Mayor Jamieson - One step closer for Maroochydore City Centre
  • Tuesday 15 July 2014

It’s been a big week across the region, and you don’t get much bigger than the approval of the development scheme for the Maroochydore City Centre Priority Development Area.

Over the next 25 years this project will deliver a mix of residential, commercial, retail, civic and community uses to create a thriving and vibrant business district and city centre.

It will complement and enhance Maroochydore’s existing business offering.

Development of the Maroochydore City Centre on the current golf course site is undoubtedly one of the most exciting developments for the region.

The golf course land was resumed by Council in 2012 facilitating the start of detailed site planning.

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.

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.

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.

Those businesses already on the Sunshine Coast will be heartened to hear the latest development figures which have provided the encouraging results in three years.

 Over the past year we have seen more development applications and approvals – and more projects getting out of the ground.

The 1662 lots in 2013/14 was nearly double the number created in 2012/2013 (882) – this is significant for the region and the economy.

The development numbers from the June quarter have reinforced the upward trend we have seen for the past 12 months; more lots have been approved, development and plumbing applications are up, there’s an increase in lodgements for multiple dwelling units and retirement village units, and more multiple dwelling units have been approved.

This is a vote of confidence in the future of this region – and the timing couldn’t t be better

In my last column I spoke about drawing attention to some of the region’s quite achievers; and this week I have turned the spotlight on Riding for the Disabled.

Based at North Arm the Sunshine Coast centre is a not-for-profit organisations, run entirely by volunteers which helps hundreds of people through equine-based therapeutic and recreational riding and driving programs.

If you’d like to volunteer, make a donation or find out more go to

First published in the Sunshine Coast Daily on 15 July 2014