11 projects tipped to change the face of the Fraser Coast
FROM ammunition factories to premiere sporting fields, the Fraser Coast will soon have it all.
The Chronicle has named some of the region's major developments tipped to change the face of the Fraser Coast based on their economic impact, social benefits and potential for job creation.
Win Projects' managing director Glen Winney said many of these recent developments were a positive indicator of economic growth going into the future.
"We're at a real crossroads where all the levels of government will need to put in key infrastructure to drive growth," Mr Winney said.
"On the ground there's a strong confidence in the developer market... with the volume of sales and number of houses getting built, we're reaching record numbers."
Check out our list of major developments below:
Rheinmetall/NIOA munitions factory in Maryborough
WITH a vision to bring Maryborough's manufacturing history back to prominence, this new factory promises to put hundreds of jobs on the map when construction starts next year.
The $60 million manufacturing plant will supply artillery shells for use by defence personnel such as the Australian Defence Force, creating 100 direct manufacturing jobs in the operational phase of the project.
Arms dealer NIOA and German war machine builder Rheinmetall are still developing a business case for the project.
Should this be approved, construction will start next year and be completed by 2021.
Hervey Bay plane factory
UP to 25 planes a year will be produced once the new high-tech aircraft manufacturing centre is up and running near the Hervey Bay Airport.
Astro Aero last month announced plans for the $12 million factory which is tipped to create up to 200 long-term jobs.
Construction is set to start in mid-2019 with plans to have planes flying out of the factory by 2022.
The Springs, Nikenbah
MORE than 50 per cent of the land at this development has already been sold, with another 150 lots to be constructed over the new year.
The Springs Hervey Bay, located near Madsen Rd in Nikenbah, comprises hundreds of new residential lots ranging from 800-1000sqm.
ONE of the most controversial projects in the Fraser Coast, this ambitious development is expected to herald a new era of sporting and event management in the region.
The 15 year development, already tipped to cost $75 million, details plans for major AFL, rugby league and football fields, netball and tennis courts, clubhouses and even a potential stadium.
It could pump more than $48 million per year into the economy once finished.
The second stage of the project is due to be finished in February next year.
The Icon Medical Precinct
NOT only serving as the gateway to Hervey Bay, this Eli Waters building complex will also house a variety of businesses including a premiere medical centre.
Construction of the $20 million development, located on the corner of Maryborough Hervey Bay Rd and Pialba Burrum Heads Rd, started in June.
The medical centre will be completed by the end of the year.
Hervey Bay CBD Urban Renewal Master Plan
FIRST proposed more than four years ago by the council, the initial steps of the major CBD makeover are taking shape.
The Urban Renewal Master Plan outlines a bold transformation of the Pialba area including the development of a new "Eat Street" dining precinct, more green space near the Cultural Centre and university campus, a new council administration building and more buildings for commercial or residential use.
In September, the council endorsed various precincts of the master plan and voted to investigate options to move their administration building into the area.
Boundary Rd development
WHILE not involving new structures rising from the ground, there's no denying this road extension will change the Fraser Coast for the better.
Planned since the 1980s, the $19 million development will result in the connection of roads between Urraween Rd and Boundary Rd including a four-lane traffic distributor and new intersections.
Urraween Cinema Complex
WHAT now stands as an empty lot on Bay Dr has been tipped as a major cinema complex that will become the hub of entertainment on the Fraser Coast.
Documents on the Fraser Coast Regional Council's website outline the vision for the project, including a multi-storey office block, roof deck, high-tech cinema and retail areas.
The plans were approved by councillors in September 2017.
A start date has not been announced.
Susan River Solar Farm
A MASSIVE solar farm complex that could power thousands of homes on the Fraser Coast is nearing completion in the heart of the Fraser Coast.
The $175 million Susan River Solar Farm occupies an area of 176ha and supports 350,000 solar panels.
Along with employing hundreds of local workers to man the site, road contractors have also been hired to reconstruct the entrance road along Maryborough Hervey Bay Rd.
The site is expected to be operational next year.
Ozcare Residential Aged Care Village
WITH construction due to start next year, this development is set to bring state-of-the-art residential care to Hervey Bay and pump more than $65,000 per week into the local economy.
The $50 million development involves the construction of 132 dwellings over six stages near the existing Ozcare Aged Care Centre in Kawungan.
ANNOUNCED by property developer PIA Group back in June, this A-list address is set to breathe new life into the Torquay business precinct when construction starts in January next year.
20 upmarket office buildings flanked by an avenue of green trees will be built between Torquay Rd and Hillyard Ave.
The $10 million project draws inspiration from Soho-style converted warehouses in London and New York.
Tenders for the project have closed but the building contract will be finished before Christmas.