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Units becoming a popular choice as Coast population grows

With Queensland’s population hitting the five million mark, experts say the housing market is set to benefit. MyWeeklyPreview | 17 May 2018 | Roxanne McCarty-O'Kane The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows Queensland’s projected population is set to reach five million this month, translating to a strong demand for property throughout the state. REIQ chairman Rob Honeycombe says the real estate market, and the wider economy, will benefit from such...

Update on the Coast Projects

Extract from the Sunshine Coast Daily | 24 May 2018 Sunshine Coast has been busy with excellent growth and developments with major infrastructure projects under way in the region.  Below is a status report on these projects. Sunshine Coast Airport - new east-west runway The $347 million runway extension when completed it will open the region to more domestic and international destinations, including Singapore and Perth. It includes a new...

New shopping centre to bring new brands to the Coast

Tenants for Birtinya - Stockland set to announce big outside brands for $87m centre Sunshine Coast Daily Article | by Stuart Cumming | May 14 2018 NATIONAL brands not yet established on the Coast and some grown from the region will be among the tenants at a new shopping centre expected to open before Christmas. Stockland Sunshine Coast regional manager Ben Simpson said he couldn't yet reveal which tenants would join...

Few budget surprises for Coast residents

Sunshine Coast Daily Article | Sherele Moddy and Rae Wilson | 8 May 2018 IT was slim pickings in the Federal Budget for Sunshine Coast residents on Tuesday. The region's big spending commitments - $390 million for the region's rail duplication between Beerburrum and Nambour and the $3.3 billion for key Bruce Highway upgrades were announced in the weeks leading up to the budget. The Federal Government is continuing to fund the...

Major new Coast steel plant to employ 80 workers

Sunshine Coast Daily News Article | 18 April 2018 A MAJOR new manufacturing plant has opened on the Sunshine Coast which will soon provide 80 full-time jobs. Network Steel and Aluminium's new base at Kunda Park was officially opened today by Mayor Mark Jamieson. It will employ 12 workers in the short term with ambitions to expand to 80 as it duplicates the scale of its Brisbane factory. The company has been...

Campus to accommodate foreign students

Sunshine Coast Daily Article | 6th April 2018 | Stuart Cumming FOREIGN dollars are expected to flow back to benefit Coast university students with the launch of a new metropolitan campus. The University of the Sunshine Coast has solidified its stake in central Sydney with the opening of a campus to accommodate foreign students. It comes after the university partnered with Australian Technical and Management College in 2016 to open campuses in...

New Coast Shopping Centre will be a blast from the past

Sunshine Coast Daily Article | 14 Mar 2018 | by Stuart Cumming AN OLD idea recycled on the Coast with modern flair will demonstrate the future of retail hubs in Australia, according to an industry boss with 35 years experience. Stockland group executive and CEO of commercial property, John Schroder, touted his company's Birtinya Town Centre as a shopping blueprint for the future. He toured the Kawana Way site on Wednesday morning. His...

2200 jobs to come in $300m, region-defining Coast project

Sunshine Coast Daily Article | Updated 1 Mar 2018 | by Stuart Cumming THE "majority" of the 2200 jobs expected to be created in the coming years of construction at Sunshine Coast Airport will go to local workers. That was the best explanation John Holland Group Queensland and Northern Territory general manager Jim Salmon could offer at the announcement of his firm's $225 million contract win on Thursday. "The key focus...

New runway construction contract winner

SCD article | 24 Feb 2018 | by Stuart Cumming SUNSHINE Coast Council has chosen the winning bidder for construction of a new runway at Sunshine Coast Airport. But the council is not expected to announce contract details of the major works until next week. Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion project director Ross Ullman told councillors at a special meeting on Thursday five tenders received in November last year had been...

Huge Changes Coming to Sunshine Plaza

Sunshine Coast Daily Article | 2 Feb 2018 | by Sarah Barnham CONSTRUCTION has begun on the next phase of the $400 million expansion of Sunshine Plaza. The expansion will include construction of 100 new speciality stores including a David Jones and Big W. The Plaza will expand from 73,000 square metres to more than 107,000 square metres and several stores inside have had to relocate to make way for...

Construction set to start on $22.5 million Coast Sport Hub

Sunshine Coast Daily Article |  31st Jan 2018 | by Stuart Cumming WORK on a $22.5 million Coast sporting hub is set to begin with ground expected to be turned in coming weeks. A new high-performance gym, O2 Performance, will be the main tenant for the first stage of the Birtinya development. Sunshine Coast Community and Sporting Club director Darryl Van de Velde said the milestone was significant, considering discussions...

Revealed: When first streets of new Coast CBD will open

Sunshine Coast Daily Article | 25th Jan 2018 | by Scott Sawyer FROM the second half of this year the first streets of the region's new city centre will be open to the public. Work is rolling on at the Maroochydore City Centre site and development manager SunCentral's CEO John Knaggs said the first commercial buildings would also start to rise from the ground in the latter half of this year....

Fast rail: Travel from the Coast to Brisbane in 45 minutes

Sunshine Coast Daily Article | 18th Jan 2018 5:00 AM | Updated: 9:24 AM | Sarah Barnham THE Sunshine Coast has been shortlisted for a fast rail project that would slash travel time to Brisbane to 45 minutes. The project, North Coast Connect, is being pushed by an alliance of Queensland federal MPs, led by Fairfax MP Ted O'Brien, and a high profile corporate consortium, including Stockland, KPMG, Urbis and...

Major support behind coast billion $ fast rail project

18th Jan 2018 12:40 PM | Sunshine Coast Daily Article | Sarah Barnham THE state's leading motoring body is on board with plans to build a fast rail system that would cut travel time from the Coast to Brisbane down to 45 minutes. RACQ spokesman Paul Turner said the organisation would "enthusiastically” back the alliance of Queensland federal MP's and high-profile corporate consortium pushing the Turnbull government for project funding....

Massive airport expansion contract ‘imminent’

27th Nov 2017 11:07 AM | Sunshine Coast Article | Stuart Cumming ANNOUNCEMENT of a winning contractor to build a new runway at Sunshine Coast Airport is "imminent", according to expansion project director Ross Ullman. His team will on Thursday recommend to a Sunshine Coast Council meeting the best way to proceed in regards to five bids short-listed for the runway construction contract. The special meeting, which will be closed...

Construction starts on $87 million Coast shopping centre

14th Dec 2017 5:00 AM | Sunshine Coast Daily Article CONSTRUCTION is under way on a new shopping centre after Stockland's Birtinya Town Centre masterplan development received state and local government approval. Stockland managing director and CEO, Mark Steinert, said the $830 million masterplan defined a vision for a mixed-use precinct for the $5 billion Oceanside community. Stockland group executive John Schroder said earthworks on the $87 million shopping centre...

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