SUNSHINE Coast Council last week announced it has given preliminary approval to a proposed resort and waterpark, including the world's largest wave pool, on a 24-hectare site at Steve Irwin Way, Glenview, more than 10 kilometres west of Caloundra.
The $90 million project also proposes pools and lagoons, waterslides and other play structures, themed restaurants and food outlets, souvenir shops and short term hotel and cabin-style accommodation.
According to the council, the preliminary approval does not authorise any assessable development to occur, and subsequent approval development permits for material change of use and operational works are still required before the development can proceed.
As part of the conditions, the resort complex must also be integrated with the tourist attraction on the site and cannot open before the water park. The applicant must also prepare a flood study to address flooding from the Mooloolah River and a local catchment.
Sunshine Coast Divisional Councillor, Rick Baberowski, said the resort and water park would complement Sunshine Coast's strongest international brand in Australia Zoo, as well as The Big Cart Track and Aussie World, which are all located within close proximity.
"This is one of the most important tourist attractions council has considered in a long time," Cr Baberowski said, adding that the development will create 400 jobs during construction and another 250 ongoing jobs upon opening.
"The world's first hi-tech wave pool will be valuable in our quest to promote the region as a national and international destination. The resort accommodation is sorely needed on the southern end of the Sunshine Coast and will benefit those townships in that area."
Planning Portfolio Councillor Christian Dickson said a number of conditions had been included in the preliminary approval to address water, sewerage and flooding issues.
"While the development approval process still has some way to go, this is an example of this council doing everything it can to pull down the brick walls to attract these projects to the Sunshine Coast," Cr Dickson said.
"There is extremely positive sentiment in the community for this project which is at the right spot at the right time.
"Multiple sites have been investigated and the necessary four-way signalised traffic on Steve Irwin Way is already in place, saving millions in infrastructure costs."