2015/16 set to be the busiest development year yet
  • Wednesday 04 May 2016
Cranes at Maroochydore

Figures for the third quarter of the 2015/2016 financial year show that development continues to grow on the Sunshine Coast, with construction values for the year set to reach the highest levels on record.

During the January to March 2016 quarter, $256 million of building approvals were issued, contributing to the $988 million total for the financial year to date. This represents a 14% increase compared to the same period in 2014/2015.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said the continuing growth of development statistics on the Coast was another indication of a promising future for the region.

“It is fantastic we are well on our way to 2015/2016 being our busiest yet, as development brings investment and employment opportunities to our region, benefiting our local economy and residents,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“This quarter’s 14% growth in building approvals is especially encouraging considering the January to March quarter is usually a development ‘slow time’  due to the close of the calendar year and peak holiday time.”

In the January-March 2016 quarter, $160 million of new dwellings were approved, $26 million of other buildings (such as commercial or manufacturing buildings), and $20 million of additions and alterations were approved.

“Significant building approvals were issued across the region during the first quarter of 2016, and include a $14 million aged care facility in Twin Waters, $6 million water treatment plant in Montville, $3.7 million industrial building in Bells Creek, $1.5 million development of 12 multiple dwelling units at Bli Bli, $1.4 million refurbishment of Caloundra Private Hospital, and a $1 million caving system and climbing wall at Currimundi,” Mayor Jamieson said.

He said it was essential to plan for development that would continue to support our economy, as well as accommodate future populations.

“With the population of the Sunshine Coast forecast to grow significantly in the coming years, it is vital we prepare responsibly for the future,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Council has recommended State Government approval of the Bokarina Beach Master Plan, subject to conditions.

“Once complete, the 30 hectare site will provide homes, services and facilities for thousands of residents and visitors.

“Bokarina Beach is set to feature 291 detached houses, 829 multiple dwelling units, commercial, retail and tourism space, parks and community facilities.

“Similarly the $20 million Bli Bli development approved in March will transform the town.

“As well as creating temporary construction opportunities, the Bli Bli development will provide retail and employment opportunities, as well as access to medical services.

“The number of lot reconfiguration applications received by council was lower this quarter than in the previous quarter. However, the number of lots created through the plan sealing process increased by 20%,” Mayor Jamieson said.

Quarterly Development Indicator reports up to March 31, 2016 are available on council’s website at www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

Development Applications can be viewed via PD Online and Open Data.

Significant Development Applications in January-March 2016 include:

Material Change of Use

Approved

• MCU15/0184 – 218 unit redevelopment of aged care, retirement village & childcare – 35 Doolan Street & 12-30 Carter Road, Nambour • MCU15/0186 – 145 bed aged care facility - Riveraine Avenue, Warana • MCU15/0173 – 9 storey 24 multiple dwelling units & shop - Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba • MCU15/0111 – Shopping centre, food & drink outlet - 138 and 140 Point Cartwright Drive, Buddina • MCU15/0196 – Shopping centre - 1-13 Sunrise Drive, Maroochydore • MCU15/0244 – Animal keeping (pet resort) - 100 Radbourne Road, Tanawha • MCU15/0168 – Shopping centre, office, health care services, indoor sport and recreation & hotel - 304, 306, 308-312 David Low Way & 2,4,6 Bli Bli Road, Bli Bli • MCU15/0202 – RSL parking station - 15 Mathew Street, Nambour

Lodged

• MCU16/0006 – 231 unit retirement facility - 183-185 Camp Flat Road, Bli Bli • MCU16/0017 – 108 bed residential care facility - 2-6 Amity Avenue, Maroochydore • MCU16/0059 – 31 multiple dwelling units - Hamilton Street, Meridan Plains • MCU16/0072 – 25 multiple dwelling units - Pelican Waters Boulevard, Pelican Waters • MCU16/0005 – 6 storey 29 multiple dwelling units, office, food & drink outlet - 97 Brisbane Road & 5 Bindaree Crescent, Mooloolaba • MCU16/0026 – Intensive hydroponics horticulture - Connection Road, Glenview • MCU16/0061 – Medium impact industry (transport depot) - 243-245 Quanda Road, Coolum Beach • MCU16/0066 – Extension to existing holiday park (46 additional sites) - 3-35 Cottonwood Street, Mudjimba • MCU16/0069 – Utility installation - Main Drive, Warana

Reconfiguring of a Lot

Approved

• REC15/0102 – 150 lots at Maroochy Boulevard, Maroochydore

Lodged

• REC16/0034 – 31 lots at 15 & 27 Corporate Place, Landsborough • REC16/0015 – 29 lots at 2595 Old Gympie Road & Old Gympie Road, Beerwah

Building Private Certification (Building Approvals) • PC15/6967 - $14 million aged care facility – 190 Ocean Drive, Twin Waters • PC15/5412 - $6 million water treatment plant – 25 McKillop Road, Montville • PC15/6947 - $3.7 million industrial building – 33-47 Fred Chaplin Circuit, Bells Creek • PC15/5017 - $1.5 million 12 multiple dwelling units – 47-55 Thomas Road, Bli Bli • PC15/6311 - $1.4 million internal refurbishment Caloundra Private Hospital – 96 Beerburrum Street, Battery Hill • PC16/1067 - $1 million caving system & climbing wall – 80 Currimundi Road, Currimundi