The 19 Sunshine Coast projects set to define 2019

MAJOR projects reshaping the Sunshine Coast are finally within reach after months, and in some cases years, in the making.

Locals and visitors can look forward to a suite of new infrastructure, attractions, retail and entertainment.

Below is a list of the 19 projects set to define 2019.

1. Maroochydore CBD

 

The Maroochydore CBD will start taking shape above ground throughout 2019 after plenty of underground infrastructure works this year.
The Maroochydore CBD will start taking shape above ground throughout 2019 after plenty of underground infrastructure works this year.

MAROOCHYDORE'S new city centre will see plenty more above-ground growth in 2019, following a strong focus on underground infrastructure this year. 

Next year, construction will begin on the first buildings, including an eight-storey commercial office block by development firm Evans Long, as well as more than 150 residential apartments and "small office home office" townhomes by Habitat Development Group.

The staged 20-year project will feature commercial, retail, residential and cultural precincts with 40 per cent of the 53ha site to be parks and waterways.

A sub-sea international broadband cable is expected to be installed by 2020.

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2. Novotel Twin Waters Convention Centre

 

An $8 million purpose-built convention centre for the Sunshine Coast is coming to the Novotel Twin Waters Resort before Easter, 2019.
An $8 million purpose-built convention centre for the Sunshine Coast is coming to the Novotel Twin Waters Resort before Easter, 2019.

MELBOURNE-based Shakespeare Property Group have committed to build an $8 million, 3400-seat convention centre at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort.

The 1600sq m convention centre will open in April and offer four different meeting and event spaces, and cater for 2000 delegates theatre-style or 1000 banquet-style.

The Queensland Tourism Awards are already locked in to be hosted for the first time on the Sunshine Coast at the venue in December next year.

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3. Airport expansion

 

Upgrades on the Sunshine Coast Airport are tracking on schedule with more milestones to come throughout 2019.
Upgrades on the Sunshine Coast Airport are tracking on schedule with more milestones to come throughout 2019. John McCutcheon

FREQUENT international flights draw closer for the Sunshine Coast Airport as pavement placement works for a new runway are scheduled throughout 2019.

This follows sand-dredging for the foundation which finished ahead of schedule this year.

The $347 million upgrade is on track to be fully operational by late-2020 and deliver more employment opportunities, enhanced connections between the Sunshine Coast business and global economy, and contribute $4.1 billion to Gross Regional Product between 2020 and 2040.

The airport is expected to generate 1538 direct and 693 indirect full-time jobs by 2040.

4. North Buderim Shopping Centre

 

Artist's impressions of the Coles shopping centre at Jones Rd, Buderim.
Artist's impressions of the Coles shopping centre at Jones Rd, Buderim. Contributed

CONSTRUCTION began early this year on the North Buderim Shopping Centre, anchored by Coles.

An opening date has not been released, but once operational the centre will house a full-line supermarket, Liquorland and a further eight speciality tenancies plus 259 car parks.

The 4753sq m Coles is located on a 19,620sq m site located at 141 Jones Rd, North Buderim.

5. Sippy Downs takeaway and petrol

 

Development of KFC and McDonald's next to Sippy Downs police station.
Development of KFC and McDonald's next to Sippy Downs police station. Patrick Woods

A KFC, McDonald's, Subway and Stellarossa, plus 24-hour Caltex will soon open on Sippy Downs Drive and is expected to create about 250 jobs.

The $10 million build would service the growing area, and fill the motorway fuel and fast-food void between Noosa and Moby Vics in the Glass House Mountains area.

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6. Aura Business Centre

 

Earthworks on the Aura Business Park have begun.
Earthworks on the Aura Business Park have begun.

A BUSINESS park in the heart of Aura is under construction and tipped to create more than 3000 new jobs according to its developer Stockland.

Stockland has not confirmed the completion date, but said it is one of two business parks expected to position the master-planned community as a major employment hub for the Sunshine Coast.

The business park will accommodate a range of uses, including light industry and manufacturing, bulky goods and showrooms, commercial office space, storage and warehousing, research and development, and indoor sports and recreation.

