Pineap­ple project out of the blocks

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THE first blocks have been re­leased at a $500 mil­lion res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity in Cen­tral Queens­land.

De­vel­oper Homecorp will con­vert the 130ha for­mer pineap­ple farm into 950 lots dur­ing the next decade, with about 2500 peo­ple ex­pected to live at The Pines on com­ple­tion.

The master­plan in­cludes var­i­ous lot sizes and home de­signs, re­tail space, 55ha of sur­round­ing com­mer­cial land, more than 25ha of open space and 10km of walk­ing and cy­cling paths.

Homecorp CEO Ron Bakir said the precinct was in­te­gral to Capricorn Coast eco­nomic devel­op­ment and job cre­ation.

More than $2 mil­lion has al­ready been spent on in­fra­struc­ture and roads, in­clud­ing the in­ter­sec­tion of the Rock­hamp­ton Yep­poon Rd and the fu­ture The Pines Boule­vard.

“Over the next 10 years, The Pines will help cre­ate more than 500 job op­por­tu­ni­ties for the re­gion,” Mr Bakir said.

He de­scribed it as one of the most sig­nif­i­cant res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ments in Yep­poon’s con­struc­tion his­tory, promis­ing it would rev­o­lu­tionise the area’s prop­erty mar­ket while bring­ing Aus­tralia’s lead­ing broad­band and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy to res­i­dents.

The sales cen­tre would show an over­view of the mas­ter­planned com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing all recre­ational and open spa­ces, while a home de­sign cen­tre would al­low buy­ers to use an in­ter­ac­tive touch screen to vi­su­alise in­di­vid­ual house de­signs on a block within the com­mu­nity.

An up­graded trail will lead from Yep­poon’s CBD to The Pines’ com­mu­nity, fam­i­lyfriendly dog parks and an all­weather sport and recre­ation precinct.

“It’s a spe­cial mo­ment for me as CEO of Homecorp to wit­ness the start of some­thing so spe­cial,” Mr Bakir said.

“This place will be home to thou­sands of con­nected and happy peo­ple all en­joy­ing the unique ben­e­fits of a cut­tingedge com­mu­nity that every­one will want to be part of.”

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