Construction is set to commence on 40 new townhomes in Maroochydore, with Mayor Mark Jamieson joining builder RCQ Construction and developer Reed Property Group to officially turn the sod at the Locale development site on Friday, 19 January.
RCQ Construction General Manager Gavin Wuiske said he was thrilled to be commencing earthworks and bringing the project out of the ground thanks to months of careful planning and a strong sales response from the market.
“We anticipate construction of the townhomes will take just under a year, with the project scheduled for completion in the last quarter of 2018,” Mr Wuiske said.
“Having built numerous residential developments on the Sunshine Coast and beyond in our three decades of operation, we’re confident of delivering high quality homes in a great location, especially as the Maroochydore CBD is coming to life.”
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson welcomed the commencement of construction at Locale and said it was encouraging to see Reed Property Group offering affordable housing options within close proximity to the new CBD.
“The Sunshine Coast is in the midst of an economic boom and with Maroochydore set to become the business and employment hub of the region, there is undoubtedly demand for more affordable housing nearby,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“Installation of the underground infrastructure at the CBD site is now 95 per cent complete so 2018 will certainly see increased activity onsite. As the number of employees in the CBD continues to escalate, access to affordable housing in the area will be essential and projects like Locale will go some way to meet this demand, helping us build a sustainable and thriving business centre.”
“Locale residents aren’t the only ones to benefit from the development, with RCQ Construction confirming that more than 90 tradespeople are expected to be employed throughout the construction period, injecting an estimated $25 million into the local economy.”
Reed Property Group Sales Executive Cathie Price said interest in the townhomes had been really high with 77 per cent already sold prior to construction commencing.
“Investors and owner-occupiers — including those wanting to downsize, and mature first home owners wanting to get a head start — are relishing the opportunity to purchase quality stock so close to the CBD, Sunshine Plaza, the Ocean Street dining precinct, Maroochy River and Maroochydore’s pristine, patrolled beaches,” Ms Price said.
“It’s rare to find brand new, spacious townhouses in the heart of Maroochydore, and the response we’ve received from buyers certainly indicates demand is strong.”
“We expect the remaining two-bedroom townhouses will be snapped up quickly as construction progresses, especially now that the $20,000 First Home Owner’s Grant has been extended to 30 June 2018.”
“Locale’s central location in Allora Drive ensures it’s well connected to schools, public transport, the Sunshine Motorway and Maroochydore’s popular business and entertainment precinct.”
“The project is ideally positioned to reap the benefits of the Sunshine Coast’s major infrastructure boom that is set to drive the local economy for the next 20 years.”
The Locale complex consists of 40 two and three-bedroom townhomes. The remaining two-bedroom townhomes include a second living area, separate study, downstairs powder room, landscaped gardens, pet-friendly courtyards, covered outdoor entertaining area and secure garage. Prices start from $392,500, with five of the remaining lots available for under $400,000. The development offers low body corporate fees from $2,500 per annum.
New Fisher Community Awards New Fisher Community Awards scheme to recognise individuals and businesses who are giving back to the Sunshine Coast
Individuals and businesses who contribute to the local community will be recognised in a new award scheme launched by Andrew Wallace - LNP Federal Member for Fisher. Mr Wallace has called for public nominations to recognise people and organisations who have made a difference in the fields of education, employment and retirement.
Mr Wallace said “We all know those local people who are giving something back – the leaders in our community who inspire us and who set the example for all of us to follow. We have them in our schools, in our businesses and community groups, in our health care providers and our aged care residences.”
“I want our part of the Sunshine Coast to be the place to be for Education, Employment and Retirement. That is why I have set up the Fisher Community Awards. I want to recognise those individuals and organisations who are leading the way in making that a reality with their contribution to our community.” He said.
Nominations in each of nine categories can be made by members of the public until 21 February.
The winners in each category will be selected from the public’s nominations by the Fisher Youth Council, Business Council and Seniors Council. These councils are consultation groups, drawn from local residents, set up last year by Mr Wallace.
The Awards are sponsored by Elypsys, an independent telecommunications carrier based on the Sunshine Coast that builds and operates its own fibre and wireless telecommunications networks. Rumba Beach Resort in Caloundra is the awards’ venue sponsor. Rumba Beach Resort Director William Darby said that community awards have a very important role to play.
