Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

'Let's Go Up 20 Storeys in CBD'

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

'Let's Go Up 20 Storeys in CBD'

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Byline: Anne-Louise Brown

TEN storeys would be great but 20 would be better, was David Oliver's response to comments made by mayor Bob Abbot about the future direction of development on the Sunshine Coast.

Mr Oliver, the Urban Development Institute of Australia's Sunshine Coast branch president, said growing up, not out, was one solution to deal with the region's forecast population growth, after Mr Abbot indicated more high-rise developments could be on the cards.

"The projected population of 475,000 by 2026 is conservative, and many think the number could be more like 512,000. The Coast is ill-prepared for that sort of growth, especially when you consider the present population is only about 300,000," Mr Oliver said.

"Maroochydore would be the ideal location for more high-rise developments, but 20-storey, not 10-storey, would be the best way to go. Obviously high-rise buildings would not suit the nature of some areas."

The characteristics of different areas of the Coast had to be considered, said Mr Oliver, and future planning and development decisions made on those findings. …

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