A new master-planned $3 billion community for 12,000 to 15,000 Sunshine Coast residents was launched on Wednesday as the next step in coping with south-east Queensland’s population growth.
Sunshine Coast's new Palmview residential estate will be home for 12,000 to 15,000 new residents.Photo: Supplied
Harmony will create 9000 jobs, both full-time and shorter-term contract jobs during its construction and afterwards as the centre is established.
“It’s not every day that a $3 billion project commences in the region,” Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said.
“One that will provide homes to more than 12,000 of the total of 17,000 people who will live in the overall master-planned community at Palmview.
“The Coast will benefit hugely from the 9000-plus jobs that will come online as a result.”
It is the second-largest new master-planned residential estate for the Sunshine Coast in 12 months meaning homes for an extra 62,000 to 65,000 residents on the Sunshine Coast in a collective $8 billion investment by two property developers.
The former Caloundra South project – now Stockland’s $5 billion Aura development – was started in October 2015.
Aura, on Caloundra’s southern shoulder, is hoped to eventually be home to 50,000 residents – the size of Gladstone.
It follows comments by respected social geographer Bob Stimson in 2015 that “12 Springfields” were needed to cope with south-east Queensland’s population growth, which will add 2.2 million people over the next 25 years.
Springfield is a master-planned community south of Ipswich that was launched in 1992 and now has about 30,000 residents in five suburbs.
Wednesday’s announcement by property developers Avid Property Group and the Sunshine Coast Council that the Palmview development would begin after 10 years of talks means new homes for a further 12,000 to 15,000 people.
Another 5000 residents will live in a separate, private development next to Harmony.
The first onsite work will be building Peter Crosby Way into Harmony at Palmview, beside Sippy Downs, Cr Jamieson said on Wednesday.
Building Peter Crosby Way off Claymore Drive at Sippy Downs will take about 12 months.
Peter Crosby is the name of the Palmview farmer whose estate sold 212 hectares of land to allow two Palmview developments to proceed.
“Harmony’s main entry road – Peter Crosby Way – will not only service future Harmony residents and those in neighbouring communities, but also pays homage to the site’s Crosby family history,” he said.
The Queensland government has put in $5 million as a loan, Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said.
“The $5 million committed in loan funding from the state will accelerate the delivery of water and sewerage infrastructure to the development,” she said.
Sunshine Coast Council will put in $9 million towards the $18 million to build Peter Crosby Way and a bridge by extending Claymore Drive over Sippy Creek leading into the large new suburb.
What the Harmony development includes
- 4800 to 5000 homes for 12,000 future residents;
- 100 hectares of open space within the 385 hectare site;
- the Sunshine Coast Environment Council questioned the impact on Eastern Grey kangaroos;
- a future delivery of a 15,250 square metre “town centre”, with higher density living, with mixed retail and small business;
- a department store in preliminary planning;
- a future pool is considered.
Avid Property Group general manager Bruce Harper said the property developers aimed to have the development unfold over 15 to 20 years.
Mr Harper said Avid, previously Investa, had taken 10 years to plan the Harmony development and was “thrilled” the project was under way.
The display village for the site would begin in early 2017.
It also adds pressure on state and federal governments to keep pace with infrastructure needed on the Sunshine Coast – as much as the Gold Coast – as the population swells.
The pair of master-planned residential developments are the first two large residential communities in south-east Queensland since the announcement made by former premier Anna Bligh in 2010 of new mega-cities in Ripley and Yarrabilba and Greater Flagstone between Ipswich and Logan.
Before this, only Springfield – which now includes residents in Springfield, Springfield Lakes, Brookwater, Brookwater and Augustine Heights – had been planned for greenfield population growth.
Date: 17th August 2016
Author: Tony Moore