Mr Darby said “Awards like these bring us together and they get people in the business community to strive for excellence. They also acknowledge many of our unsung heroes in the seniors and education communities. We have one of the highest rates of volunteerism here on the Sunshine Coast, and this is a great opportunity for those people to be recognised. We applaud Mr Wallace for his initiative and we are very proud at Rumba Beach Resort to be a part of it.”
Winners will receive a trophy and a gift voucher from a local business at a special awards night at Rumba Resort on Wednesday 21 March.
“I need your help to find these unsung local people. Please visit my website, or send me an email before 21 February 2018, and tell us about an individual or organisation that you think deserves to win an award in any or all of my 9 categories and why.” Mr Wallace said.
The award categories are:
· Fisher Educator of the Year · Fisher Student of the Year · Fisher Education Provider of the Year
· Fisher Business of the Year · Fisher Employee of the Year · Fisher Innovator of the Year
· Fisher Senior of the Year · Fisher Senior Community Group of the Year · Fisher Senior Support Service of the Year
Opposition calls for increased EcoTourism On a visit to the Sunshine Coast today Liberal National Party leader Deb Frecklington MP called on the Palaszczuk Government to open up national parks and nature reserves to eco-tourism ventures to provide a much needed boost to the Queensland tourism industry.
Ms Frecklington said for too long Queensland’s most beautiful places have been locked away from locals and tourists in the mistaken belief that was the best way to protect the environment.
“Sadly the Palaszczuk Labor Government isn’t interested in capitalising on the wonderful natural assets that make Queensland and the Sunshine Coast unique,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Instead Labor kow-tow to activists who want to lock up our National Parks and throw away the key.
“We believe that the more people can experience Queensland’s amazing natural beauty, the more they will support ways to preserve it for generations to come.
“If managed in an environmentally responsible way there’s no reason why our parks can’t be opened up so that people can learn about, and appreciate, their beauty.
“If Labor was serious about supporting our tourism industry, they’d create an opportunity for ecotourism operators to propose low-impact accommodation and tourism infrastructure in our national parks.”
LNP Shadow Tourism and Environment Minister David Crisafulli - LNP Broadwater MP said even Labor’s own hand-picked tourism boss has publicly lamented the inaction by the state government on ecotourism opportunities.
“I fully support Tourism and Events Queensland chair Brett Godfrey’s view that Queensland must act now to claw back its share of the national tourism industry,” Mr Crisafulli said.
“New Zealand and Tasmania are all over this with their environmentally-respectful resorts and lodges available to tourists – we’re falling behind because Labor refuses to make the most of what makes us special.
“Not only are Queenslanders missing out on opportunities to enjoy our national parks, our state’s economy is missing out on tourism jobs and income.
“The LNP is by no means advocating an open slather approach to activities in our National Parks.
“This is all about bringing people into a place so they learn to fall in love with it and learn how to protect it.”
Chris McDonnellOur local LNP members tolerated Crisafool on their patch. How low can you go?
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Daniel WilsonShe cant help but play the blame game. Instead of just saying her piece and letting the voters make up their own minds, of course if the voters were allowed to make up their own mind then they would quickly realise the LNP are nothing but pigs with their snouts in the trough.
Media conference where Ted O'Brien MP - Federal Member for Fairfax has annonced that a Fast Rail Project from Nambour to Brisbane has been shortlisted for consideration on the Federal Government rail grants program.
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NAMBOUR TO BRISBANE IN 45 FLAT There’s been a lot of talk about ‘game-changing’ infrastructure for the Sunshine Coast recently, but a rail commute from Nambour to Brisbane in just 45 minutes could be the project that changes everything.
Team Queensland – the State’s 26 Federal Coalition MPs working as a political bloc – is steaming ahead with its latest project, led by Ted O’Brien.
“Duplication of the Beerburrum to Nambour rail line has been a high priority and the need to improve commuter travel to Brisbane is a no brainer. Well, right now we have the opportunity to pursue an even better solution,” said Ted O’Brien, Federal Member for Fairfax.
