Hundreds of Sunshine Coast residents have had their say on the Yaroomba Beach proposal by Sekisui House, with more than two thirds of residents giving the $900 million coastal village plan the thumbs up.
The Yaroomba Beach proposal – to turn a disused golf course into a sustainable coastal village and 5 star international Westin Coolum Resort & Spa – was presented to the community via a listening post at Mt Coolum Shopping Centre and the project website.
The 7 storey Westin Coolum Resort & Spa with conference facilities is at the centre of a village heart combined with retail, dining, residential and first class public spaces set against the backdrop of Mt Coolum.
A new park with views back to the mountain is the centrepiece of more than 3.3 hectares of public open space, lake and pedestrian pathways through protected bushland to the beach.
As the region’s premier 5 star hotel and resort, the Westin Coolum Resort & Spa will leverage the $350m expansion of Sunshine Coast Airport to tap directly into the lucrative Asia Pacific tourism market as well as provide the luxury short term accommodation required to incentivise airlines to fly direct to the Coast.
Sekisui House Development Manager, Mr Evan Aldridge, thanked the community for taking the time to go online or visit the Listening Post to view the proposal, ask questions and provide their views.
“Yaroomba Beach is a game changer for the local economy and for the greater Sunshine Coast and it was important to us that residents had an opportunity to view the proposal and have their say early,” he said.
“It was really pleasing to see so many local residents take advantage of the opportunity to view the information and speak with the experts in town planning, building design, traffic, lighting and the environment we had available.”
Mr Aldridge said 418 people visited the listening post between 30 November and 17 December, with the Yaroomba Beach website attracting 2,297 unique visitors during the same period.
“In all, we received 690 feedback submissions on the proposal with 68% of these supportive of the project and the social, economic and environmental benefits it will provide the whole of the Sunshine Coast,” he said.
“This level of support is fantastic.
“All of the feedback we have received will be provided in a report to Sunshine Coast Council and will assist us in preparing the Development Application we intend to lodge in 2017.”