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Maroochydore CBD Update: State Government approves changes to PDA's development scheme


UPDATE: State Government approves changes to PDA's development scheme

August 2019 | Source: Queensland Government

Greater housing diversity and a new Maroochydore CBD will be accommodated in the Maroochydore City Centre Priority Development Area after the state government approved changes to the PDA’s development scheme.

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the revised scheme will help accommodate predicted population growth in the Sunshine Coast region.

“According to ShapingSEQ, our South East Queensland Regional Plan (external site), an additional 53,700 dwellings will be needed within Sunshine Coast urban areas by 2041,” Mr Dick said.

“Maroochydore is ideally placed to deliver more apartment living options for the region, and these changes will enable the city centre to grow and thrive.

“The recent announcement by Pro-invest to seek approval for a 167-room Holiday Inn Express & Suites demonstrates the attractiveness of Maroochydore City Centre.”

“It’s exciting to see more investors taking a serious interest in development in this flourishing part of Queensland.”

Maximum building heights have been increased in some areas to accommodate additional growth.

Development will also need to meet various design requirements relating to things like residential privacy and access to natural light.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said the approval will help council meet urban infill targets set under the SEQ regional plan and capitalise on new opportunities.

“The increase in residential dwellings from 2000 to 4000 apartments would help our region cater for forecast population growth over the next 20 years,” Mr Jamieson said.

“It will also assist us in pursuing an important objective of locating our region’s growth in areas connected to facilities, services, transport networks and key employment areas.

“Maroochydore City Centre is ideally placed to accommodate some of this forecast growth, so it’s only appropriate it plays its part.

“Momentum and awareness of our new city centre is continuing to grow, and this is a major project that will help shape the Sunshine Coast as Australia’s leading healthy, smart and creative region.”

The proposed Maroochydore City Centre PDA Development Scheme Amendment No. 2 was publicly notified from 23 November 2018 to 14 January 2019.

Forty-five submissions were received, and after considering the feedback, with specialist advice, refinements were made to the development scheme to reflect community views.

Learn more about the Maroochydore City Centre PDA.


Media contact: Ben Doyle 0400 775 561

UPDATE: Maroochydore’s new city centre site set to open to the public with a free people’s day

Wednesday 17 July 2019 | Source: Sunshine Coast Council

Stage 1 of Sunshine Coast Council’s highly anticipated new Maroochydore City Centre site will officially open to the public with a free People’s Day on Saturday 10 August.

SunCentral CEO John Knaggs said residents and visitors are invited to explore, engage with and celebrate the new city centre when it welcomes the public for the first time with a free program of events, education and entertainment across the day and into the evening.

During the open day event, visitors can walk, cycle and explore the first section of the new Maroochydore City Centre site and participate in a range of activities and events for all ages from 11am until an evening performance begins at 6pm.

The daytime activities will take place on the future Sunshine Coast Council City Hall site on the newly constructed section of First Avenue and in the pop-up creative precinct the MET.

Adults and children alike can immerse themselves in Maroochydore City Centre’s smart city technology and interactive displays highlighting its innovative infrastructure with Sunshine Coast Council officers on site to answer questions.

Maroochydore City Centre Activation Project Manager Bronwyn Buksh said children could explore the new precinct in an orientation-style treasure hunt, build a city with LEGO or paint one of the 1000 keys comprising the Keys to the City installation that will light up in the evening.

All visitors can interact with high quality entertainers and take part in the overarching Your City. Your Story. curatorial framework and ongoing engagement program through photography, media booths, original artwork and the Maroochydore City Centre Storyboard unveiled along one of the construction hoardings on site. 

The People’s Day then delivers a free evening entertainment program showcasing local talent on the urban square from 6pm.

The all-ages performance celebrates Maroochydore’s past, present and future through music, dance, storytelling, visual art and projections, beginning with a traditional Welcome to Country by Kabi Kabi representatives.

The evening performance will also feature talented local acts including Gubbi Gubbi Dance Troupe, cellist Louise King, dancer Soraya Fewquandie-Scott and vocalists Lindsay Pollak, Lizzie O’Keefe, Andrea Kirwin, Shannon Sol Carol and Elixir, a folk-jazz ensemble with Katie Noonan and saxophonist Zac Hurren.

Visitors are invited to pack a picnic and rug/chair to enjoy with family and friends during the evening performance.  There will be an opportunity to purchase limited refreshments from one of the local food vendors on site during the daytime.

The Maroochydore City Centre project is Australia’s largest greenfield CBD development site and is being delivered over a 20-year period to service the wider Sunshine Coast and the 518,000 people expected to call the region home by 2041.

The city centre’s design, delivery and activation is overseen by SunCentral Maroochydore, a wholly-owned enterprise of Sunshine Coast Council.

“Ultimately, a successful city centre is about the people and enterprises it attracts, so The People’s Day is a great way for the community to celebrate this innovative and ground-breaking CBD development as it evolves,” Mr Knaggs.

