Quick Snips December 2012

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It looks like all roads will definitely be heading to the Sunshine Coast throughout this summer. In what is shaping up to be the busiest holiday period that we have seen here in years, the whole of the month of December is already very close to being fully booked. Hot sunny days, calm seas and ideal beach conditions are leaving no excuses to not get to the beach and are also providing a perfect lead in to the Australian PGA which will be held this year from December 13-16. Tournament organizers have again managed to pull together a brilliant field of golfers including overseas representatives Rory Sabbatini and Darren Clark who will join Australian stars Greg Norman, Geoff Ogilvie, Robert Allenby and John Senden just to name a few. Holding the tournament this close to Christmas has obviously encouraged a lot of people to lengthen their stay which is going to provide a very welcome boost to local businesses and accommodation providers. Bookings for January are also strong and if this run of fine weather holds we could expect the bookings to keep coming. After the last three years of continuous run this could be the break everyone has been looking for.
When everyone does get here they are in for a treat. At the time of writing this, the finishing touches were being put to Coolum’s new streetscaping with wider footpaths linking the Esplanade shops, changed traffic flows, and changes to Tickle Park. Marcoola’s commercial strip is still two weeks from completion but the transformation is starting to take shape as we speak. Power poles are due to be removed on the 8th December and final landscaping should be installed at the same time. Whilst it has been five months of work and interruptions to local businesses and residents the results speak for themselves and could have not been better timed to serve the masses that are about to hit the Coast.
Coolum’s twilight markets have commenced for the summer holidays. Every Friday for the next eight weeks from 4-8pm up to 70 stalls will be set up in Tickle park with supporting rides and face painting for the kids.
Coolum’s other newest tourist attraction is now on display at Palmers Resort. Jeff the T-Rex dinosaur has been unveiled and is now looking over the golf course from in front of the club house. At 8.5 meters high, 20 meters long and weighing 2 tones he definitely stands out in a crowd. If all publicity is good publicity Coolum’s profile will go through the roof for as long as Clive hangs around. Eventually he hopes to have up to 150 variations of the prehistoric creatures set up around the resort. I am pretty sure that we will be the only place that will have it’s own dinosaur park. Clive is definitely wanting to do things differently (his way you might say) and is still promoting his concept to produce a mega resort accommodation development over the parabolic dune and fronting on to the beach. He may be getting offside with the leadership of the current state government on many issues it is interesting to see that the current council is not being very vocal against this proposal. It may be because Clive is the only person on the Coast with enough money to actually build
anything at the moment and the council are willing to consider all options and do everything they can to get anything happening.
Earthworks have now commenced on the new Horton Park golf course to be built on the cane fields at Bli Bli. Driving along the David Low Way past the Ski and Skurf you can see the first signs of activity. They certainly have a blank canvas to work with. The site is as flat as a tack as far as you can see so I can only imagine that there is going to be quite a few water courses to manage the water drainage on what is undoubtedly a flood plain. This should quickly start taking shape over the next year and it will be interesting to watch it unfold.
The drive to Bli Bli was an eye opener for me to see the amount of new development going on there. The shopping centre just over the bridge is undergoing a substantial expansion and to the southern side of Bli Bli castle as you head into Maroochydore is the new Cutters Ridge residential development. Approximately 130 very good sized residential blocks have appeared in what you would have to think is going to be very well positioned precinct only minutes from the new golf course and north shore beaches but also within very close proximity to the redeveloping Maroochydore CBD.
Our last In Rooms auction for 2012 will be held on Thursday December 6th at Ramada Marcoola. 14 properties are being offered on the night and will see us hit a milestone in offering our 100th property through this course. It is difficult to understate how successful this program has been since we started in October 2011 with an overall clearance rate approaching 80% in what has been a tumultuous year for property sales. If you are considering buying or selling at the moment please talk to any of our sales teams in our Coolum and Marcoola offices to get a clear understanding of current market conditions and any options that may be available to you.
Well I think that is enough from me for 2012. It’s time to start putting the Christmas lights up and getting into the Christmas spirit. On behalf of all of us at North Shore Realty I would like to thank everyone for your support during the last twelve months and offer our best wishes to you and your families this Christmas. Please stay safe and may 2013 bring bigger and better opportunities to everyone.

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