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:
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.