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'So much about to happen': the major milestone that has put $130m wave park project on a roll

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A $130 million water-themed tourist attraction is almost ready to roll on the Sunshine Coast, with hundreds of jobs expected to flow.

Developer Sanad Capital, which already has approval for the long-awaited tourism drawcard, this week lodged major infrastructure plans for the site on Steve Irwin Way at Glenview.

This encapsulates bulk earthworks, civil works, drainage, stormwater, vegetation clearing, road access and carparking and could mean a project start date is just months away.

Sanad’s plans incorporate a 160-villa family resort called Invigorate, a water park (Actventure) and wave pool (Endless Surf).

Elements include “multi-generational’’ one to four-bedroom villas and glamping, free fall, raft and tube slides up to 14m high, food and retail, a microbrewery, open air cinema and water-based activities, including stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking.

An artist’s impression of one of the villas to be part of the Invigorate Resort at Glenview.

Managing director Bradley P. Sutherland said that after five years of hard work and millions of dollars invested, the project had reached a major milestone.

“What we have just lodged are plans for all the key infrastructure … bulk earthworks, civil works, major engineering … all the big stuff, to light up the whole site’s 25 hectares for construction,’’ Mr Sutherland said. “It is very exciting and so much is about to happen.

“What we are doing will be great for the local economy during the construction phase and then deliver many ongoing benefits. Once fully operational, it is estimated that Actventure, Invigorate Resort and Endless Surf will support some 320 jobs, many suited to the Sunshine Coast’s young people.

“The construction wages bill alone over the life of the project is expected to be more than $30m and we will be generating some 364 construction jobs, or an average of 150 FTE workers for each year of construction.’’

The site along Steve Irwin Way at Glenview.

Sunshine Coast Council will now have 45 working days to look at the infrastructure plans and then the more detailed design work on buildings will follow.

Mr Sutherland said much already had been done on this and he hoped the detailed design would be signed off by the end of September.

“We could be coming out of the ground by November with early bulk earthworks.

“We want to work on many of the elements simultaneously and open everything at Christmas in 2023.’’

The “cocooning’’ or staycation boom related to COVID-19, and Brisbane and South-East Queensland’s coup in securing the 2032 Olympic Games, are expected to deliver a major boost to the attraction.

The plan for the integrated accommodation, water park and surf pool.

So, too, will the region’s anticipated growth.  An economic report revealed future population growth would continue to be focused on the nearby Aura and Harmony communities, as well as within the Beerwah East future growth area, to which the Invigorate Resort will be a key local facility and Major Attraction.

“For residents of these growing communities, the Actventure waterpark and Endless Surf will be closer than local beaches, whilst Invigorate Resort will provide accommodation opportunities for visiting friends and relatives,’’ the Urban Economics report said.

A Sunshine Coast Council spokesperson said the Actventure water park proposal on Steve Irwin Way had a number of land use approvals in place and two current applications under consideration.

“In April 2015, council approved the first application to create the Sunshine Coast Water Park Master Plan over the site,” the spokesperson said.

“Bulk earthworks and a number of land use applications have since been approved, including a resort complex and tourist attraction.

“In accordance with council’s approval and before construction can commence, a number of further permits and infrastructure is required.”

Surf Parks plan hits public notification stage

Just 20km south, at Moby Vic’s Glass House Mountains, the wave pool project proposed by Surf Parks Australia also is advancing.

It is applying for a material change of use that would allow two rural-zoned parcels to be used for tourism.

The Public Notification period, where people can make submissions, is underway.

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