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Clearing work begins at Yaroomba Beach's once-controversial beachfront site

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Clearing has begun on a beachfront site to prepare for the construction of a gated residential community at Yaroomba Beach.

The Dennis Family Corporation, which purchased the site from another developer, Sekisui House, said in a press release there would be minimal interruptions to the public as work is undertaken.

“Contractors have started work on clearing Dennis Family Corporation’s Yaroomba Beach site, in preparation for earthworks, after Sunshine Coast Regional Council issued approval to commence,” a Dennis Family Corporation spokesperson said.

Related story: Developer confirms construction plans for Yaroomba site

“More than 10 years after the last Beachside precinct was delivered, the disused golf course site will be transformed into a premium gated residential community.

“All clearing work is being done in the presence of a wildlife spotter, in accordance with the fauna management plan approved by council.

“Hours of work will be 7am until 6pm, Monday through Saturday, in accordance with council guidelines.”

The spokesperson said a 20-metre-wide vegetation buffer would be retained along David Low Way in line with a vegetation covenant on the site.

“Earthworks and the importation of fill will follow to meet stormwater and flood requirements in accordance with the operational works approval,” they said.

“Construction access for the works is at the south-western end of the site, using an existing access off David Low Way. Yaroomba Drive will not be used for access.

“With the secure fencing of the site, no access is permitted, as required by workplace health and safety regulations.

“The pathway between Beach Access 91 to the Yaroomba Meeting Place remains open for use.

“Details for the next stage to expand on the existing Beachside community are being finalised and forecast to be released to market mid-2024.”

Once completed the development will feature a residential gated community including detached houses, terrace homes and apartments, in accordance with the existing 2007 Coolum Hyatt development approval, as a continuation of the Coolum Beachside Community Title Scheme.

The Dennis Family Corporation has emphasised that its plans have no connection to the controversial 2015 Sekisui application that included a five-star, seven-storey hotel alongside apartments and two and three-storey homes.

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