Confidence in the Coast economy as SCIP starts to fill
  • Saturday 02 July 2011

A Brisbane-based construction company, Dunemann Constructions, is relocating its head office to Sunshine Coast Industrial Park (SCIP).

Dunemann Constructions, which specialises in building fast food outlets, will join Sunbus, Energex and Tropic Asphalt as tenants at the Pierce Avenue, Caloundra, industrial estate..

Owner Trevor Dunemann, who lives at Buddina, said it was "common sense" to relocate the company's field staff and operate from the Coast, while maintaining a small presence in Brisbane.

"I was looking for bigger space," he said.

"I looked at Coolum and other sites but living in Buddina it's a straight run through for me - and 90% of my staff live north of Caboolture."

Mr Dunemann said his company has built and refurbished KFC outlets for 30 years, as well as similar contracts for Hungry Jack's and Sizzlers, among other projects for industrial buildings and office blocks.

Speaking from Townsville, the former Queensland rugby league representative was busy organising refurbishments for outlets in that city as well as Cairns and Mareeba.

He said his son will also expand his own complementary business within the new site's boundaries, and there will still be sufficient space to lease part of the site for an offset income.

Economic Development portfolio holder, Cr Lew Brennan, said as with most new industrial estates, filling them up was a five-to-six-year process.

"The current global financial crisis has not helped that process, either," he said.

"But this park, which sits well for businesses requiring easy access to Brisbane via the Bruce Highway, is now moving into full swing.

"I understand a handful of other applications are in progress, too."

CBRE's Glen Grimish, SCIP's commercial agent, said Mr Dunemann's 4393 sq m purchase was good news for the industrial park.

"All industrial estate sales across the nation have been in the doldrums due to the global financial crisis," he said.

"But contrary to some reports, land prices are actually cheaper here than many comparable estates in south-east Queensland.

"We know we’ve got a good product here."

Mr Grimish added that a further advantage with SCIP is that Council has increased the height limits for structures at SCIP from 11 metres to 15 metres.

The relocation of Dunemann Constructions to the Sunshine Coast is in line with Council’s drive to develop a more diversified local economy.

Cr Brennan said Council’s Natural Advantage strategy will in the medium-to-longer term see more and more intra- and interstate and international businesses relocating their headquarters to the Coast and into estates such as SCIP.

“We are actively talking to a variety of 21st century industries including the creative and digital sectors, environmental technologies and education services to show them the unique opportunities we offer.

"What better location could they find which offers accessibility and connectivity to major national and international markets as well as an unrivalled lifestyle?" he said.