Project Updates

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

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@

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