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Contractors compete for slice of SunCentral works

Mon Feb 29, 2016

The Sunshine Coast’s new CBD has moved another step closer with tenders being sought for the next phase of the multimillion dollar development.

Contractors are being asked to submit tenders to build new quality streets, parks, waterways and underground infrastructure for the first stage of the SunCentral Maroochydore project.

The nine-hectare stage 1A site will eventually include the development’s core commercial precinct, as well as residential apartments, retail space, a new waterway and parkland.

SunCentral Maroochydore’s Chief Executive Officer, John Knaggs, said the development, which will create more than 30,000 jobs over the next 25 years, was reaching an important stage.

“When we finalise this tender process, we will be awarding a significant contract for critical works that will lay the foundations for the new CBD,” Mr Knaggs said.

“Sunshine Coast locals and businesses will soon be able to see their region’s new, expanded city centre taking shape.

“They will see a vibrant city heart begin to emerge with open public space, waterways and world-class facilities.”

SunCentral Maroochydore is being developed on the former Horton Park Golf Course and will include a premium hotel and an exhibition, convention and entertainment centre in future stages.

The project will provide an estimated $4.4 billion boost to the local economy and the benefits are already beginning to flow through to Sunshine Coast businesses.

Earlier this month, local firm Shadforths Civil Contractors was awarded the bulk earthworks contract for stage 1A and those works are already underway.

Work officially commenced with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson turning the first sod on 11 February 2016.

Businesses interested in submitting a tender for the stage 1A civil, engineering and construction works contract should visit the ICN gateway at gateway.icn.org.au.

SunCentral Maroochydore Fast Facts

Background

  • SunCentral Maroochydore Pty Ltd was established by the Sunshine Coast Council in early 2015.
  • The 53-hectare site was declared a Priority Development Area by the State Government in July 2013.
  • The Council established SunCentral Maroochydore Pty Ltd to oversee development of the site.
  • The new city centre is needed to meet the demands of Australia’s fastest growing region.
  • It is located 10 minutes from Sunshine Coast Airport

Economic and employment benefits

  • Creating 5,000 jobs by 2020, 15,000 jobs by 2025 and more than 30,000 jobs by 2040.
  • Expected to value add more than $350 million to the state’s economy in the next five years.
  • Will provide an estimated $4.4 billion boost to the Sunshine Coast economy over the life of the project.
  • Project expected to provide an estimated $5.9 billion boost to the Queensland economy

Urban design

  • Prime commercial office space, exclusive retail, an entertainment and convention centre, a premium hotel and recreational spaces
  • More than 40 per cent of the site will be parks and waterways.
  • A rail corridor into Maroochydore is already designated by the State Government.
  • Potential for light rail to connect Caloundra, Kawana and Mooloolaba with Maroochydore’s new CBD.
  • 150,000m2 commercial gross floor area, 65,000m2 retail gross floor area and 2000 residential apartments.
  • Preliminary construction on Stage 1 commenced in February 2016

Technology and environmental sustainability

  • High speed fibre optic digital connections.
  • A range of ‘smart city’ innovations such as smart lighting and signage and technology that assists parking, traffic management and provides real time information for public transport.
  • Plans for Australia’s first underground pneumatic waste collection system.
  • Environmentally sustainable building design

SunCentral project hits Australian Infrastructure Plan mark

Thu Feb 18, 2016

The Sunshine Coast’s SunCentral Maroochydore project is precisely what is needed to capitalise on the opportunities delivered by population growth, according to the new Australian Infrastructure Plan released yesterday.

Infrastructure Australia’s 15-year blueprint contains a number of bold initiatives to improve living standards and productivity, prioritising 93 projects which it says would boost economic activity by $39 billion by 2040.

SunCentral Maroochydore Chief Executive Officer John Knaggs said the Sunshine Coast featured prominently in the plan for good reason.

“The national population just ticked over the 24 million mark and by 2040, well over half a million people will call the Sunshine Coast home,” Mr Knaggs said.

“We are already the second highest performing regional economy in Queensland and the fifth highest nationally, so it’s no surprise we will be seen as part of the solution.”

Construction officially began last week on a new central business district for the Sunshine Coast, which is forecast to create more than 30,000 permanent jobs in the region by 2040 and provide a $5.9 billion boost to the Queensland economy over the project’s 20-year life.

According to the new Infrastructure Plan: “The opportunity exists to ease the pressure on our larger cities by growing the populations of smaller ones.  Delivering these solutions will require us to reform how we plan and govern our cities.”

Recommendation 2.4 in the Plan says “all governments should ensure that processes are in place to deliver high-quality, well-designed, higher-density development, connected to infrastructure and public amenities”.

Mr Knaggs said the decision taken by the Sunshine Coast Council in March 2015 to establish SunCentral Maroochydore to oversee development of the expanded city centre was a copybook example of how smaller cities should rise to the population challenge.