7. New schools

 

Good Samaritan Catholic College principal Greg Myers with students ahead of hte Bli Bli school's opening next year.
Good Samaritan Catholic College principal Greg Myers with students ahead of hte Bli Bli school's opening next year. Contributed

A NUMBER of new educational facilities are opening across the Sunshine Coast, including the Good Samaritan Catholic College in Bli Bli.

A proposed development in Aura includes two more state schools in the Caloundra South area.

The State Government has committed $35 million over the next five years for a new primary school in Palmview and $60 million for a secondary school in Caloundra.

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8. Nambour Hospital upgrades

 

Artist's renders of a redeveloped Nambour Hospital.
Artist's renders of a redeveloped Nambour Hospital. Amber Hooker

CONSTRUCTION will begin early next year on the $86 million Nambour Hospital redevelopment, with mental health services upgrades the first in the staged overhaul.

The upgraded hospital is due to be fully operational by late-2022.

It will feature expanded services including an extra 44 mental health inpatient beds, low-acuity surgery services, high-quality increased-capacity emergency care, and upgraded rehabilitation, medical treatment, cancer care and day-unit therapies.

Same-day medical rehabilitation will be increased, medical and surgical wards will be upgraded, new medical-imaging equipment introduced, and an acute and restorative care unit will be created.

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9. Treetops at Big Pineapple

 

The TreeTop Challenge already runs high ropes and zipline courses in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast, and will open this summer at the Big Pineapple in Nambour.
The TreeTop Challenge already runs high ropes and zipline courses in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast, and will open this summer at the Big Pineapple in Nambour. Contributed

TOURISM will reach new heights this summer with the Treetop Challenge set to open at the Big Pineapple.

About 120 activities will be on offer across the 2km course, plus a variety of challenges including a 120m zipline.

An opening date has not been announced but it is set for late 2018, early 2019.

10. Kawana Sports Hub

 

The construction of the Sports Hub at Kawana is well underway. Former Wallaby player Glenn Panoho (right) and Australian junior rugby union player Harry Vella outside the centre.
The construction of the Sports Hub at Kawana is well underway. Former Wallaby player Glenn Panoho (right) and Australian junior rugby union player Harry Vella outside the centre. Warren Lynam

THE $27 million high-performance sports hub project in Bokarina just metres from Sunshine Coast Stadium and Lake Kawana is now months from opening.

Stage one, made up of the high performance gym and sports services and the second-stage, a three-star hotel with 84 rooms of low-cost accommodation and more than 330 carparks, opens in April next year.

The "high performance" aspect will feature the gym, sports physiotherapy, osteo experts, martial arts spaces and a hyperbaric chamber.

The third stage, a licensed club, is still some time away, but is seen as a crucial element to the facility.

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11. Nambour Trams

 

Nambour Tram Group Rhonda Billett-Haire and Steve Barizer have applied to recieve some retired trams from Victoria.
Nambour Tram Group Rhonda Billett-Haire and Steve Barizer have applied to recieve some retired trams from Victoria. Patrick Woods

TWO retired Melbourne trams have been secured to house a ticket booth and separate picnic area as the push continues to restore the heritage-listed tram-line through Nambour.

Nambour Tram Co's application stood out from 1500 applications Australia-wide to receive two of the 134 locomotives.

Regular community events are garnering support and funds for the project which has council backing and financial Federal Government support.

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12. Sunshine Plaza redevelopment:

 

Syenna Rogerson looks at the Sass & Bide display in the newly-redeveloped Myer store in the Sunshine Plaza, which will be complete next year.
Syenna Rogerson looks at the Sass & Bide display in the newly-redeveloped Myer store in the Sunshine Plaza, which will be complete next year. Warren Lynam

THE Sunshine Plaza, Maroochydore is set to become Queensland's largest shopping centre north of Brisbane, with the final retail stage due to open before Easter.

This includes the region's first David Jones, as well as Big W, about 60 specialty stores and new alfresco dining along Cornmeal Promenade.

Subject to development approval, it is anticipated the High Ropes course will also be delivered before Easter 2019.

