IN A sign of significant confidence in the future of Bli Bli, three of the town’s major developers have recently committed to multi-million dollar projects within the burgeoning community.
Robert Flipp was the original developer of the Parklakes neighbourhood, and has joined forces with local business identity Peter Shadforth to successfully release Parklakes 2, a 96-hectare masterplanned community which will accommodate 700 homes as well as a new Prep to Year 12 Catholic school.
Directors of retirement community Halcyon Landing Bevan Geissmann and Paul Melville have also purchased an 11-hectare site within Parklakes 2 to construct their second over-50s lifestyle resort in Bli Bli while Michael and Roz White have recently released plans for a $20 million three-level retail and commercial village next to their hugely successful Bli Bli Supa IGA and River Markets complex.
Mr Flipp said he had no hesitation in investing back into Bli Bli following the success of the Parklakes neighbourhood.
“Bli Bli has really come of age over the past few years – there’s so much going on at the moment, it’s hard to keep up,” he said. “It’s certainly very exciting and there’s a number of other significant local projects under way including the new 18-hole Graham Marsh-designed Maroochy River Golf Course which opened mid year as well as major upgrades to Muller Park and the recently completed Bli Bli cycleway,” Mr Flipp said.
The Halcyon Lakeside development follows on from the success of the 171-home Halcyon Landing community at Bli Bli, which is now completely sold out.
Halcyon joint managing director Bevan Geissmann said the decision to push ahead with Halcyon Lakeside demonstrated the ongoing demand for this style of housing in the Bli Bli area.
He said the Sunshine Coast was favoured by retirees for its climate, lifestyle and amenities.
“That drawcard quality has been reflected in strong sales in our communities in the area,” Mr Geissmann said.
Roz White said the popularity of the redeveloped Supa IGA and River Markets shopping centre had made Bli Bli a preferred shopping destination for locals.
“Residents no longer feel the need to shop outside Bli Bli because we now have an IGA which matches the size of the other major supermarkets, and the specialty retailers and medical centre meets most of their other daily needs.
“The Bli Bli Village Centre is going to attract another layer of commercial enterprises such as a restaurant or tavern, a gym and wellness centre and potentially even more medical services such as a dentist and pathologist,” she said.
Sunshine Coast Daily 14 July 2015