Buildings topple for new Maroochydore city heart

ACTION at the Sunshine Coast region's future city heart has begun with the demolition of buildings from the Dolphin Centre to the old Bendigo Bank.

The council-acquired commercial properties on the perimeter of Horton Park Golf Club are being demolished to make way for a new intersection extending First Ave across Aerodrome Rd.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said people would begin to see the immense size of the future Maroochydore City Centre within weeks.

"I don't think people realise the enormity of this project and that it is the only greenfield CBD development in Australia," he said.

"We have a blank page - 53 hectares of land to transform into a future business centre, setting the Sunshine Coast apart from other locations across Australia.

"The Maroochydore City Centre will be instrumental in building and strengthening the economic and civic base of our region.''

Demolition work is expected to be completed by late September, when the site will be graded, stabilised and fenced until infrastructure work begins in 2015.

Following demolition, the project will focus on operational works and delivering key infrastructure.

Regional Projects Portfolio Councillor Tim Dwyer said most business owners affected by the demolition had relocated to new and improved premises elsewhere in Maroochydore.

"All neighbouring business owners and residents have been advised of the upcoming works which have been approved to take place Monday to Friday from 7am to 5pm and may include occasional work on Saturdays from 7am to 5pm,'' he said.

"Night works will only be considered to minimise disruption or where there may be a risk to public safety.

"All efforts will be made to minimise disruption to the public and a comprehensive traffic management plan will be deployed."

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Cr Dwyer said there would be minimal delays for motorists and in the interest of pub

lic safety, the site would be fully fenced.

"A major transport access will ultimately be created through the new Maroochydore City Centre to service all of the Maroochydore business area," Cr Dwyer said.

"This first construction stage will be a major boost for investment confidence in the region.

"Council's investment in the land will enable construction of much-needed infrastructure to improve traffic issues and provide for future transport needs in Maroochydore and, over time, develop a civic, com

mercial, cultural and recreational core for the region.

"It will eventually establish Maroochydore as the leading business, employment and community services hub, which is what the region is seeking to achieve through its new economic development strategy."

The council has embarked on more detailed precinct planning and design of the first stage of development in readiness for the golf club's departure in May next year.

The council resumed the Horton Park golf course site by agreement in 2012.

Cr Jamieson said the project would be the catalyst to support existing Maroochydore commercial investment and explore new business opportunities with a focus on diversifying the economy.

"Maroochydore City will thrive and prosper if all components - the City Centre, Sunshine Plaza, Ocean St, Duporth Ave, Aerodrome Rd and others - are connected and all doing well," he said.