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ALFRESCO DINING PRECINCT FOR NEW CBD

Thu May 12, 2016

The first stage of the new Maroochydore central business district will feature an alfresco dining precinct with restaurants and bars lining new city streets and a central waterway for city workers, residents and visitors to enjoy. 

The lead landscape architect and Maleny resident behind the design of the new city centre’s outdoor spaces, Mark Fuller, said while he was drawing inspiration from international cities, the CBD would retain a strong Sunshine Coast flavour. 

“We want the people of the Sunshine Coast to adopt the new CBD and make it their own,’’ said Mr Fuller, landscape architect and urban design principal at Tract Consultants. 

Construction began on the 53-hectare Maroochydore site in February, with Stage 1 incorporating the core commercial precinct, together with retail and residential development. 

When the project is completed, more than 40 per cent of the total, a former golf course, will comprise waterways and parks. 

“The new CBD will be built around an integrated waterway system, providing a relaxed atmosphere for waterfront dining and other recreational activities,” Mr Fuller said. 

“European cities provide a lot of inspiration and the best example of this is their interconnectedness. Every path leads somewhere – there are no dead-ends.” 

Mr Fuller was behind the design of Brisbane’s Southbank and Roma Street Parklands and has more than 30 years’ experience leading landscape architecture projects across Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, South East Asia and the Middle East. 

“When designing the urban heart of a city, it’s important to strike a balance between function, environment and culture,’’ Mr Fuller said. 

SunCentral Maroochydore Pty Ltd was established in early 2015 by the landowner, the Sunshine Coast Regional Council, to oversee design and development of the unique project. 

Chief Executive Officer, John Knaggs, said plans for the new city centre reflected a region coming of age. 

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

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

“This new city centre in the heart of the Sunshine Coast capital will ensure we are meeting the demands of the growing population, with thousands of new jobs, great community facilities and a range of additional entertainment options.” 

The new CBD has been forecast to create more than 30,000 permanent jobs in the region by 2040 and inject $5.9 billion into the Queensland economy over the project’s 20-year life. 

The development will include commercial buildings, retail stores, residential apartments, a premium hotel, civic facilities and a convention centre. 

Mr Knaggs said the new city centre would ultimately deliver more than $300 million in community assets for the people of the Sunshine Coast. 

“This is Australia’s only greenfield CBD development within an existing urban area,” Mr Knaggs said. 

“It is being designed and built from scratch to ensure it meets the needs of people both now and in the future.” 

Mr Fuller said he wanted to showcase the Sunshine Coast’s culture and lifestyle within a world-class CBD. 

“This will be an attractive place for people to work, live and visit, to sit and enjoy the sun in winter, to gather for events, enjoy walks, bike rides and a range of shopping, dining and entertainment experiences,’’ said Mr Fuller. 

SunCentral Maroochydore Fast Facts 

Background 

  • SunCentral Maroochydore Pty Ltd was established by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council in early 2015 to oversee design and development of the site 
  • The 53-hectare site was declared a Priority Development Area by the State Government in July 2013. 
  • The new city centre is needed to meet the demands of one of Australia’s fastest growing regions. 
  • The CBD site 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. 
  • Expected to provide an estimated $5.9 billion boost to the Queensland economy. 

Urban design 

  • Prime commercial office space, exclusive retail, entertainment, convention and exhibition facilities, a premium hotel and recreational spaces. 
  • More than 40 per cent of the 53-hectare 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 started 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 automated waste collection system. 
  • Environmentally sustainable building design. 

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