“There’s a lot of curiosity about what we’re building and it will be great to welcome the community on site for the first time so they can see the progress for themselves, learn how the city centre will take shape over the next 20 years and understand its significance in the region.

"We all have a stake in making this a contemporary city centre and I welcome the community’s enthusiasm and assistance in shaping its identity from the ground-up.”

The Maroochydore City Centre People’s Day is a free, all-ages, non-ticketed event on Saturday 10 August from 11am until 8.30pm.


11:00amOfficial opening of Aerodrome Road and First Ave intersection
11:15amRibbon-cutting ceremony
11:30amWalkthrough to urban square
Until 5pmDisplays, demonstrations and street performers      
Your City. Your Story. story-gathering project
LEGO city-building activity
Keys to the City children’s art project
Orientation children’s activity
Storyboard and public art exhibition at urban square
6:00pmCommencement of evening performance program at urban square
6:30pmWelcome to Country, smoking ceremony and Gubbi Gubbi Dance Troupe
Projection artist James Muller live feeds throughout the performance
6:50pmBlack Swan – dancer Soraya Fewquandie-Scott and musician Andrea Kirwan
6:55pmPhoenix Story – cellist Louise King and didgeridoo player Brent Miller
7:00pmDangerous Song – singers Lindsay Pollak and Lizzie O’Keefe
7:10pmGolden – singer Shannon Sol Carol
7:20pmElixir featuring Katie Noonan
8-8:30pmEvent conclusion

For the open day event, vehicles will not be permitted within the project site. The main pedestrian access to the Maroochydore City Centre People’s Day events is via Aerodrome Road at First Avenue.

The newly constructed roads will be opened to traffic at 7am on Monday 12 August.

More information about the project:  / @mccmetropolitan 

UPDATE: Expression of Interest Campaign launched for next stages of Maroochydore CBD

The vision for the Sunshine Coast's new central business district has continued to take shape with an expression of interest campaign launched for the forthcoming development stages.
SunCentral Maroochydore, the company charged with designing and delivering the new Maroochydore CBD, has launched an Invitation for Expressions of Interest (EOI) campaign for more than 15 hectares of pre-approved developable land in the master planned city centre.
The campaign is calling for EOI for The Balance Land development, Precinct 3 which will include a mix of retail, commercial, mixed use and residential opportunities, and a Pop-Up Café to launch the Creative Precinct.
With SunCentral completing civil works in the core commercial precinct of the site (Stage 1A) and construction of the CBD’s first buildings expected to start mid-year, SunCentral Maroochydore CEO John Knaggs said the EOI process for the extensive next stages of the project called for experienced urban development and capital funding partners to help develop key precincts. 



“This is a unique opportunity for experienced developers and institutional capital groups to enter into a long-term partnership with SunCentral Maroochydore and set a new benchmark for city centre design and development in one of the fastest growing regions in the country,” Knaggs said.

The EOI campaign is offering the opportunity to build 67,500sq m of commercial space as well as 25,900sq m of retail floorspace and 1,390 residential apartments across a number of precincts in the new city centre.
The site also includes $10 million in underground digital waste and lighting facilities.
“Some of this development opportunity is located in the core commercial precinct while the majority is in the area south of the Corso waterway, adjacent the future rail station and transit plaza and in mixed-use apartment precincts alongside planned waterways and parkland,” he said. 
The CBD will also feature a 250-room hotel, 100 residential apartments, 40,500sq m of retail as well as commercial and entertainment space.
Mr Knaggs said the first stage of the project, which included an earlier EOI for Lots within the core commercial precinct, had attracted a range of local, national and international interests, and a number of submissions were being negotiated to commercial close over the next year.
For the next stages, larger scale precincts are on offer. 

“Offering individual parcels has worked well for the first stage of the commercial precinct,” Knaggs said.
“However, in response to market feedback these next stages, involving both commercial and mixed-use areas, offer larger precinct-wide approaches.”
“We are able to provide a wider platform for capital groups and developers to operate longer term – and I’m sure this approach will help facilitate the development of key parts of the city centre.”
“We are looking for the best city-makers to partner with us on this landmark project and look forward to bringing innovative development outcomes and high-quality urban design to life on the Sunshine Coast.” 

Maroochydore CBD Artist's Impressions
Mr Knaggs said the Sunshine Coast had attracted billions of dollars in public and private investment in recent years, making the regional economy one of the strongest in the state. 
“Some of this investment includes the new international sub-sea broadband cable that will deliver unprecedented global data connectivity in 2020, the Sunshine Coast International Airport expansion that will double passenger capacity into Maroochydore and plans for the new passenger rail / light rail network - all of which will transform connectivity for business and community,” he said. 
The Sunshine Coast Council has estimated up to 2 million more passengers would be flying into the region by 2040 once the region's expanded airport was operational by 2020.