“Fast rail has the ability to make the journey from Nambour to Brisbane a 45 minute trip and that comes down to just 30 minutes from Beerwah.
“The Turnbull Government has $10 billion available right now to improve passenger rail connections between cities and regions. A comprehensive business case is exactly what we need to go after as much of that $10 billion budget as possible,” Mr O’Brien said.
Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace, who is also a member of Team Qld, is swinging in behind the project. “Sunshine Coast Federal LNP Members understand that our transport woes will not be cured by simply adding lanes to the Highway,” said Mr Wallace.
In September the Federal Government launched the Faster Rail Prospectus to start the process of bidding to build Australia’s first fast rail service. It included $20 million in funding to support the development of three fast rail business cases and nationally 26 submissions were received.
“Our North Coast Connect proposal for a fast rail commuter network between Brisbane and Nambour was one of 11 submissions shortlisted and it was the only Queensland proposal that proceeded to Stage 2 of the process,” Ted O’Brien said.
Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher is expected to announce the successful projects for business case by mid-February.
“Ultimately the best three proposals will receive Australian Government co-funding towards business case development, with the final business cases then progressing to Infrastructure Australia for assessment,” Mr Fletcher said.
He said the business cases should demonstrate faster rail travel times through new or upgraded rail infrastructure.
“In addition, business cases must outline initiatives that will increase housing choices by opening up regional areas, encourage job and career opportunities, and improve access to specialist services for people in regional areas, as well as major events.”
Mr O’Brien said the business case criteria aligned well with the terms outlined for the Government’s $10 billion National Rail Program (NRP).
Late last year the Federal Government revealed the criteria for the NRP saying that better rail connectivity would make it possible to grow regions, reduce congestion in major cities, create thousands of new jobs, and support Government efforts to decentralise.
The Federal Member for Fairfax said fast rail would be a game changer for residents from North Brisbane through Moreton to the Sunshine Coast, but was particularly excited about the opportunities it would present for Maroochydore and Nambour.
“Connecting the new CBD and new international airport to fast rail would deliver huge economic and social benefits to our region,” Mr O’Brien said.
“New businesses and residents would be attracted here and fill out the new CBD. It would open up tourism options and further reduce congestion on the Bruce Highway.
“And of course it provides a dream opportunity to revitalise the town of Nambour.
“If we can get fast rail, as opposed to standard 100 year old rail here on the Coast, where somebody can wake up in Nambour at 7 o’clock and be sitting at their desk in Brisbane’s Adelaide Street by 8 o’clock then we open up so many opportunities.
“This is far more than a transport solution. It’s a vision for a better connected Queensland and a better connected Sunshine Coast.
“My State LNP colleagues, our Sunshine Coast and Noosa Councils, the business sector and the community at large are all just as supportive of better rail for our region as is Team Qld,” said Mr O’Brien.
“There’s a long way to go on this, but let’s forge a unity ticket and go hard.”
Mr O’Brien said the business case would investigate taking fast rail into two areas, firstly Brisbane through to Nambour and secondly to the Coast via CAMCOS.
View News Sunshine CoastThe Sunshine Coast CouncilMayor Mark Jamieson has issued this statement on the proposal.
Our Council was pleased to offer its support in December last year to the North Coast Connect Consortium’s Stage 2 submission to the Australian Government’s Faster Rail Connecting Capital Cities and Orbital Regional Centres program.
Our Council – with the support of the Council of Mayors South East Queensland – also offered its support to an initial south east Queensland proposal from the Queensland Government – which was not shortlisted.
I made it very clear in the lead up to the State election in November – as I have been doing for some years – that investment by the State and Federal governments in road, rail and public transport for the Sunshine Coast is critical and one of the highest priorities for this region.
Our Council is delighted that consideration of the North Coast Connect Consortium’s submission is progressing and we look forward to a positive outcome from the assessment process in the next month.
The North Coast Connect submission supports our Council’s continued advocacy for better connectivity between the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. At the same time, the effectiveness will only be realised with clear connectivity to major urban population and commercial areas on the Sunshine Coast – which is critical for the future functionality and prosperity of our region. After all, 90% of all trips generated on the Sunshine Coast are local and involve the movement of people around our region.
