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Creating a high-tech city centre for the future

Mon Jan 30, 2017

This year will see a dramatic transformation of Maroochydore’s new CBD site but much of the work will be occurring underground, not above it.

Civil construction works will commence on the first stage of the development next month, which will include installing the most technologically- advanced foundations of any city centre in Australia.

Because our 53-hectare site is essentially a
blank canvas, SunCentral can install innovative infrastructure that would simply be too expensive to retrofit in older, established CBDs.

A great example of this is our underground Automated Waste Collection System (AWCS), which will use vacuum power to transport waste from apartments, businesses and public areas through a 6.5km network of underground pipes.

This will ensure wheelie bins and garbage trucks won’t be seen or heard on the streets of the new CBD.

AWCS contractor Envac has now delivered the first shipment of pipes from South Korea and a specialist engineer will be on site to oversee the installation.

This task will begin when civil construction commences on the core commercial precinct of the CBD.

The civil works contractor will not just install the Envac system - the scope of works is extensive.

Conduits for three separate telecommunication systems will be installed for NBN Co, Telstra and the new CBD’s dedicated Smart City fibre optic network.

These will ensure the city centre has unrivalled connectivity without the disruption to roads and utilities often involved in installing broadband services.

This year will also see powerlines, water mains and stormwater drains installed, while on the surface the first roads and pavements will be laid down, a new park will be created and a stunning new east- west waterway will be built.

There’s a lot to do and we are excited by the challenges of 2017.

The great foundations we lay now will ensure our CBD becomes an exceptional place for Sunshine Coast residents, workers and visitors to enjoy for many years to come.

I look forward to keeping you up to date as we progress but, as always, please feel welcome to contact us on (07) 5452 7274 or email admin@ suncentralmaroochydore.com.au if you have any questions or would like more information about the Maroochydore City Centre project. 

The end of a busy, exciting year is fast approaching!

Tue Dec 20, 2016

Just 12 months ago the plan to build an entirely new Central Business District for the Sunshine Coast only existed on paper but, in the course of 2016, we have taken big steps towards making that plan a reality. 

The layout of the core CBD – where the new streets, buildings and a civic park will be built in the first stage of the new Maroochydore City Centre
– is now clearly visible, as you can see from the photo above.

Next year, with our principal engineering consultants Cardno, SunCentral will oversee civil construction on the first stage of the project. Roads, waterways and vital infrastructure will be built and we are assessing tenders for that work right now.

I am thrilled to see the foundations of the new city centre being laid and developments off-site have been just as exciting.

Mayor Mark Jamieson applauded the project’s progress in his State of the Region speech earlier this month and he has every right to be pleased. As the Mayor stated, confidence in the Sunshine Coast’s future is growing by the month.

The new CBD is certainly helping to drive the strong national and international interest in the region.

Since we began seeking Expressions of Interest in June, SunCentral has received many exciting responses from the private sector.

We are currently considering submissions proposing commercial and mixed use building projects with a construction cost of over $400 million and look forward to successful contract announcements next year.

Meanwhile, discussions are continuing with a number of other potential project partners and Australia’s business community is clearly backing the vision for the new Maroochydore CBD.

SunCentral is also in talks with the tertiary education sector, with the aim of securing teaching and student accommodation facilities in the first stage of the new Maroochydore City Centre.

Young people are our future and I want their energy and optimism to be at the heart of the new Maroochydore CBD.

2016 has been a terrific year for the project and you can watch a short video with some of the highlights at http://maroochydore- city.com.au/2016-year-review.

If you would like to find out more about the project, visit maroochydore-city.com.au. Alternatively, you are welcome to phone us on 07 5452 7274 or email admin@ suncentralmaroochydore.com.au. We would love to hear from you.

From the SunCentral team, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful, productive and prosperous New Year. Thank you for your support and have a great Summer break. 

Our CBD will be built on strong foundations

Mon Nov 28, 2016

Another major milestone for Maroochydore’s new Central Business District has been passed with the completion of bulk earthworks for Stage 1 of the project. 

 

More than 100,000 tonnes of earth has been moved since work began earlier this year – a job well done by Shadforths Civil Contractors.

