Locale attracts savvy first home buyers

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The contemporary and vibrant Sunshine Coast townhomes at Locale in Maroochydore are being snapped up with more than 85 percent of the development already sold, of these, 20 percent selling to first home buyers wanting to take advantage of the government’s grant before it expires on 30 June. Construction is due to be completed in […]

Aussies to tackle remote infrastructure project

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An Australian company has been tasked with delivering one of the world’s most remote civil and marine construction projects, with Hall Contracting having been contracted by the Government of Tokelau to upgrade reef passages and construct four new wharves in the remote island nation of Tokelau. The works — which will see Tokelauan locals benefit […]

The Retail Evolution

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Just as Uber has disrupted the taxi industry and Airbnb has impacted on the accommodation sector, retail is facing its own disruptions. Last year, we saw the collapse of many leading retail brands and this instability in the retail landscape appears to be continuing in 2018. In a period of increased competition, rising business costs […]

Security of payment reforms have serious implications for building and construction industry

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Upcoming changes to legislation within the Queensland building and construction industry will have serious implications to developers, builders, sub-contractors and suppliers, if not properly understood. Brendan Bathersby, Partner at Garland Waddington, Maroochydore, warns that significant penalties, including jail time, could be imposed for failure to comply with the new legislation. “These changes are complex and […]

Queensland Garden Expo to return in 2018

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Australia’s largest sub-tropical garden expo is back for another bumper year, with organisers announcing the 2018 Queensland Garden Expo will be held on the Sunshine Coast between 13 and 15 July. The event – now in its 34th year – is expected to attract more than 40,000 visitors from across Australia, New Zealand and beyond. […]

FEDERAL BUDGET COMMENTARY

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Sunshine Coast Business Council Chair Sandy Zubrinich today said there were many initiatives to be commended in the federal budget thanks to the $35 billion increase in revenue, largely due to more people participating in the workforce and more small businesses contributing taxes. “It is a reflection of a stronger economy and it’s the best […]

Girls go hard at regional championships

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As the Commonwealth Games draw to a close later this month, more than 200 female gymnasts from across South East Queensland will showcase their strength, agility and skill as part of the 2018 South East Queensland Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) Senior Regional Championships being held at the Sleeman Sports Complex on 14 and 15 April. […]

Sod turned at Sage Landing

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The Sunshine Coast economy is set to receive another significant boost, with construction officially commencing at the Sage Landing residential development in Buderim this week. Michael Kain, Managing Director of Devcon Building Co — the builder appointed to construct the 13 designer homes — said more than 100 jobs would be created throughout the construction […]

Encounter Bay home backs senior health

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With the 70th anniversary of World Health Day taking place on Saturday, 7 April, local aged care home Estia Health Encounter Bay is championing the importance of keeping active in later life through the delivery of an aged care exercise program that encourages regular movement. Estia Health Encounter Bay Executive Director Karen Smith said with […]

$25 million home on show at Open Day

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Estia Health Kogarah’s new $25 million aged care home will open its doors to the public this month, and the local community is invited to come and have a look at the purpose-built facility on Saturday, 14 April. Estia Health CEO and Managing Director Norah Barlow said the company was delighted to showcase the home, […]

The Economic Impact of Regional Universities Corporate Luncheon

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With the Regional Universities Network recently conducting an in-depth study into the contribution regional universities make to local economies, more than 60 Sunshine Coast businesspeople will come together in Caloundra on 17 April to hear the research findings. Sunshine Coast Business Council Chair Sandy Zubrinich said Nous Group Director Jonathan Chew would deliver aspects of […]

Construction commences on $28 million Southport home

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Southport is set to welcome a new $28 million aged care home, with aged care provider Estia Health officially commencing construction at its development site on Stevens Street. Estia Health CEO and Managing Director Norah Barlow said the milestone had come after months of careful planning, and she was delighted to see 110-bed home being […]

Gymnasts to compete at Queensland Cup

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Woombye will play host to approximately 100 gymnasts from across Queensland as part of the 2018 Aerobic Gymnastics Queensland Cup taking place on 24 and 25 March at Nambour Christian College. Gymnastics Queensland Chief Executive Officer Kym Dowdell said competitors would be vying for a position on the Queensland state team. “The Queensland Cup presents […]

Kogarah home welcomes first residents

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The St George area’s newest aged care home has welcomed its first residents, with 40 people moving into Estia Health Kogarah on 20 March. Estia Health CEO and Managing Director Norah Barlow said after a construction period spanning almost two years, she was delighted to see the $25 million home open its doors. “Move-in day […]

Sage Landing 90% sold

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Developer HMR Projects has this week announced stage one of Sage Landing in Buderim is 90 per cent sold, with the company now preparing to launch the second stage of the development in the coming weeks…

School holiday haven to hit Noosa

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School holiday chaos is set to be a thing of the past, with a range of local wellbeing specialists banding together this April to create a mindfulness sanctuary for parents and children at Noosa Civic shopping centre. HAVEN Mindful and Creative Space will operate between Tuesday, 3 and Sunday, 29 April, offering a creative outlet […]

Business Council commends Coast rail connect effort

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The Sunshine Coast Business Council has commended the efforts of Member for Fairfax Ted O’Brien and Stockland Regional Manager Ben Simpson following today’s announcement that the North Coast Rail Connect project will receive federal funding for a full business case under the $20 million Faster Rail Prospectus. The project is one of just three nation-wide […]

Competition heats up in South East Queensland

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2018 Gymnastics Queensland Senior Regional Championships (SEQ) More than 100 gymnasts from across South East Queensland will showcase their strength, agility and skill this month as part of the 2018 South East Queensland Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) Senior Regional Championships being held at the Brisbane Grammar School Indoor Sports Centre on 24 and 25 March. […]

