figures are very reassuring for the future of our region.
“The significant growth in development on the Sunshine Coast over the first six months of 2015/16 is encouraging as ongoing development attracts investment opportunities and generates employment.
“While work continues on the Kawana Health Precinct, the surrounding area has also experienced growth and several projects are now complete, including the 90-place child care centre, Best Western Hotel, the development of 33 detached lots and a precint park, and a 17 lot subdivision on Entrance Island.
“In Maroochydore, the city centre redevelopment, and activity in the surrounding areas, continues with development applications for more than 170 units and several retail premises approved in the October to December quarter, and additional applications for more than 220 dwellings were lodged.
“More accommodation is coming to Mooloolaba, where building approval was received for $30 million of development that will create a total of 89 units.
“Sippy Downs will be re-energised by the introduction of a $13 million Coles supermarket which will bring employment opportunities to the area, both in the construction and operation of the retail premises.
“Significant building approvals were also received in hinterland communities, giving the green light to a $5.6 million short-term accommodation facility and restaurant in Montville, and a nature-based tourism facility and 48 townhouses in Beerwah.
“The number of lots being reconfigured has also increased in the October to December quarter, with the approval of the reconfiguration of 276 lots, and 77 applications for lot reconfiguration received.”
Significant Development Applications in October - December 2015 include:
Material Change of Use
- MCU15/0126 - 143 units, health care services, food and drink, shops and offices - 51-55 The Esplanade and 96-98 Memorial Avenue, Maroochydore
- MCU15/0125 - 32 multiple dwelling units - 57-59 Kingsford Smith Parade, Maroochydore
- MCU14/0177 - detached houses (47) on reconfigured lots - Ridges Peregian Springs 23-31 Ridgeview Drive, Peregian Springs
- MCU15/0045 - office and food and drink outlet -142-162 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs
- MCU15/0131 - showroom and food and drink outlet (minor extensions to existing uses) - Homemakers Centre 100 Maroochydore Road, Maroochydore
- MCU15/0236 - showroom - 66 Caloundra Road, Little Mountain
- MCU15/0085 - extension to shopping centre - 18 University Way, Sippy Downs
- MCU15/0111 - shopping centre and food and drink outlet - 138 and 140 Point Cartwright Drive, Buddina
- MCU15/0132 - multiple dwelling (48 Townhouses) - 95 Peachester Road, Beerwah
- MCU15/0135 - mixed use development - 55 and 59 Plaza Parade, Maroochydore
- MCU15/0189 - residential care facility (54 bed extension to existing residential aged care facility) - 17 Magenta Drive, Coolum Beach
- MCU15/0208 - call centre - 40 Innovation Parkway, Birtinya
- MCU15/0269 - 338 multiple dwelling units - 7, 11 and 13 Mari Street, Alexandra Headland
- MCU15/0273 - 121 multiple dwelling units - 65 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs
- MCU15/0214 - motel (115 Units), detached houses, residential care facility (158 units), shops, restaurants and caravan park - 943-951, 953-971, 973-1005 David Low Way, Marcoola
- MCU15/0226 - 83 multiple dwelling units and food and drink outlet - 98 and 100 Aerodrome Road and 112- 114 Parker Street, Maroochydore
- MCU15/0270 - integrated tourist facility including a function facility, restaurants and short term accommodation - 24 & 26 Box Street, Buderim
- MCU15/0247 - extensions to shopping complex (Kawana Shopping World) - 119 Point Cartwright Drive, Buddina
- MCU15/0249 - nature based tourism (8 cabins, 32 RV sites and 68 bush camp sites, reception and amenities) - Irwin Road, Beerwah
- MCU15/0311 - retirement community (276 independent homes and 120 bed aged care facility) - Caloundra Road and Westaway Road, Little Mountain
- MCU15/0305 - redevelopment for 8 storey mixed use development (143 dwelling units, food and drink/health care services/shops and offices) - 51-55 The Esplanade and 96-98 Memorial Avenue, Maroochydore
- MCU15/0296 - motel (36 accommodation units, managers residence and ancillary restaurant and function facility) - 213 Memorial Drive, Eerwah Vale
- MCU15/0303 - multiple dwellings (94 units) and shops, drainage, earthworks and landscaping - 1-5 Bermagui Crescent and 30-34 Lowanna Drive, Buddina
Reconfiguring of a Lot
- REC15/0072 - 97 lots at Parklakes 2 Estate Stages 3, 4 and 5 - 163-181 and 187 Camp Flat Road and Yandina-Bli Bli Road, Bli Bli
- REC15/0159 - 91 lots at Parklakes 2 Estate Stages 6, 7 and 8 – Yandina-Bli Bli Road, Bli Bli
- REC14/0148 - 49 lots at Ridges Peregian Springs at 23-31 Ridgeview Drive, Peregian Springs
- REC14/0147 - 39 lots at 23-31 Ridgeview Drive, Peregian Springs
- REC15/0229 - 23 lots at Musgrave Drive, Yandina Creek - Reconfiguring of Lot 900 SP191278
- REC15/0209 - 24 lots at 7 Paynter Park Drive, Woombye
- REC15/0244 - 30 lots at 40 & 40B Image Flat Road and 23 Bailey Street, Nambour
Building Private Certification (Building Approvals)
- PC15/5794 - $22 million aged persons home - Lot 902 Birtinya Boulevard, Birtinya
- PC15/5723 - $20 million 5 storey 22 units - 33 Buderim Avenue, Mooloolaba
- PC15/4515 - $13 million Coles Supermarket - 107 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs
- PC15/6403 - $10 million 13 storey 67 units - mixed use residential unit development - 25 First Avenue, Mooloolaba
- PC15/0577 - $6.8 million retirement village stage 1 - 42 Peregian Springs Drive, Peregian Springs
- PC15/6853 - $6.1 million 5 storey 20 units, amenities block and swimming pool - 50 Seaside Boulevard, Marcoola
- PC14/5006 - $5.6 million short term accommodation, 13 multiple dwelling units and restaurant - 94-96 Main Street, Montville
Quarterly Development Indicator reports up to 31 December 2015 are available on council’s website at www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.