Job creation from the $900 million Sekisui House development at Yaroomba couldn’t come soon enough according to Sunshine Coast Business Council Chair Sandy Zubrinich, following the announcement that the Planning and Environment Court rejected the appeal by a local community group to block the development.

“The Sunshine Coast is facing a significant economic challenge due to the impact of COVID-19, and job creation should be at the forefront of our minds during these turbulent times,” Ms Zubrinich said.

“Projects like Sekisui House in Yaroomba will contribute significantly to local jobs in the region, both in the construction phase and in creating hospitality jobs on completion.  Construction and tourism are pillars for the Sunshine Coast economy and this project ticks both these boxes.”

“The Sunshine Coast also desperately needs a five-star resort to attract higher-yield tourism to our region. This development is not necessarily about bringing in more people, but rather about our ability to attract tourists that will spend more in our region and have a greater impact on our local economy, particularly on small businesses.

“This project underwent a rigorous assessment by Sunshine Coast Council which was this week validated by the decision of the Planning and Environment Court.

“It’s important to note that the Sunshine Coast Council made a decision to approve this development after a thorough revision following engagement with the community. This includes reducing the height and imposing strict environmental conditions on the project to ensure it respects the feedback from the community and protects our incredible natural assets.

“We look forward to the project commencing at a time when our local economy will be very reliant on job creation and construction activity to maintain momentum in order to recover from the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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The Sunshine Coast Business Council is the leading regional business advocacy group on the Sunshine Coast. It represents approximately 4,000 businesses through its membership, which includes key national and regional industry groups and their members as well as national and regional businesses.

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