Underground, around 330 metres of sewers have been laid and a high-voltage transmission line has been re-aligned.

The civil works for Stage 1 of the project will begin in the new year, including construction of new roads, parkland, a striking central waterway and other essential infrastructure. Outside the site, the works for two new intersections in Maud Street (with Dalby Street and Bungama Street) will start in December.

The CBD will become the beating commercial heart of the Sunshine Coast – creating more than 30,000 permanent new jobs by 2040 – so it’s essential its laid on solid physical foundations.

The CBD’s economic foundations are looking great too.

Infrastructure projects are taking off across the region and confidence in the future of the Sunshine Coast, and especially Maroochydore, is growing strongly.

Unemployment is at just 4.7 per cent (well below the state average) and both residential and commercial real estate agents are reporting healthy demand in Maroochydore.

The outlook for local business is very positive, especially when you consider the wave of young entrepreneurs the region is producing.

SunCentral will make the CBD a hub for innovation and start-ups and, to demonstrate its commitment, it sponsored this year’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year category at the Sunshine Coast Business Awards.

The winner, Daniel Proctor, has all the qualities SunCentral wants to foster on the Coast.

The 22-year-old trained for almost three years to become an aviation engineer but began to look at other careers when Qantas started reducing its workforce.

After many months of research, he decided to launch a new discount card aimed at students on the Sunshine Coast. Two years on, his Wow Card has 50,000 users across Queensland and offers great deals from 250 advertisers.

Not only that, Daniel has also set up his own printing arm and a creative agency to support many of the businesses he signed up. Wow indeed!

With innovative, ambitious and smart young people like Daniel on the Sunshine Coast, the future looks very bright.

I’ll provide a final update for 2016 before Christmas but, in the meantime, please feel welcome to contact us on (07) 5452 7274 or email admin@ suncentralmaroochydore.com.au if you have any questions or would like more information about the Maroochydore City Centre project. 

Got a question about the CBD? Our chatbot will have the answer!

Thu Oct 20, 2016

Maroochydore’s new CBD continues to generate interest on the Sunshine Coast and across Australia. 

Business leaders and locals are keen to discover more about SunCentral Maroochydore’s vision for Queensland’s newest CBD and now - thanks to another first for the city centre – they can do that by talking to a virtual tour guide conceived and designed here on the Sunshine Coast.

The new Maroochydore will be the first city in the world to have its own chatbot service on Facebook Messenger.

Chatbot programs use artificial intelligence to simulate human conversations and SunCentral’s version will assist people seeking more information about the new CBD.

The program has been developed by Xandra Labs, a Sunshine Coast enterprise set up by digital entrepreneurs Zach Johnson, Jess Thoms and Madeline Rawlings.

Zach, who will also be the CBD’s Entrepreneur-in- Residence, says the chatbot is based on the persona of a 20-something professional male and will provide Facebook users with all they need to know about the development.

It’s an incredible communication platform and an effective way for us to talk with anyone who is interested in becoming part of the new CBD – or just curious about what’s happening on-site.

Business and tech experts across the Coast are trialling the chatbot and it will be available to the public very soon – please log on for a chat when it does.

Meanwhile, bulk earthworks on the first stage of the 53-hectare site are continuing with 100,000 tonnes of earth moved and 18kms of electrical conduits laid to date.

The SunCentral team and contractors are preparing for civil works to install underground infrastructure and build great new streets, parks and a stunning new waterway.

The team has also been selling the exciting vision for the CBD to national and international business leaders since June, with Expressions of Interest for the first precincts now open.

It’s been quite a year for Maroochydore – The Bright City, but we have no intention of slowing down for summer and I’ll have more news about the project for you next month.

Please get in touch on (07) 5452 7274 or email admin@suncentralmaroochydore.com.au if you have any questions about the Maroochydore City Centre development. 

Maroochydore City Centre unveils an Australian first

Thu Sep 29, 2016

One of the great advantages of building the new Maroochydore City Centre on a greenfield site is that we are able to do things a little differently – and sometimes a lot differently. 

 

 

A case in the point is the installation of Australia’s first automated underground waste collection system, which was announced by Mayor Mark Jamieson earlier this month.

