$90 million wave pool may need rezoning to be built
A DEVELOPMENT approval application has been lodged for a $90 million water park and holiday accommodation complex at Glenview.
Sunshine Park Queensland Pty Ltd plans to build a surf pool, water park, hotel and holiday village on 23ha at Lot 22 Steve Irwin Way at Glenview.
Project spokesman David Baird said the park would offer a year-round surfing experience regardless of weather conditions.
It would focus international tourist attention on the Sunshine Coast, he said.
Mr Baird said if approved, the park could open in late 2016.
The land is zoned rural storage under the planning scheme and the company wants to have it rezoned for use as a tourist attraction and resort complex to build the park.
The application to the Sunshine Coast Council says about 430 people are expected to be employed during the construction phase of the park.
The wave pool, water park, 120-room hotel, 104 holiday cabins, as well as function room, restaurant and shops are expected to create 250 jobs.
The park's forecast turnover of $27.2 million in its first full year is expected to generate a direct and indirect benefit of $11.8 million for the Sunshine Coast.
Australia Zoo, the Big Kart Track, and Sunshine Coast Destination Limited are among the project's supporters.
"Although our application is currently before the council, we've been buoyed by the positive support to date from the local community, tourism authorities and the business sector," Mr Baird said
"We are committed to working with local stakeholders in realising the project."
Objections and other submissions to the council about the project are due to close on November 27.