Cr OPray - Good news for development and tourism
  • Friday 26 September 2014

Development continues upward trend

In what is great news for our region, development activity on the Sunshine Coast continues last financial year’s upward trend with August figures showing a 200% increase on the number of lots approved in July. This shows there is growing confidence in the region’s future.

August also marked the highest number building and plumbing searches and planning certificates for 2014. These are a good gauge of economic activity as they are an indication of property transfers and inquiries associated with plumbing and building work and property sales activity. Council’s incentive schemes and efficiencies in the new planning scheme support this upward trend – it’s now easier to do business with council.

Last financial year the value of building construction on the Sunshine Coast was $1.113 billion and that excluded the public and private hospitals on the Kawana Health Campus. This is the highest value for the past five years, which is a significant boost for the region and the economy.

Tapping into Australia’s fastest-growing tourist market

Australia’s fastest-growing tourism market is short-term accommodation for self-contained vehicles – that’s caravans, motorhomes and the like – and soon, it will be easier for these travellers to pull up on the Sunshine Coast.

Council recently agreed to implement an interim policy to help meet the demand of these visitors, who don’t always need all the facilities found at holiday parks such as kiosks and laundries. The policy will help council assess and approve limited-facilities camping applications without having to satisfy the requirements ordinarily applied to accommodation parks.

First appeared in Coolulm North Shore News on September 26