Last Thursday Sunshine Coast Council voted in favour of the Sekisui development proposed to be built at Yaroomba; the original submission was revised to better accommodate the town plan and has been a controversial issue in the local community, with supporters and non-supporters.
The $900 million dollar development will be the only five-star resort on the Sunshine Coast, and is strategically placed near the airport which is also undergoing significant expansion. The entire development will be known as “Yaroomba Beach” and will be able to accommodate 1600 people on its 19-hectare site.
Developers have spoken of the benefits being in the areas of significant local employment (both construction and post-construction phase), increased tourists to the area, and a have forecast a $120 million-dollar boost to the Sunshine Coast regional economy annually.
At a glance, the infrastructure will include:
- New surf tower with beach access + reopen the former Hyatt Regency surf tower – creating additional patrolled areas for swimming;
- Creation of new roads and pathways into the village;
- Creation of new 6000m2 parkland with lakeside amphitheatre and stage, plus children’s playground;
- 2 x seven-storey buildings – Westin Resort and a seven-storey serviced apartment block, with other buildings a maximum of four storeys;
- Eco village with retail, dining and public space;
- High tech Coastal Discovery Centre and Coastal Discovery Trail – interactive displays and virtual reality;
- 180 public carparks and direct access to the patrolled beach;
Opponents of the development have expressed concerns about the impact to the local natural environment and ecosystems, as well as the size and scale of the development in relation to the Sunshine Coast Council’s own town plan. They are planning to appeal the decision.
At this stage, construction is due to commence in early 2019, depending on the outcome of the appeal.