Sunshine Coast wave pool rivals head to planning court
Rival wave pool developers are ready to take their stoush on the Sunshine Coast Council’s decision to fast-track a new application to the Queensland Planning and Environment Tribunal.
Surf Parks Australia plans to build a wave park were approved in December for a 13.4ha site on the west side of the Bruce Highway at Johnston Road, Glass House Mountains.
Only 20 km away Sanad Capital has plans for its own wave pool, adventure park and resort at 2652 Steve Irwin Way, Glenviewwhich has been in the works since 2015.
The “theme park” project includes a 160-key complex with a mix of eco villas, the Act-venture Water park with 20 slidespool bar and associated retail, which was approved in the first stage of the project.
The second stage would add 90 units to the site, expand tourist activities and include the construction of a wave pool named “Endless Surf”.
by Sanad The site is close to a golf course and a go-kart track, and 12 km from the Australia Zoo.
The $130 million project was approved in mid-2020 and Sanad appointed Shadforth to complete the civil works at the site in January.
The latest addition to the plans, adding 74 more units to the 25ha site, was filed two weeks after the Sunshine Coast Council gave Surf Parks fast-track approval.
Sanad filed an objection to Surf Parks Australia’s approval on January 24 and the hearing was set at the Planning and Environment Tribunal for March 30.
Grounds for appeal included that the plans were inconsistent with rural land use, were not within existing tourist areas, compromised agricultural land, did not improve the area or maintained levels appropriate approvals.
However, these surf parks aren’t the only wave developments planned for the Sunshine Coast.
Consolidated Properties is planning a “surf ranch” with the World Surf League on a 510ha site at 358 Yandina coolum Road, coolumabout 40 km north of the other two applications.
The project was announced in September 2019, however, plans have yet to be filed.
Consolidated Properties was in preliminary talks with the state government to identify the land as a priority development area in late 2020 – there were no further updates on the status of the project.
Consolidated properties are not returned The urban developer requests for comment at the time of publication.