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.

After a joint venture deal was struck last year which is set to create a new city hall and possible university campuses in the new CBD Mr Knaggs said they were currently closing in on finalising deals for at least two other commercial buildings.

Vision: An artist’s impression of the new urban square in the Maroochydore CBD – SunCentral

He expected those to be complete within the next month or so and said 2018 was shaping up as a “really exciting year”.

The first six months of this year will be busy as civil works are wrapped up on Stage 1A, in the northern third of the 53ha site, and above-ground works become visible with roads to be surfaced, footpaths constructed and landscaping to be carried out.

Expressions of interest are currently out for telecommunications providers to deliver digital services to the $430 million project.

Mr Knaggs said they would negotiate with providers to lock down the best option to deliver Wi-Fi, fibre optic connections and maximum speeds, capacities and connections to attract business to the commercial hub.

He said targeting government decentralisation into the CBD remained a priority.

Mr Knaggs said technology initiatives would be littered throughout the site, with all public infrastructure running costs to be offset by the Sunshine Coast Council’s Valdora solar farm.

Mr Knaggs said the Aerodrome Road-Maud Street intersection upgrade was due for completion by the end of 2018 and expected the first residential developments to begin from early-2019.

A fast rail access has been accommodated for in planning and designs also as the North Coast Connect bid for Brisbane-Maroochydore fast rail ramps up.

Updates: Work progresses on the first stage of the new Maroochydore city centre – SunCentral