New CBD seal­ing the fu­ture for Sun­shine Coast

Project reaches ma­jor mile­stone as streets, cy­cle­ways and ur­ban square start to take shape dur­ing stage one of project

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THE new Maroochydore CBD is help­ing to shape the Sun­shine Coast’s fu­ture.

New streets, cy­cle paths, walk­ways and an ur­ban square are start­ing to take shape, breath­ing life into the heart of the re­gion.

An im­por­tant mile­stone for the project was reached this month, with Mayor Mark Jamieson un­veil­ing the street names for the first stage. The names ac­knowl­edge el­e­ments of our past, present and bright fu­ture, in­clud­ing Fes­ti­val Pa­rade, Light­ning Lane, Fu­ture Way, Sun­shine Coast Pa­rade, Mun­doo Boule­vard, Gaba Lane, South Sea Is­lan­der Way, Mar­ket Lane, Fair­way Drive, Red Bill Lane and First Av­enue.

“We have come a long way since the first as­phalt was poured on site back in April,’’ SunCen­tral CEO John Knaggs said.

“Our kerb and chan­nelling in stage one is near­ing com­ple­tion and some of the street signs are be­ing in­stalled.

“We have also in­stalled the frame­work for strik­ing new shel­ter struc­tures that will be a dis­tinc­tive fea­ture of the shaded pedes­trian ar­eas in the new CBD.”

With in­fra­struc­ture now com­ing out of the ground and be­com­ing very vis­able, it’s im­por­tant those tasked with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of de­vel­op­ing the 53ha greenfield CBD site get it right.

Mr Knaggs is ex­cited by the chal­lenge and points to the gen­er­a­tions who will ben­e­fit from the jobs cre­ated on such a prime site. A game-changer for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions with the Sun­shine Coast in­evitably headed for a pop­u­la­tion of 500,000.

“This will cre­ate 15,000 long-term jobs di­rectly as a con­tem­po­rary new CBD when it comes out of the ground.

“It gives a long-term im­pe­tus to the Sun­shine Coast.

“It is in­cred­i­bly re­ward­ing to see this vi­sion be­come a re­al­ity. Be­fore we know it the Maroochydore CBD will be­come the thriv­ing, wel­com­ing city heart it was in­tended to be.“

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

MAROOCHY CBD artist im­pres­sion of The Corso.

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