Bli Bli – A Coast property hotspot

Thu, 9th Mar 2017
PREVIEW

When leading property investment publication Money Magazine recently announced Bli Bli as Queensland’s leading property hotspot, it reaffirmed the long-term $500-million commitment made by private developers and the public sector towards major infrastructure within the riverside community.

This major infrastructure investment in residential, commercial, retail and community projects at Bli Bli over the space of a few short years transformed the town from a disconnected sleepy village into one of the most popular residential communities on the Sunshine Coast.

Residential projects such as Parklakes 2, Halcyon Lakeside and Cutters Ridge have emerged from greenfield sites to selling within record time at stunning sales rates. 

Other major projects, such as the redevelopment of the White’s Supa IGA and 13 specialty stores at the River Markets along with the commencement of construction of the Bli Bli Village Centre and the opening of the Maroochy River Golf Course, have all placed Bli Bli firmly on the map.

Bli Bli is also blessed by its location, being less than ten minutes to two of the region’s major multibillion-dollar infrastructure projects in the Sunshine Coast airport and the new Maroochydore CBD SunCentral, while the soon to open 450-bed Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital is just 15 minutes’ drive away.

Parklakes 2 director Robert Flipp says his project has been very successful and recorded more than 360 sales since it launched in May 2015.

The Halcyon Lakeside over 50s lifestyle community has also achieved record sales results after its release in early 2016.  

“We are really proud of the way Parklakes 2 has evolved over the past 18 months, the Halcyon Lakeside Over 50s resort is an integral part of the community as 

it encourages multi-generational living with families living at Parklakes 2 and grandparents close by at Halcyon Lakeside,” Flipp says.

“The neighbourhood’s waterways are looking fantastic and the new one-hectare central park, which features walking tracks and play equipment, will have an official opening on Sunday, March 26 and we are organising a fun event to celebrate. 

“It’s going to be great to see our residents taking advantage of this amenity and it will go to a new level when the park’s cafe and tapas bar opens mid-year.”

According to local business identities Michael and Roz White, the investment from both the private and public sectors was a driving factor in their decision to push forward with the $20-million Bli Bli Village Centre.  

“The Village Centre will include a hotel/tavern, which will be owned and operated by successful local publican Scott Armstrong, whose current portfolio includes the successful Brightwater, Bellvista and Parklands Taverns,” Michael White says.

“The Centre will also include more retail, medical and professional office space to accommodate the growing needs of the community. We’ll have more jobs for locals and just as importantly we’ll have money reinvested into the local economy as residents won’t need to travel outside the town for essential items.

“Bli Bli is a community which has delivered on its promises, it is evolving and I believe there is no reason why it will not continue to be one of the most in demand communities on the Sunshine Coast.” 

Division 9 Councillor Steve Robinson says Sunshine Coast Council has also invested heavily in Bli Bli by upgrading and improving community infrastructure such as local walkways, wetlands and a new playground at Muller Park along with new rowing sheds for the Maroochy River Rowing Club.

“We also have funding locked away to improve the Wetlands boardwalk and Interpretative Centre along with $1 million planned upgrades to streetscapes including improving walking and cycle paths throughout Bli Bli,” Robinson says.

“I am confident that Bli Bli will continue to evolve and it is really exciting times for current and future residents as they will enjoy a high-quality lifestyle in a boutique riverfront community.”

The new Prep to Year 12 Catholic school at Parklakes 2 is also set to open in January 2019 and it is expected to cater for up to 1500 students and 100 teachers.

Bli Bli’s evolution will continue over the next few months, so stay tuned for more exciting developments.

Bli Bli’s Halcyon is growing 

The Halcyon Lakeside community in Bli Bli is framed by a vista of natural bushland on a unique 13-hectare site overlooking two lakes with 450 metres of lake frontage and access to six kilometres of walking tracks and local shopping. Construction has also begun on the community’s multimillion-dollar Lifestyle and Recreational Precinct, with a resort pool, bowling green, tennis court, pickleball courts and health and wellness centre.

FAST FACTS

• The name Bli Bli means ‘many swamp oak trees’.

• For many years, Bli Bli was the home of the Sunshine Coast sugar cane industry.

• Bli Bli Provisional School opened in April 1901, becoming a state school in 1909.

• In the 2011 census the population of Bli Bli was 6,283 and is comprised of approximately 50.6 per cent females and 49.4 per cent males.

• The median/average age of the people in Bli Bli is 39 years of age.

• The median mortgage repayment in Bli Bli is $1846 per month.