Quick Snips July 2014

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I know that I am getting repetitive but crikey it’s nice here. I just got back from sneaking away to Bali for 10 days and you really appreciate coming home to uncrowded clean beaches, clean water and fresh air. We really are very lucky to have what we have here on the Sunshine Coast. We are right in the middle of our “cold” spell for the year but looking at the forecast for the next week we still have top temperatures in the 20’s and double digit lows. It’s no wonder the kiwis and Victorians flock here at this time of year.
Speaking of our Kiwi connections, this years direct flights from Auckland to Sunshine Coast Airport have just kicked off again and will run through to October 26. This not only sets up a very easy entry direct to our shores but also creates the opportunity for us on the Coast to access the North Island for a quick getaway. After making the most of this opportunity last year it is very easy to recommend it for a very easy break whether its for a trip to the North Island ski fields, a drive up to the Bay of Islands or just hanging around Auckland’s restaurants and vineyards there are lots of good options for an easy access break.
There are more renovations going on at the Coolum Surf Club at the moment with a new kitchen and server going in. Interruptions to normal service should not be too much longer with work expected to be completed by the September school holidays.
There are some not very happy campers around the Springfield Avenue touch football fields in Coolum. After a previous refusal by council, the Planning and Environment Court has accepted the appeal by Sundale Retirement Village to build an additional 54 units on the football fields. This will now see the touch football fields relocate to a site behind the Coolum RSL adjoining the sporting precinct that includes the pool, tennis and netball courts and soccer and rugby league fields.
We mentioned previously that the new draft town planning scheme for the Sunshine Coast has now been lodged with the State Government. Two significant changes will apply to existing property owners. One is that there will only be one year to use or lose any existing approvals under the current planning scheme. The second change will allow any house to add up to 60m2 for a dual living purpose as long as a car space is provided, the addition is attached to the existing property and that the land size is 600m2 minimum.
There are a signs of market confidence starting to reappear across the coast with signs of improving prices and limited supply of property to sell. We have just been handed some promotional material for a new land release at Mudjimba to be called The Retreat. This will be 30 blocks of land ranging from 500m2 to 900m2. Average size is approximately 600m2. The development will lie between Mudjimba Beach Rd and Nojoor Rd just to the west of Conebush Street. At this stage we have not received any pricing but please let us know.
We also expect to have the first 9×3 bedroom townhouses at Coolum Fairways backing on to the Mount Coolum Golf Course to start marketing within the very near future. Again if anyone is interested in some preliminary information on these please contact any of our sales team.
I have been reliably told that the Environmental Impact Study for the new airport runway is supposed to be due in July. This will then be available for a public consultation period. Assuming that there are no insurmountable obstacles that arise, then the next discussion will almost certainly be around future funding and ownership of the Sunshine Coast Airport. By all reports the special CASA licence that the Sunshine Coast airport operates under and expires in 2020 will definitely not be renewed. So if the coast is to continue to have an operational airport beyond 2020 then some hard decisions will need to be made very soon. There seems very little appetite in this council to take on the debt required to fund the new runway which leaves selling off part or all of the airport as the most likely options to move forward. $500 million in todays terms is a lot for anyone to come up with for a regional airport. However if you also combine that with the unique opportunities available in planning, developing and building a whole new CBD in Maroochydore starting with a blank canvas then the possibilities start becoming a lot more tangible and exciting. 2014/2015 could be the start of some very interesting times.

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