“The audit conducted by Infrastructure Australia found steps should be taken to foster long-term growth in Australia’s smaller cities, increasing their vitality while moderating the infrastructure challenges facing the larger cities,” Mr Knaggs said.

“The SunCentral Maroochydore project is being designed with all of this in mind.  We are increasing density in an urban area to put employees and businesses in closer proximity with each other and to existing transport links, services and amenities.

“This project will prevent urban sprawl on the Sunshine Coast and would deliver a viable commercial hub, public recreational facilities and an interconnected city.

“Urban sprawl has been a challenge on the Sunshine Coast for decades and SunCentral Maroochydore is about consolidating future development and delivering an outstanding city centre.

“We are concentrating on densification in existing urban boundaries which has the potential to deliver a wide range of benefits for the ongoing health of the Sunshine Coast’s natural environment.”

The 53-hectare site on the former Horton Park Golf Club will be transformed over the next two decades to include commercial buildings, destination retail outlets, a premium hotel, civic facilities and an exhibition, convention and entertainment centre, with 40 per cent of the new city centre site dedicated to waterways and parkland.

“This is Australia’s only greenfield CBD within an existing urban area, which provides us with the opportunity to build from scratch, a city centre that is able to meet the needs of people both now and in the future,” Mr Knaggs said.

“Importantly, given its significance to the Sunshine Coast, this is a project owned by the community. Independent expert analysis suggests our new city centre will grow our local economy by $4.4 billion over the life of the project.”

Infrastructure Australia also suggested that for smaller cities, governments needed to facilitate community and business-led development and provide transformative infrastructure.

“The State Government has already designated a rail corridor into the heart of Maroochydore which would improve transport to the city, and light rail proposals by Council will service the city centre in future years,” Mr Knaggs said.

New Sunshine Coast CBD to deliver major jobs boost

Thu Feb 11, 2016

Construction officially began today on a new central business district for the Sunshine Coast, which is forecast to create more than 30,000 permanent jobs in the region by 2040 and provide a $5.9 billion boost to the Queensland economy over the project’s 20-year life.

Premier Annastacia Palaczszuk turned the first sod on the prime 53-hectare SunCentral Maroochydore development site, which promises to showcase excellence in urban design, technology and innovation, including some Australian firsts, such as automatic waste collection.

SunCentral Maroochydore’s Chief Executive Officer John Knaggs said the unique development represented a coming of age for the region. 

“The Sunshine Coast is already the second highest performing regional economy in Queensland and the fifth highest nationally,” Mr Knaggs said. 

“With the $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital due for completion at the end of this year along with the planned expansion of the Sunshine Coast Airport, the new city centre at Maroochydore will ensure we are rising to the challenge of growth, with a clear focus on jobs. 

“The Sunshine Coast population has risen from 65,000 to 335,800 in the past 40 years and by 2040, well over half a million people are likely to call the region home.”

The Council-owned land would deliver more than $300 million in public space and infrastructure to the people of the Sunshine Coast.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said the site on the former Horton Park Golf Club would be transformed over the next two decades to include commercial buildings, destination retail outlets, a premium hotel, civic facilities and an exhibition, convention and entertainment centre, with 40 per cent of the new city centre site dedicated to waterways and parkland.

“This is Australia’s only greenfield CBD within an existing urban area, which provides us with the opportunity to build from scratch, a city centre that is able to meet the needs of people both now and in the future,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Applying our smart city framework – which includes digital solutions for the management of street lighting, car parking, water, power and signage that is detected by smartphones and other technologies, and where rubbish bins are emptied via automated underground tubes means SunCentral Maroochydore will become a nation-leading destination for innovative businesses.

“Importantly, given its significance to the Sunshine Coast, this is a project owned by the community. Independent expert analysis suggests our new city centre will grow our local economy by $4.4 billion over the life of the project.”

SunCentral Maroochydore’s CEO said the project was vital to preventing urban sprawl on the Sunshine Coast and would deliver a viable commercial hub, public recreational facilities and an interconnected city.

“Urban sprawl has been a challenge on the Sunshine Coast for decades and SunCentral Maroochydore is about consolidating future development and delivering an outstanding city centre,’’ Mr Knaggs said.

“The State Government has already designated a rail corridor into the heart of Maroochydore which would improve transport to the city, and light rail proposals by Council will service the city centre in future years.

“There will also be a focus on active transport in the new city – walking and cycling – and public transport, rather than private vehicles.”

One of the first local businesses to benefit from the project is Shadforth Civil Contractors, who was last week awarded the seven figure tender for the first phase of bulk earthworks on the northern end of the site.

“We are no doubt the first of many local business people to feel the uplift SunCentral Maroochydore will bring to the region,” Director Ray Shadforth said.