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13. Oceanside

 

A number of milestones are within reach at Stockland's Oceanside development in Birtinya. Pictured are recent aerial photographs showing housing site and lake development in the Bokarina Beach residential area.
A number of milestones are within reach at Stockland's Oceanside development in Birtinya. Pictured are recent aerial photographs showing housing site and lake development in the Bokarina Beach residential area. Stockland

THE public will get a first taste of the $5 billion Oceanside development in the Kawana area from early next year with construction to start on the first Bokarina Beach homes, and access open to the extended Lake Kawana.

The Stockland development is one of the largest infrastructure projects undertaken on the Sunshine Coast and is set to create 12,000 ongoing jobs and contribute $828 million annually to the local economy.

The development will swallow up the last of the vacant land along the now very developed Nicklin Way stretch from Caloundra to Mooloolaba.

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14. Kawana Health Hub and Medical School

 

Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace and Member for Fairfax Ted O'Brien announce the government will support 15 additional medical places for the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, delivering a long-awaited medical school due to open next year.
Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace and Member for Fairfax Ted O'Brien announce the government will support 15 additional medical places for the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, delivering a long-awaited medical school due to open next year. Warren Lynam

THE first intake of medical school students are expected to begin their education early next year at a new facility based in the $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

Griffith University will operate the 50-place medical school with a large contingent expected to be Coast students.

It forms part of the soon-to-be medical hub in an integrated network of accessible healthcare facilities in the Birtinya area.

15. Bli Bli Village Centre

 

Bli Bli Village developer Michael White likes what he sees as the development tracks for completion late 2019.
Bli Bli Village developer Michael White likes what he sees as the development tracks for completion late 2019. John McCutcheon

BLI BLI is fast becoming a self-sufficient community as the $25 million Village Town Centre takes shape.

A number of medical services, beauty businesses and retailers are already operating with the second stage due to be complete this year.

The final stage is expected to be complete by December next year, and includes a tavern run by Sunshine Coast Hotels Group.

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16. Bli Bli Golf Course

 

Maroochy River Golf Club General Manager Charlie McGill is looking forward to the construction of miniature golf on the site to attract more visitors and members to the club.
Maroochy River Golf Club General Manager Charlie McGill is looking forward to the construction of miniature golf on the site to attract more visitors and members to the club. Warren Lynam

THE Maroochy River Golf Club is set to expand its facility to include an 18-hold miniature golf course, estimated to cost about $1.5 million.

A nine-hold pitch and putt course, and a par three nine-hole course are also on the cards with a longer-term vision to see a 20-30 unit golfer accommodation complex constructed.

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17. Kawana Shoppingworld

 

New cinemas at Kawana Shoppingworld are now open. Justiss Adams, 19, Beerwah and Tayla Dangerfield, 20, Buderim.
New cinemas at Kawana Shoppingworld are now open. Justiss Adams, 19, Beerwah and Tayla Dangerfield, 20, Buderim. John McCutcheon

SHOPPERS can enjoy a suite of new retail options and a Gold Class Cinema, which has already opened at the Kawana Shopping World.

The last of the works were due to be complete before Christmas, so with the cranes and construction out of the way visitors can enjoy the large new centre along the Nicklin Way.

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18. Housing developments

 

DRONE: Aerial photos of the new housing development at Aura, Sunshine Coast.
DRONE: Aerial photos of the new housing development at Aura, Sunshine Coast. Patrick Woods

NEW residential housing will continue to rise throughout the Sunshine Coast in 2019 with major developers continuing a push to house thousands of new residents in coming decades.

Expect plenty of movement in the master-planned Aura community, which will feature more than 20,000 new homes over the next 30 years.

The Avid Group will continue work on the Harmony estate, a 378ha site which will cater for 5000 homes and 12,000 residents with construction expected to exceed $4 billion.

19. Water park

 

Earthworks are tipped to begin on the Actventure water park on Steve Irwin Way at Glenview.
Earthworks are tipped to begin on the Actventure water park on Steve Irwin Way at Glenview. Contributed

AFTER years of waiting it appears a $400 million water park may have reached a tipping point with earthworks expected to begin in 2019.

Actventure will be built over 14ha by Steve Irwin Way in Glenview and developers anticipate it would rival the Gold Coast's Wet 'n' Wild with one million annual visitors forecast.

The development includes a wave machine, a four-star hotel, pools, slides, kayaking and paddleboarding, plus a large sports field for major sports events.



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