The concept had been considered for the new CBD for some time and I’m delighted that a contract has now been signed with the Swedish- based Envac company and I can now discuss the details with you all.

In the new city centre, the wheelie bin that most of us put out for collection each week will be obsolete and the amount of time garbage trucks spend collecting waste will be slashed.

Instead, refuse will be transported from commercial buildings and apartments at 70kmh through a 6.5km system of underground vacuum pipes located beneath the city centre.

Each building in the new CBD will include up to three waste inlets – for organic, recyclable and general waste. Waste dropped into each inlet will be stored in a sealed compartment below ground until the vacuum pump is activated at the central waste facility, usually twice each day.

The vacuum system will then consecutively collect each type of waste, transporting the waste through a system of tunnels to the central facility, where they will be stored for weekly collection by Sunshine Coast Council’s refuse contractor.

While the idea is simple, the cost of installing the pipe network into an existing CBD is prohibitively high – which is why no Australian city centre had adopted this technology before us.

Fortunately, because the expanded Maroochydore CBD is being built virtually from scratch, the costs are lower and the business case clearly adds up.

It’s a great first for the Sunshine Coast and the city centre.

The waste system is by no means the only way in which Maroochydore CBD is breaking new ground and I will keep you informed as this exciting project continues.

If you have any questions or queries in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on (07) 5452 7274 or email admin@suncentralmaroochydore.com.au

The buzz is building as CBD takes shape

Thu Sep 01, 2016

The outline of the Sunshine Coast’s future CBD is now clearly taking shape with bulk earthworks on the first stage of the project nearing completion. 

It’s exciting to see the plan for the new Maroochydore City Centre begin to become a reality as preliminary construction of a striking new waterway continues and the foundation for new roads emerges on the site. 

But they are not the only things building around the project – the buzz is building too. 

Earlier this month I spoke at the Local Government Association of Queensland’s inaugural ‘Future Cities Summit’ in Brisbane, giving civic and business leaders from across the state an insight into how our new CBD was evolving and the significant benefits for the region. 

There is widespread recognition that the Maroochydore City Centre development is one of the most transformative and innovative urban projects now underway in Queensland. 

Deputy Premier and Infrastructure Minister Jackie Trad acknowledged the importance of the CBD to the future of the Sunshine Coast, agreeing that Mayor Mark Jamieson has every reason to be optimistic about Maroochydore’s future. 

Their confidence is not misplaced. The city we are building will be both dynamic and forward-thinking. 

As you may recall, last month I announced that Zach Johnson – the driving force behind Ocean Street’s innovative Spark Bureau – will be the CBD’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence, helping us attract and support start-ups and foster a spirit of entrepreneurship in the new city centre. 

Since then the State Government has unveiled its own Chief Entrepreneur, Mark Sowerby of Blue Sky Alternative Investments, to energise Queensland’s entire start-up culture. 

SunCentral is also in step with Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull’s vision for ‘30-minute cities’, with homes, work, schools and lifestyle services all within easy reach of one another. 

It’s reassuring to know our thinking is consistent with the vision being outlined by our political leaders, as well as urban planners and business leaders. 

Back at ground level here in Maroochydore, a crucial task is now underway. Energex engineers have started realigning a high voltage electrical powerline which traverses the site. 

The work is essential before major civil works commence. I’ll keep you posted on this task, as well as all the other progress being made by the SunCentral team, in my next newsletter. 

If you have any questions or queries in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on (07) 5452 7274 or email admin@ suncentralmaroochydore.com.au.

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Maroochydore City Centre breaks new ground

Fri Jul 29, 2016

We’ve made enormous progress since the first sod was turned on the new Maroochydore City Centre in February and the momentum around this unique project continues to build.

As you may know, we launched the project to market last month with investors, developers and business owners invited to submit Expressions of Interest in the core commercial precincts of the new CBD.

Just days after our launch, the latest NAB Monthly Business Survey revealed that Queensland had the equal highest level of business confidence in the nation, making the case for locating and growing an enterprise or company on the Sunshine Coast even more compelling.

We have been pleased with the response from the market to date and planning is underway for campaigns to target specific businesses to locate to the new city centre.

