- Tuesday 10 June 2014
ONE of the most exciting chapters in Sunshine Coast’s history is set to begin, with Sunshine Coast Council preparing to start perimeter work to the Horton Park Golf Course site, which it resumed by agreement in 2012.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said development of the Maroochydore City Centre on the current golf course site was undoubtedly one of the most exciting developments for the region.
“Council fully appreciates the fact this is the only greenfield CBD development in Australia and investment in the future business centre will set it apart from other locations across Australia,” Cr Jamieson said.
“The Maroochydore City Centre will be instrumental in building and strengthening the region.
“This massive project, which will be delivered over the next 25 years, will provide a mix of residential, commercial, retail, civic and community uses to develop a thriving and vibrant business district and city centre, complementing and enhancing Maroochydore’s existing business offering.
“The master planning process has also identified entertainment and convention facilities, community facilities and meeting spaces, parklands, walkways, recreation areas and waterways and an enhanced public transport network.”
Cr Jamieson said the project would be the catalyst to support existing Maroochydore commercial investment and explore new business opportunities with a focus on diversifying the economy and realising the region’s potential.
“Maroochydore City will thrive and prosper if all components – the City Centre, Sunshine Plaza, Ocean St, Duporth Ave, Aerodrome Rd and others – are connected and all doing well,” he said.
“It will be instrumental in building and strengthening our region as we strive to make Sunshine Coast the most sustainable region in Australia.
“This project has the potential to create thousands of jobs to support the construction industry, and ultimately Maroochydore will be home to many new businesses.”
The council is calling for tenders to demolish older commercial buildings and prepare the land for infrastructure construction on the north-east corner of the golf course.
Regional Projects Portfolio Councillor Tim Dwyer said the council-acquired commercial properties, from the Dolphin Centre to the building formerly occupied by Bendigo Bank, would be demolished to make way for a new intersection extending First Ave across Aerodrome Rd.
“The majority of businesses have already relocated to new and improved premises elsewhere within Maroochydore and all buildings will be vacant by June 30,” Cr Dwyer said.
“The community will start to see action at the site within a few months, with demolition works expected to start in late July and be completed in August. Roadworks are set to start in 2015.
“Following demolition, residents and visitors will see the size of this project which will initially focus on operational works and the delivery of key infrastructure, such as site preparation and major services.
“A major transport access will ultimately be created through to the new Maroochydore City Centre to service all of the Maroochydore business area.”
Cr Dwyer said this first construction stage would be a major boost for investment confidence in the region.
“Council’s investment in the land will enable construction of much needed infrastructure to improve traffic issues and provide for future transport needs in Maroochydore and, over time, develop a civic, commercial, cultural and recreational core for the region.
“It will eventually establish Maroochydore as the leading business, employment and community services hub, which is what the region is seeking to achieve through its new economic development strategy.”
Council will embark on more detailed precinct planning and design of the first stage of development in readiness for the golf club to vacate the site in May 2015.