Sekisui wins Sunshine Coast Westin approval

Sekisui wins Sunshine Coast Westin approval

29 June 2018

The Sunshine Coast Council has given the green light to developer Sekisui House for its controversial seven-storey Westin Coolum Spa and Resort, the first five-star resort developed on the Sunshine Coast in more than 30 years.

The Japanese developer, who is also developing a $1.5 billion town centre in Ipswich and West Village in Brisbane’s West End, made alterations to the Yaroomba Beach development after more than 9,000 submissions against it were lodged.

Yaroomba Beach Project Director, Evan Aldridge, said the approval recognised the strategic importance of the site and the community benefits it provided to the Sunshine Coast.

Mr Aldridge said Sunshine Coast Council had undertaken a professional assessment of the plan to develop the first 5 Star hotel on the Coast in 30 years and a new coastal village.

“Sunshine Coast Council officers undertook a rigorous assessment of our application and Councillors supported their recommendation that the application be approved,” he said.

“They have shown leadership in delivering for future generations of the Sunshine Coast.

“Sekisui House is excited at the opportunity to deliver a world-class tourist destination and a residential coastal village in an exceptional beachside location.”

Mr Aldridge said planning can now commence to deliver the first stage of Yaroomba Beach – the 220-room The Westin Coolum Resort & Spa and conference facilities.

“The first stage of development will deliver the hotel and all the public elements of a new coastal village – the shops, cafes, surf lifesaving facilities, Coastal Discovery Centre and parklands,” he said.

“This beautiful new coastal village will deliver jobs and homes for locals and a luxury resort in the best location to showcase the Sunshine Coast.”

The resort comprises 220 hotel rooms, 148 serviced apartments, 753 apartments, 98 dwellings, a 2770sq m village retail and major conference and recreation facilities with Mount Coolum in the backdrop.

Completion of the development across the 19ha site is expected by 2021.

Visit Sunshine Coast chief executive Simon Latchford said the region north of Brisbane was in desperate need of new high-quality tourism accommodation that would also draw big conference crowds, reports The Australian.

He said the Westin Resort & Spa incorporated environmental initiatives and Sekisui House, which is one of Japan’s largest commercial and residential builders, had been happy to significantly change original plans as a result of community and council feedback.

“The new Westin resort will play a fundamental role in attracting domestic and international business to the Sunshine Coast,” Mr Latchford said.

“We’re honored to be working with Starwood Hotels & Resorts to bring the Westin brand and its unique approach to well-being to Australia’s Sunshine Coast,” said Toru Abe, CEO & Managing Director, Sekisui House Australia.

“Our vision is to provide visitors to this popular family holiday destination with a relaxing, five-star wellness retreat and the Westin brand is an ideal fit for both the location and the development. We believe the Starwood Hotels & Resorts experience will be invaluable in arriving at a final plan for the hotel that respects the site and meets the Sunshine Coast council’s economic development needs; boosting tourism and awareness internationally for the region.”

The Westin Coolum Resort & Spa will be a five minute drive north of the Sunshine Coast Airport, which offers direct flights to and from Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland, and which has just received State government approval for the addition of a new international runway to be completed by 2020.