We have also appointed technology executive Zach Johnson (pictured, above left, with me) as the project’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence. We are proud to be the first city development in Australia to create this role and believe it reflects our commitment to developing a genuine city of the future. 

Our aim is to make Maroochydore a nationally renowned centre for start-ups and achieving that goal will require innovative thinking and technological experience.

Zach’s position will help us maximise opportunities for entrepreneurship, attract the brightest commercial minds to the new CBD and explain how businesses will be able to thrive in our digitally-advanced city.

Start-ups and entrepreneurs will bring new skills, experience and connections to the Sunshine Coast, diversifying our economy and creating jobs. They are central to our vision. 

Many people in the business community will already know Zach as the founder of Maroochydore’s Spark Bureau and be familiar with the impressive results the business incubator has achieved.

On site, bulk earthworks are continuing and civil works, including the installation of underground infrastructure and building great city streets, parks and a striking new waterway, will commence in coming months.

I look forward to providing you with further updates as the new city centre takes shape and thank you for your ongoing interest in this exciting project.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on (07) 5452 7274 or email admin@ suncentralmaroochydore.com.au. 

John Knaggs

Chief Executive Officer

July 2016  

 

THE BRIGHT CITY OPENS FOR BUSINESS

Thu Jun 23, 2016

Queensland’s newest city centre is getting down to business with a call to the commercial sector to secure a rare stake in Australia’s only greenfield CBD site in an urban area. 

SunCentral Maroochydore will on Monday (June 27) officially invite Expressions of Interest in the Sunshine Coast’s new city centre which offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to be part of the most technologically advanced CBD in the country. 

“The new 53-hectare Maroochydore city centre offers 150,000m2 of commercial space and 65,000m2 of retail floor area,” said SunCentral Maroochydore Chief Executive Officer John Knaggs. 

“It offers a unique chance for those in the professional services, education, research and development, business tourism and civic services sectors to be part of creating a brand new city centre in one of the fastest-growing regions in the country. 

“Because it is a greenfield site, we can embed digital technology into the foundations of the central business district to create a genuine city of the future with super high speed connectivity, smart signage and lighting and public realm wi-fi.” 

Mr Knaggs said an independent assessment estimated the new CBD would provide a $4.4 billion boost to the Sunshine Coast economy over the next 20 years and generate 15,000 jobs in the next decade. 

“The Sunshine Coast is one of only five regional cities recognised by Infrastructure Australia as being a major contributor to the nation’s productivity and the new CBD at Maroochyodre offers the chance to be part of that economic growth,” Mr Knaggs said. 

SunCentral Maroochydore Chairman Dr Doug McTaggart said the region had already attracted more than $8.5 billion in private investment and $2.5 billion in major infrastructure projects in recent years, reflecting strong business confidence. 

“The recently announced Sunshine Coast Airport expansion is a significant drawcard because it will provide better, faster connections to national and global markets,’’ Dr McTaggart said. 

“With economic and population growth both strong, now is the time to capitalise on increasing national and international interest in this region. 

“The Sunshine Coast is coming of age.” 

The Sunshine Coast business community shares SunCentral’s vision of the future with more than 60 per cent of the region’s 30,000 businesses forecasting a rise in profits this yeari. 

i : http://www.boardroombusiness.com.au/sunshinecoast 

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The latest CCIQ Westpac survey ranked the Sunshine Coast as Queensland most profitable regionii. 

Tourism is also booming, with visitor numbers rising by 9.4 per cent to 8.5 million in 2015iii with the expanded airport intended to cater for an increase in international arrivals. 

“Many business advisers and leaders are starting to wake up to the potential of regional cities – but the Sunshine Coast is already ahead of them,” Mr Knaggs said. 

“We’re setting the pace in Queensland and the future of the Sunshine Coast has never been brighter.” 

Mr Knaggs said the new CBD’s proximity to the airport, its digital offerings including a proposal for a sub-sea broadband cable, its beachside location and the Coast’s highly-prized lifestyle made it an attractive destination for many business investors in the Asia Pacific region. 

“We’re looking for investors and developers who embrace contemporary, diverse and innovative approaches to city-making,’’ he said. 

