Art class in the park, with views back to the 5 Star The Westin Coolum Resort & Spa and Mount Coolum

Yaroomba Beach sets new record for submissions of support

The Yaroomba Beach development application has broken all records for submissions of support in the history of development on the Sunshine Coast.

More than 3,000 submissions of support, were registered with Sunshine Coast Council as of 4pm Tuesday 16 January, which is the last day of the public notification for the proposed new world class coastal residential village and international tourism destination.

That figure is expected to increase as Council officers process last minute submissions.

By comparison, previous well supported development applications for shopping centres in Coolum and Buderim attracted just 400 submissions of support.

Yaroomba Beach Project Director Evan Aldridge said the result demonstrated the Sunshine Coast community’s support for what the project brings to the Coast.

“It is clear that the Sunshine Coast community understands the significant benefits that this project will bring to the region, and have given Yaroomba Beach an enormous vote of confidence,” he said.

“I would like to thank the thousands of Sunshine Coast residents who took the time to show their support.

“This support has come from everyday people right across the Coast – couples wanting to enjoy the restaurants and day spa facilities of the resort, mums and dads who want a place to take the kids, job seekers looking for hospitality careers, retirees who want to downsize, family businesses large and small, and the trades and suppliers who will build this new destination for the region.

“Business and tourism and organisations have strongly supported our project because they know it will deliver on Sunshine Coast Council’s economic development policies to create new jobs, new tourism, new housing and new public spaces.”

Mr Aldridge said Yaroomba Beach was a once in a generation project that would meet the current and future needs of the Sunshine Coast in a world class coastal village setting.

“We are working in partnership with TAFE to ensure graduates are job ready – so they can live locally, train locally and work locally,” he said.

“It provides new tourism infrastructure by building the first 5 Star resort on the Sunshine Coast in 30 years, bring The Westin quality brand to the coast and provide much needed integrated conference facilities.”

Mr Aldridge said the project would be built to the highest environmental and ecotourism standards.

“The ongoing beach ecology research being undertaken be USC will feature in our Coastal Discovery Centre to promote and educate visitors and residents of the native fauna and flora that surrounds the site,” he said.

“Combined with our world class sustainability credentials, this will enable us to target the highest level possible of advanced ecotourism certification.”

Mr Aldridge said Council officers would now complete their assessment of the development application, which would then be voted on by Sunshine Coast Councillors.