Breakthru calls for schools to showcase music and dance skills

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Sunshine Coast, 7 March 2018: Sunshine Plaza is calling all budding school-age musicians and dancers to showcase their creative talents, with expressions of interest now open for the 2018 Breakthru School Music and Dance Competition. The event – now in its fifth year – sees primary and secondary schools from across the Sunshine Coast compete […]

Queensland gymnasts dominate in Commonwealth Games selection

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Six Queensland gymnasts have been selected to represent Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, following stellar performances at the artistic gymnastics trials held in Canberra recently. Gymnastics Queensland CEO Kym Dowdell said Queenslanders would make up 60 per cent of the national Mens Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) and Womens Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) teams, which will compete […]

Construction completed at $25 million home in Kogarah

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Construction of a much-anticipated, $25 million aged care home in Kogarah is now complete, with the building set to be officially unveiled in the coming weeks. Estia Health CEO and Managing Director Norah Barlow said building had commenced on-site in April 2016, so she was thrilled to be celebrating this important milestone close to two […]

Countdown to construction at Sage Landing

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With civil works now nearing completion at the Sage Landing development in Buderim, construction will commence early this year, generating more than 60 local jobs. HMR Projects Director Ken Reed said Devcon Building Co — the builder appointed to construct stage one of the development — would kick-start works in early February. “While the heavy […]

Free shoe fittings for Coast kids

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With recent research from the UK suggesting more than a quarter of children wear the wrong sized shoes, a Sunshine Coast podiatry company is tackling the challenge head-on, offering free back-to-school shoe fittings for students in the lead-up to the 2018 school year. Principal of Dan Everson Podiatry, Dan Everson, said the average child spent […]

Sporting great serves up luxury development

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He’s represented Australia in the Davis Cup, played 44 grand slams, won tennis tournaments alongside the likes of Pat Cash, and now, tennis great Mark Kratzmann is serving up his latest venture off the court, launching a riverfront property development – The Ivy Picnic Point – on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. The undertaking is far from […]

$25 million aged care home opening soon in Kogarah

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With Estia Health’s new $25 million aged care home in Kogarah well into its final stages of construction, the team are looking forward to opening the 72-bed home in March 2018. Estia’s CEO and Managing Director Norah Barlow said the state-of-the-art facility would be welcoming residents moving in from their Blakehurst home, which will close […]

Business Council names board

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At yesterday’s Annual General Meeting in Marcoola, the Sunshine Coast Business Council (SCBC) appointed nine board members to drive the organisation forward over the coming 12 months and advocate on behalf of the business community. The board remains largely unchanged from the 2016 Annual General Meeting, with the exception of accomplished business executive Bridget Murphy […]

Iconic site captures Coast’s attention

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It’s one of the Sunshine Coast’s most coveted development sites and First Bay Coolum has already captured the attention of plenty of home hunters across the region, despite being weeks away from its release to market. Sharing its name with the popular beach it overlooks, the new 24-apartment development has already recorded over 100 expressions […]

Business Council backs resort development

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The Sunshine Coast Business Council has this week thrown its support behind the development of the Sunshine Coast’s first integrated five-star international resort in 30 years, The Westin Coolum Resort and Spa. Sunshine Coast Business Council Chair Sandy Zubrinich said the development – proposed by Sekisui House – posed substantial economic benefit for the region […]

Art-lovers to fly into bird exhibition

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The Sunshine Coast is set to showcase the works of some of the nation’s most acclaimed wildlife artists, with Caloundra Regional Gallery hosting the much-anticipated Holmes Acquisitive Art Prize for Excellence in Realistic Australian Bird Art exhibition between Wednesday, 8 November and Sunday, 3 December. The exhibition – now in its third year – is […]

First Light takes out the win

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Mooloolaba high-rise First Light has been crowned the best in the state, taking out the award for Residential Building (high-rise over three storey) up to $20 million at the Queensland Master Builders Awards Housing & Construction Awards held in Brisbane over the weekend. RCQ Construction, the project builder, has won the prestigious award two years […]

Government and business collaborate on clear Coast vision

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Close to 60 of the Sunshine Coast’s most prominent business and government representatives will come together at the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast this week to address two important regional topics as part of a forum hosted by the Sunshine Coast Business Council. The Combined Government and Business Forum is the second event of its kind […]

Queensland gymnasts compete on national stage

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A 77-strong contingent of aerobic gymnasts will represent Queensland on the national stage this week, travelling to Bendigo in Victoria to participate in the 2017 Australian Aerobic Gymnastics Championships. Gymnastics Queensland Chief Executive Officer Kym Dowdell said competing athletes had qualified to attend the meet through a series of aerobic gymnastics competitions held across Queensland […]

Sage Landing now 60% sold

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Buderim’s most centrally located freehold home and land development is clocking up the milestones, with Sage Landing developers HMR Projects reporting the project is now 60 per cent sold. HMR Projects Director Ken Reed said a spike in sales over the past three weeks had brought the total number of homes sold to eight of […]

Mel and Gill Luke with architect Ken Down

The Lukes are back in town!

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They’re well-known as the friendly faces behind the various Luke’s Supa IGAs across the Sunshine Coast, and now revered business-heads Mel and Gill Luke are returning to Coolum Beach to make their property debut.

Queensland gymnasts compete for state title

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2017 Gymnastics Queensland Junior State Championships – 16-19 September Junior gymnasts from across Queensland will compete for the title of state champion this month as part of the Gymnastics Queensland Junior State Championships taking place in Brisbane between 16 and 19 September. More than 1,000 competitors will put their gymnastics prowess on display at the […]