He said more than 40 per cent of the city centre site would be waterways and parks with the new CBD offering cycle paths, shaded walkways, public spaces and a central corso lined with boutique stores, restaurants and bars. 

“This is an exciting chance to create a brand new CBD, one that meets the economic, social and digital needs of today and for future generations,’’ Mr Knaggs said. 

Expressions of Interest open on Monday, June 27. 

Interested parties are urged to contact SunCentral Maroochydore on 07 5452 7274 or visit maroochydore-city.com.au. 

For vision and images of Maroochydore - The Bright City, go to: 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/akjlz3ga9lqb29o/AAD6yE-Kgw2UtcWthaRxe5WRa?dl=0 

MEDIA CONTACT: Stuart Sherwin, Sequel PR – 0403 090 914 

Maroochydore CBD leads 30 minute city plan

Tue May 31, 2016

You may have recently heard the Prime Minister announce his ambitious Smart Cities plan to build ‘30 minute cities’ across Australia.

Essentially, the concept acknowledges that we all should be able to access employment, education, health services and recreational facilities within a half hour commute from home​.

This principle was one of the driving forces behind planning for the new Maroochydore central business district and will be a reality for those who live and work in our new smart city.

The commercial hub, currently in the early stages of development, will offer business, professional, education, retail and other services, with the new CBD expected to generate more than 30,000 jobs by 2040.

A central dining and leisure precinct will include restaurants, bars and entertainment facilities as well as parks and public space for everyone to enjoy.

To this end, we are currently constructing a major new waterway that will provide a high amenity backdrop for the office buildings and restaurants in the commercial precinct of the development.

Plans are also progressing for improved roads and public transport so the new CBD is easily accessible to city workers, residents and visitors.

As a result, the new Maroochydore city centre will be a template for the Government’s plan to provide Australians living in regional areas with the same opportunities as those in metropolitan cities.

In relation to work on site, the bulk earthworks are continuing and we expect to award the contract for civil works in coming months.

Those works will include embedding technology into the very foundations of the CBD to enable ‘smart city’ features including smart lighting and signage.

We are also preparing to unveil our new marketing material which showcases plans for the vibrant, sophisticated city we are creating in the Sunshine Coast capital.

Thank you for your ongoing interest in this exciting project and we look forward to providing you with further updates as the new city centre takes shape.

 

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. 

MEDIA CONTACT: Asaesja Young, Sequel PR - 0439 483 858 

​Coast Building a Blueprint for Prime Minister’s 30-Minute Cities

Fri Apr 29, 2016

The new Maroochydore central business district is a blueprint for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s 30-minute cities plan, announced today. 

The Federal Government plan recognises the significant impact of congestion, as people from outer regions are forced to travel to large cities for employment, schooling and health services. 

Work has already started on the Maroochydore city centre which will boost jobs and local services with a commercial, retail and business hub on the doorstep of Sunshine Coast residents. 

“Too many people on the Sunshine Coast are currently forced to drive to Brisbane for work, recreation and other opportunities,” SunCentral Maroochydore Chief Executive Officer John Knaggs said. 

“That is why we are building this new city centre - so Sunshine Coast residents have the services and jobs they need close to home. 

“Along with generating thousands of jobs, the new city centre will feature innovation with the latest technology embedded throughout commercial, entertainment, recreation, cultural and education precincts - just as the Prime Minister is calling for.” 

Mr Knaggs said the key to delivering a ‘30-minute city’ on the Sunshine Coast was fast, efficient and high quality public transport. 

He said Sunshine Coast Regional Council’s proposed light rail service linking Caloundra, the new hospital and health precinct at Kawana, Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland, the Maroochydore city centre and eventually, the Sunshine Coast Airport, would allow the region to be self-contained and reduce the need to travel to Brisbane. 

“A smart, 21st Century integrated public transport system will not only connect communities, reduce traffic congestion and protect the environment, it will also create employment, attract investment and support future growth,” he said. 

“We need action now and there are clear opportunities to harness private sector interest in the delivery of infrastructure on the Coast under the State Government’s market-led proposals framework.” 

