We put the spotlight on a business park development that’s expected to create thousands of jobs in Queensland, while combining industrial, commercial and retail spaces.
Construction has recently started on a “six star green star city” located on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
The $222 million business park will serve as a major employment hub for the Caloundra region by creating more than 3000 new jobs.
This is one part of a wider $5 billion project that features a second business park in the making – which is expected to pump another 2000 jobs into the area.
Located at the core of the largest investment zone in the region, the business park will comprise of 2400 hectares. Developers hope to create a sustainable community that enables residents to work close to where they live.
Trade-related businesses are being catered to in the early stages of the development, through the creation of a “construction cluster”. Some tradies working on this project might eventually find themselves operating their headquarters out of this area, once the business hub is up and running.
Building professionals are currently getting stuck into designing and constructing a range of spaces from light industry and manufacturing to bulky goods and showrooms. They’re also creating commercial offices, as well as storage and warehousing facilities. There will even be an area dedicated to research and development.
But it’s not all “work and no play” for future residents of this innovative workers’ paradise – there will also be designated buildings and spaces for indoor sports and recreation. Residents and workers in the area will enjoy access to nine separate sporting grounds, playgrounds, a new town centre and a central park.
A conservation area will occupy nearly one-third of the site and community vegetable gardens will be scattered across the area – which is welcome news for any green thumbs drawn to the district.
Once completed, both business parks will be regarded as additions to the nearby $60 million Sunshine Coast Industrial Park at Bells Creek.
Meanwhile, over in Brisbane, the first warehouse facility in the area has welcomed its first tenant, as $17.5 million is pumped into more construction activity that will continue to shape the Wacol complex.
This new business district is being developed to feature a blend of industrial, commercial and retail businesses that are integrated with natural corridors and parklands.