The development application has been approved for a Tourist Attraction (Surf Park), located on Jonhstone Road and Bruce Highway, Glass House Mountains, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
Designed by Sprout Architects, the proposal sought a regionally significant tourism orientated surf and water sporting park, with viewing beach, restaurants and retail.
The development by Surf Parks Australia will provide an American Wave Machine technology that has been delivered around the world and accredited by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) with their latest wave pool completed in Tokyo as part of the 2021 Olympic Facilities.
– Pool (315m long x 92m wide)
– Small swimming pool
– Building (8.5m in height) and viewing deck
– Holistic surfing experience
– Wave pool and associated amenities
– Wellness centre (yoga and meditation)
– Paddock to plate food and beverage
– Ocean and marine protection education
– Learn to surf classes and surf coaching
– Car park and drop off
– Entry ticketing and reception area
– Bar, a kitchen, an ancillary shop
– Equipment hire room
– Lounge area, seating space and amenities
– Meeting room, office and storage space.
– Bi-folding doors to open space
– Internal public and external public space connections
– A wide overhang and overlapping roof forms
– 6am to 9pm 7 days a week.
In an announcement by the World Surf League (WSL), the proposal would span a 13.433 hectare site in Glenview (Glass House Mountains) and deliver a state of the art would class sporting and tourism facility.
Rick Baberowski, Deputy Mayor and Divisional Councillor for Sunshine Coast Regional Council outlined the approval represented a major planning milestone for the project and was potentially a critical step towards the first major new tourism offering on the Sunshine Coast in decades.
“Once completed, this surf park will attract a new range of visitors to our region, visitors who would most likely extend their length of stay and generate a substantial economic benefit”.
“These sorts of development are a significant sign of further confidence in the future of our region, which all helps to deliver new facilities and services to meet the needs of our communities”.
“Our tourism industry contributes $3 billion to our local economy every year and our offering on the Sunshine Coast needs to continue to dynamically evolve to appeal to a wide variety of interests”.
“At the end of the day, our community is the ultimate winner as we continue to attract appropriate new investment to our healthy, smart and creative region,” Cr Baberowski said.
Craig Morrison, Surf Parks Australia CEO thanked the council for the ongoing support throughout the development application and investment assistance program process.
“We appreciate the strong support from the council, their assistance and diligent approach to ensuring all relevant planning matters were thoroughly addressed”.
“We strategically selected the Moby Vic’s location for this project due to its ease of access, proximity to both the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay regions as well as the added benefit of minimal disruption to our community and our local environment”.
“The overall development will support the local building and construction industry as well as provide future employment for locals”.
“It is predicted that around 60 -100 jobs are likely to be provided both directly and indirectly as a result of the construction of this development, expected to start as early as next year”.
“It will also provide future employment opportunities for a number of tourism professionals.” Mr Morrison said.
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The Application Information and References
– Date Lodged: 23/12/2020
– Date Approved: 9/12/2021
– Media Statement: Sunshine Council Announcement
– Council: Sunshine Coast Regional Council
– Council Reference: MCU20/0381
– Address: Bruce Highway, Glass House Mountains, Sunshine Coast
– Zone: Rural
– Planning Report: Project Urban
– Architects Plan: Sprout Architects
– Interactive Image: Google Aerial and Streetview
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