MEDIA CONTACT: Asaesja Young, Sequel PR - 0439 483 858 

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Collaboration and innovation spark new CBD

Fri Apr 29, 2016

Exciting developments will help cement the Maroochydore Central Business District as the state’s most vibrant, high-tech commercial hub.

SunCentral Maroochydore is determined to build a new city centre that encourages entrepreneurship, innovation and collaboration and is appealing to business and professional services seeking a forward-thinking environment.

To help achieve this, we have formed a partnership with SPARK BUREAU, a not-for-profit co-working space and startup incubator with a strong record of helping local businesses launch and grow.

SPARK BUREAU will be one of the first groups to call the new CBD home, providing support and advice for startups through its structured business incubator and accelerator programs.

SPARK BUREAU is also developing further partnerships to offer professional business and technology education services to local firms, students and entrepreneurs.

In other news, SunCentral Maroochydore is delighted with the high level of interest from potential investors and prospective tenants and we are working towards launching a formal Expressions of Interest process.

On site, significant bulk earthworks remain underway and the CBD’s future roads are starting to take shape.

Work has commenced to realign the Maud Street drain that runs through the site, allowing us to create an expanded and attractive waterway that will be a major drawcard for the CBD, complete with waterfront dining and pedestrian promenades.

The contractor is also undertaking essential sewerage infrastructure upgrades on site to cater for future growth and we expect to announce the commencement of Stage 1 civil works in coming months.

As this work continues apace, we would like to thank you for your continued support for the vision for the new city centre, which will provide significant investment and employment opportunities for people on the Sunshine Coast and further afield.

Delivering a vibrant city heart

Thu Mar 31, 2016

Work on Maroochydore’s new central business district is well and truly underway with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk turning the first sod last month and bulk earthworks starting on site immediately afterwards.

We have been working hard to translate the vision for a vibrant, modern city centre into reality. To that end, we have commissioned acclaimed landscape architect Mark Fuller – who was behind Brisbane’s South Bank and Roma Street Parklands – to assist in developing designs for the new city centre’s parks, streets and public spaces for everyone to enjoy.

The project will transform the site into a high quality CBD, providing entertainment, employment and recreation opportunities at your doorstep.

To achieve these outcomes, local company Shadforths Civil Contractors must carry out bulk earthworks including relocating an underground high-voltage power line, upgrading a sewer main and removing vegetation, most of which was planted by the former golf club to designate the fairways.

Although the planned works will have no detrimental impact on any protected flora or fauna, Shadforths has implemented a works management plan which is being overseen by internationally renowned consulting firm Cardno.

An external specialist fauna spotter/catcher will also be on site over the next few weeks as the works proceed.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience as we build the Sunshine Coast’s new central business district.

The project will bring significant benefits to our community, creating an estimated 15,000 jobs by 2025 and providing a $4.4 billion boost for the local economy.

Please register online to stay up-to-date with development progress.

I look forward to providing you with further updates as the new city centre continues to take shape and wish you and your family a happy, safe Easter break.

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

A major milestone reached

Mon Feb 29, 2016

February has been a busy month for SunCentral Maroochyore with a key contract awarded, another out to tender and the Queensland Premier visiting the site to mark the start of construction of the Sunshine Coast’s new CBD.​

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson turned the first sod on SunCentral Maroochydore on 11 February 2016 in the presence of local business and community leaders and media.

Premier Palaszczuk hailed the project as aneconomic game-changer for the Sunsh Coast with SunCentral Maroochydore expected to generate 30,000 new jobs by 2040 and inject $4.4 billion into the region’s economy.

The successful tenderer for bulk earthworks on the first stage of the project, Shadforths Civil Contractors, was also announced at the sod turning which attracted local, state and national media attention.

These preliminary construction works are now underway and will be immediately followed by civil works to build new quality streets, parkland, waterways and underground infrastructure.

The contract for Stage 1A civil, engineering and construction works is currently out to tender and anyone seeking further information should visit the ICN gateway at gateway.icn.org.au.

The importance of the new Sunshine Coast CBD to Queensland’s development was further underlined this month with the release of Infrastructure Australia’s 15-year national plan.

The document said steps should be taken to foster long-term growth in Australia’s smaller cities, increasing their vitality while moderating the infrastructure challenges facing larger cities, and the design of the new CBD is consistent with many of the plan’s key recommendations.

