Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Billion-Dollar Development Ready to Go; New Resort at Yaroomba Beach to Be Open for Guests by 2021

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Billion-Dollar Development Ready to Go; New Resort at Yaroomba Beach to Be Open for Guests by 2021

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STUART

CUMMING

stuart.cumming@scnews.com.au

YAROOMBA Beach project director Evan Aldridge says the benefits of his company's controversial hotel and residential development will be proved when it is delivered.

Mr Aldridge has worked on gaining approval for Sekisui House's development for five years.

He said the outcome of yesterday's six-in-favour, five-against Sunshine Coast Council vote was exciting.

"It's always been a highly-energised debate," Mr Aldridge said.

"People have their different views but at the end of the day the application was assessed on its merits."

He said Sekisui House would defend the approval against any court challenge.

"We look forward to progressing with planning on this development now so we can actually get the first stage up and running, which will be the Westin Resort and Spa."

Mr Aldridge said any delay on the project would push back the delivery of the resort as well as the jobs it would create.

"We've already forecast that we would like to open the resort in 2021.

"That means that we would have to start next year in terms of construction so we haven't been complacent at all.

"We have been waiting for the decision to come down so we have got a mountain of work to get done to hit those timeframes so we would hope that there isn't further delays on that.

His message to those residents devastated by the approval was misconceptions some people may have had would be shown to be just that.

"You won't be able to see it (the development) from the beach and you won't be able to see it from Point Arkwright and we will develop and absolutely beautiful landscape village that everybody can come and enjoy.

"That's on top of the fact that we will really give a good boost to both the tourism investment on the Sunshine Coast and create a lot of jobs for locals. …

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