22 new things coming to the Coast in 2017
IF YOU thought 2016 was a big one for change on the Sunshine Coast just wait until next year next year.
Here is a list of 46 news things coming to the Coast in 2017.
Sunshine Coast turns 50
2017 marks 50 years since the Near North Coast was rebranded, grouping the Landsborough, Maroochy and Noosa councils in November for promotion as the Sunshine Coast.
The mile stone will be officially commemorated on August 1.
The Seabourn Encore will visit the Sunshine Coast for the first time during its maiden Australian season in 2017.
The cruise ship will stop at Mooloolaba on January 31 for the very first time.
A private dining room with its own bar is the latest addition being planned as wildly successful Yandina restaurant Spirit House continues its evolution. Work has started on a dedicated bar area with its own open courtyard and a private 26-seat dining room with a chef's kitchen.
The new extension will create four new permanent jobs at the venue. It's hoped building works will be completed by Easter.
The Coast's own theme park will more than triple in size and its iconic pub will be redeveloped.
Plans for Downunder Drive were revealed in November.
The park will have new rides, attractions, amenities and a green space for events.
The former Ettamogah Pub dill double in size and have a brand new look.
Park officials hope new rides will be installed by mid-year.
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The $48.5 million solar farm project is being constructed on Yandina-Coolum Rd, Valdora.
Almost 58,000 photovoltaic solar panels will be installed generating at its peak, enough electricity to power 5000 homes.
The project was expected to be operational in mid-2017.
Work has already started and will continue throughout 2017 on the 53ha SunCentral Maroochydore CBD development, a 20-year project to create a "city heart" in Maroochydore.
The vision for the CBD includes delivering fully-approved and serviced land for commercial, retail, residential, civic, cultural and community uses, building publicly accessible waterways, delivering a new road network to provide additional capacity to the existing road network within Maroochydore, providing interconnected public open space and establishing a central Sunshine Coast location for regional arts and entertainment.
Sunshine Coast University Hospital
It may feel like it's been coming forever but the Sunshine Coast University is expected to finally open in April.
The hospital will offer a range of free public hospital services and will open with about 450 beds, with ability to grow to more than 738 beds and then to 900 beds beyond 2021 if needed.
Sunshine Plaza expansion
Shoppers itching to get into the 100 extra retail stores, including the Coast's first David Jones, will have to wait a little longer. Work is underway on the $400 million expansion of Sunshine Plaza, but it's a big job, and is expected to be finished by Christmas 2018.
Bli Bli Village Centre
The build on the $20 million Bli Bli Village Centre development is expected to finish mid-year, but 50% of the centre has already been leased.
The development will stretch along land from roughly the Bli Bli roundabout to Castlegreen Ct, next to the Bli Bli Riverside Markets shopping centre. When completed, it will comprise a health precinct, offices, complimentary retail stores, and a tavern, with parking for 174 vehicles.
Bli Bli residents might never have to leave town.
Another expansion of the busy Kawana Waters shopping centre will bring new cinemas, new undercover parking and new shops.
Construction is expected to start in late 2017.
The Kon-Tiki development on the corner of Maroochy Blvd and Plaza Pde, Maroochydore, is nearly finished.
The final touches have started on the building and its surrounds this week and will be finished in the new year. Tenancy fit outs have begun and the commercial premises are expected to start trading in February.
The ground level will house an array of dining and retail stores and services, a high-end gym, medical centre and pharmacy.
The rest of the building will be office space.
Sunshine Coast councillors unanimously voted to approve the Cosmopolitan proposal, a 143-unit complex bordered by The Esplanade and Memorial Ave, Cotton Tree, which will deliver more than 1100 sq m of commercial space.
The build is scheduled to start in April.
Aqua View Apartments
This eight-storey development will feature 31 apartments looking from the hillside towards the ocean.
The project, to be completed by Brisbane husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun, will cost about $15 million and is expected to be built by December 2017.
Birtinya at Oceanside
This residential precinct will offer house and land, terrace homes, townhouses and apartments when it is finished. Construction will be largely completed over the next 12 months.
The Park Avenue Group launched a $55 million residential apartment project in Buddina.
The beachside project adjoins the newly-upgraded Kawana Shoppingworld which has been earmarked for major improvements in the coming years including cinema complex and new speciality shops.
Construction on the one, two and three bedroom apartments is expect to be completed by 2017.
Ocean Verge Apartments
Murphy Builders will construct 40 boutique apartments on Verney Street at Kings Beach.
The apartments would be a mix of two and three-bedroom residences.
Two new indoor basketball courts at the Maroochydore Basketball Stadium on Syd Lingard Dr is expected to be finished in time for the start of the new QABL season.
The council hopes to officially open the new courts in late January or early February.
The extension will provide extra room for grass-roots basketball as well as places for bigger teams, such as the Brisbane Bullets, to train.
The first phase of construction on the Coast's next adventure theme park, ACTVE Waterpark, will start early in 2017. The lifestyle and water park on Steve Irwin Way at Glenview is expected to cost $400 million.
Sanad Capital Pty Ltd released a video trailer late in 2016 promoting the park which has been designed to feature an extreme water sports facility.
The council will begin construction on the Alexandra Headland skate park in 2017.
After community consultation, a draft design will be presented to the community for further feedback at the end of this year.
The Wild Women On Top Coastrek
The Wild Women on Top Coastrek will come to the Sunshine Coast for the first time in in July 2017.
The 30km and 60km treks are open to both men and women but teams of four must be made up with at least two women.
Bus routes 600 and 607 will be changed from 2017 and a new bus route will be implemented ahead of the opening of the new health precinct.
New route 611 (Maroochydore to the SCUH) will operate generally every 30 minutes on weekdays and hourly on weekends, including major stops at Mooloolaba and Kawana.
Existing route 607 (Caloundra to USC via Kawana) would also be upgraded to run generally every half hour between 5am and 9pm and will also stop at the SCUH servicing the hospital during core operating hours.
The University of the Sunshine Coast will offer four new programs in 2017.
Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Environmental Management.
Bachelor of Midwifery
Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies
Master of Professional Practice (Performing Arts)