There is plenty more to come and I look forward to providing you with another progress report in my next update.

In the meantime, keep an eye out for our new and improved website which will be up and running shortly.

This is a truly exciting project to be leading and I thank you for your continued support and interest.

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.

 

Premier Palaszczuk attends official sod turning for SunCentral

Thu Feb 11, 2016
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk speaks at the SunCentral Maroochydore sod turning.
State MP Fiona Simpson, SunCentral CEO John Knaggs, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Mayor Mark Jamieson
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Mayor Mark Jamieson turn the sods at the SunCentral Maroochydore launch.
Onlookers at the sod turning by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Mayor Mark Jamieson for SunCentral Maroochydore.
Earthworks begin at the SunCentral Maroochydore official sod turning.

New City Centre Taking Shape

Fri Jan 29, 2016

SunCentral Maroochydore has made great progress on planning and designing your expanded city centre and preliminary construction on the first stage of the 53-hectare project is about to begin.

The new Maroochydore CBD will become the business, community services and employment focus for our region, while 40 per cent of the former golf course will be parkland, open space and waterways for everyone to enjoy.

Very soon, bulk earthworks will begin on 15 hectares of the site north of the Maud Street Canal. This will be followed by civil works, with construction of new quality streets, parkland and public spaces.

Work will only occur between 7.00am and 6.00pm, Monday to Saturday and our contractors will be required to implement a site management plan to minimise any disruption or inconvenience to local residents and businesses.

This will include measures to control noise, dust, erosion and ensure appropriate environmental protections are in place.

The SunCentral site was cleared of remnant vegetation when the golf course was built back in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Recent expert, independent surveys have confirmed that this development will not impact on any protected flora or fauna species.

The earthworks starting in February will include removing trees that were planted to decorate the golf course fairways.

This cleared vegetation will be mulched and reused on the site.

The new Maroochydore CBD provides a truly exciting opportunity for our region, offering an estimated $4.4 billion boost to the ocal economy and creating about 15,000 jobs by 2025.

Please register online to stay up-to-date with the development of our new future-focused, sustainable city heart.

New City Centre Taking Shape

Tue Jan 19, 2016

SunCentral Maroochydore has made great progress in planning and designing the Sunshine Coast’s new CBD with the first stage of construction about to begin.

The demolition phase of the project was completed late last year and bulk earthworks will commence in February, followed by civil works including new streets, landscaping and public spaces.

Showcasing excellence in urban design, innovation and technology, the 53-hectare CBD will feature commercial, retail, residential and cultural precincts. More than 40 per cent of the site will be made up of parklands and waterways.

The new CBD supports urban consolidation and will offer significant opportunities for innovative and sustainable design, including energy efficiency, water cycle management and public transport infrastructure.

Stage one of the project will include a mix of commercial, retail and residential development with approximately 30,000m2 Gross Floor Area (GFA) of retail, 50,000m2 GFA of commercial and 600 apartments. The map attached shows the location of preliminary construction works for stage one in relation to the entire CBD site.

This unique development is necessary for a region coming of age, with the new $2 billion university hospital and health precinct at Kawana due for completion at the end of this year and the planned expansion of the Sunshine Coast airport.

Population growth on the Sunshine Coast continues to eclipse the Queensland average. Business confidence is also strong with the Sunshine Coast economy ranked the second best-performing non-capital city region in Queensland for 2015/16 and the fifth highest nationally.

Independent expert analysis suggests construction and ongoing operation of the city centre will create more than 15,000 jobs by 2025 and inject $5.9 billion into the Queensland economy over the 20-year life of the project.

Thank you for your ongoing support and interest in the Sunshine Coast’s new city centre. I will continue to keep you informed as construction progresses.

In the meantime, if you have any questions about the project, please don’t hesitate to contact me or the SunCentral team on (07) 5452 7274 or admin@suncentralmaroochydore.com.au.

John Knaggs 
CEO

It’s time to turn the concept into reality

Sat Jan 09, 2016

Greenfield start to new CBD means chance to define city’s culture.

Click here to view an article on SunCentral Maroochydore published in The Sunshine Coast Daily.