Apart from the new international broadband cable that will connect to a landing station located alongside the new CBD, more than $10 million in underground telecommunications and services capacity has been installed beneath the city centre’s new streets.
This provides a smart city framework for the new CBD, including digital signage, lighting and other ‘smart’ technologies as well as the country’s first CBD-wide underground automated waste collection system, which will transport waste from businesses and apartments through a series of underground pipes to a central collection station
With the arrival of several new infrastructure on the Coast, analysts project the Sunshine Coast’s population to grow from 346,522 to 500,000 by 2036, driving the State Government to declare the new Maroochydore CBD as a Priority Development Area (PDA).
This status allows for streamlined planning, approval and development processes. 
The city centre’s first buildings include an eight-storey commercial property by local developer Evans Long and a two-tower 152-unit residential complex by Brisbane’s Habitat Development Group.
This is in addition to a nine-storey Sunshine Coast Regional Council headquarters building. 
“The roads, footpaths, kerbing, landscaping and smart-city infrastructure has already been completed for the first stage of the project, including a large public park and other important public realm,” Mr Knaggs said. 
“We are excited about the opportunity to work with prospective new partners to develop the bulk of this landmark project.” 
Expression of interest submissions on the next 15 hectares of the site open on 16 May 2019 and can be lodged until 30 August, see

3 May 2017: Maroochydore CBD boosts regional jobs and economy

A 53 hectare greenfield site in the heart of Maroochydore, the capital of the Sunshine Coast, is being transformed into a city centre for the 21st century, offering unparalleled investment and development opportunities in Queensland’s thriving south-east corner. Declared a priority Development Area by the Queensland Government, the Maroochydore City centre is expected to service a wider catchment of over two million people by 2030.

More than 150 jobs are expected to be created with civil works commencing in the first stage of the new Maroochydore city centre. New roads, footpaths, cycleways, lighting, parks and landscaping will take shape in the civil construction works that will cost $25 million and take around 12 months to complete.

The works will include the installation of underground services and smart city infrastructure that will position the CBD amongst the most technologically advanced in Australia.

SunCentral is the company overseeing design and delivery of the new city centre. “The foundations of this new CBD will be unlike those of any other Australian city centre,” SunCentral CEO John Knaggs said. “We will have three separate conduits for NBN Co, Telstra and the new CBD’s dedicated Smart City fibre optic network, as well as the first CBD-wide underground Automated Waste Collection System (AWCS) in Australia. Around 1.7km of AWCS pipes will be laid beneath stage one of the CBD.” The pipes will allow waste to be transported underground at speeds of up to 70kmh to a central transfer station, making footpath garbage collections obsolete in the new city centre.

Mr Knaggs said eight new streets are included in stage one of the CBD, creating lots for commercial, retail and mixed use development, with a central block to be transformed into a public park. He said this first phase of civil works would be a boost for local jobs and the economy. 

“It’s great to see the project moving to the next stage and it’s more good news for the local economy,” Mr Knaggs said. “The cost of works to be completed in this first stage is approximately $25 million and it is estimated that at least 150 jobs will be generated in the construction and professional services sectors. “Over the longer term, the new CBD is expected to create more than 15,000 jobs and provide a $4.4 billion boost for the Sunshine Coast economy.”

The civil works construction will continue into early 2018 and will be completed by a range of contractors including Sunshine Coast-based firm Shadforths Civil Contractors; ENVAC for the AWCS pipe network and several sub-contractors.

Smart technology is being embedded throughout the Maroochydore City site with city-wide smart signage, Wi-fi, real time transport information, movement sensors, smart lighting in public places and access to a high speed, fibre optic digital network providing internet speeds equivalent to australia’s fastest.

The new Maroochydore City centre will create an energetic commercial and city lifestyle with night life, event venues, al fresco dining, boulevard shopping, urban recreation, community facilities and water’s edge experiences. 

The climate and existing natural assets of the Sunshine Coast have informed the city centre design, with 40 percent of the site to be waterways and parks.

Maroochydore City centre will be serviced by frequent and reliable public transport, with a transit plaza in the CBD catering for all modes of commuting and providing direct access to business, retail, dining and residential precincts.

This unparalleled development represents a region coming of age, attracting a new wave of residents, businesses and skilled workers who enjoy having first class facilities on their doorstep.


Maroochydore CBD Fast Facts



• SunCentral Maroochydore Pty Ltd was established by the Sunshine Coast Council in March 2015.
• The 53-hectare site was declared a Priority Development Area by the State Government in July 2013, planned for development over 20 years.
• 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 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, exhibition, convention and entertainment facilities, a premium hotel and recreational spaces.
• Approximately 40 per cent of the site will be parks, plazas 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.


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.
• Australia’s first CBD-wide automated underground waste collection system.
• Environmentally sustainable building design.


Investment Opportunities:

• 150,000m2 commercial Gross floor area
• 65,000m2 retail Gross floor area
• 2,000 residential apartments.


Lots in Stage 1 will be released to the market in 2016 offering:

• 36,000m2 Gross floor area for commercial uses
• 22,000m2 Gross floor area for retail uses
• 450 residential apartments



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Phone: +617 5452 7274


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