What is now needed is for the Queensland Government to get on board and support the development of the business case for this proposal.
Both the State and Federal governments – who each have a responsibility to our community – need to make this happen so a long overdue rail and public transport solution is delivered for our Sunshine Coast.
The Sunshine Coast has missed out for far too long in terms of investment in the rail and public transport needs of this region.
Now is the opportunity to support an option that allows all potential solutions to be evaluated to identify the best model for connecting major population centres within the region and in turn, better connecting Brisbane to this region.
The State Government is doing this on the Gold Coast, in Brisbane, in Ipswich, in Moreton Bay and elsewhere. But not on the Sunshine Coast – the second fastest growing region in Queensland.
Our Council does not accept the proposition that our region’s rail and public transport needs should wait until after the Brisbane Cross River Rail project receives Commonwealth funding and is delivered. The State Government has already funded the Cross River Rail project in its entirety, so there is no reason why the Premier should be dismissive of the planning and business case development work going ahead for the North Coast Connect Consortium’s proposal – particularly when the business case would be funded by the Commonwealth.
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Chris McDonnellMy comment was not spam View News, it was a genuine political view and well within the propriety of the house rules. Leant on?
Brett LairdAnd as is the usual with our bumbling bureaucrats , it will be slower than expected, three times the cost, late on arrival and we won't have a soul trained to drive it.
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Shari RainbowI know money can’t be thrown around Willy nilly...but if they just did things without so much carry on. It would be done quicker and cheaper 🙄
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Scott AndersonThis is the biggest non announcment, basically
announcing that they are considering doing a business case about it.... a long way short from delivering anything.
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Chris McDonnellDoes Ted really expect that this could ever happen with Queensland governments. ROTFL. The Commonwealth would have more hope funding/designing/building it themselves especially if they did not let the State government near the project management.
Operation Saturate If you thought you saw a few more Police than usual around Nambour, Maroochydore and Sippy Downs you wouldn't be mistaken.
Sunshine Coast Police together with the assistance of the Brisbane based Public Safety Response Team, Polair and Drug Detection Dogs, today conducted a high saturation policing exercise targeting known hotspots for antisocial behaviour as well as rounding up known offenders.
In all, 46 Police officers were deployed into the Maroochydore and Nambour Divisions resulting in the arrest of 12 offenders on 20 charges with more to come.
Two search warrants were executed simultaneously early this morning resulting in drug related charges. Other charges today relate to stealing, failing to appear, possession of stolen property and going armed so as to cause fear.
High visibility operations such as these are just one method used by local Police, contributing to ensure the Sunshine Coast remains a safe place to live.
Fee-free training for Year 12 Sunshine Coast graduates
Free training courses are available to year 12 graduates who enrol in a high priority qualification within 12 months of leaving school under the Queensland Government’s Year 12 fee-free training initiative.
Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said that Queensland Year 12 graduates would be eligible for the free courses in the calendar year after graduating from Year 12.
“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to making sure our young Queenslanders have the training and skills they need to get into work and build a career” Minister Fentiman said.
“Training is an excellent pathway for Year 12 school leavers and this will give students a head start to their career without worrying about a VET student loan after graduating.
“Certificate III in industries such as engineering, early childhood, aged care and electro technology are on offer fee-free.
“This fantastic initiative supports a variety of career opportunities and plays a vital role in growing our economy through our recent school leavers.”
TAFE Queensland – East Coast region acting General Manager Mark Reilly said 15 students were enrolled in the subsidised courses at the organisation’s Sunshine Coast campuses located in Mooloolaba, Maroochydore and Nambour last financial year. The most popular courses were in the area of community services and hospitality.
Mr Reilly said 2017 school leavers had plenty of options through the State Government’s initiative.
“The health care sector is currently experiencing a shortage and there is currently a high demand for skilled hospitality workers on the Sunshine Coast,” Mr Reilly said.
“However, reports show areas such as retail and construction are also forecast to grow on the Coast over the next five years.”
Year 12 fee-free training is available through the Certificate 3 Guarantee and User Choice training programs.
Students are advised to consider training options carefully before committing to a particular course as this may exhaust entitlements to further subsidised training.