The WSL's Coolum Wavepool Gets Rejected
First announced in 2019, the WSL's Sunshine Coast Surf Ranch had been awaiting State Government planning permission since early 2021.
With no news forthcoming, Dan Purdie, Member for Ninderry, an electorate on the Sunshine Coast, recently made a formal enquiry to Steven Miles, Queensland's Minister for State Development.
In response, the Minister made a short statement about the project:
The Queensland Government understands this project is no longer being pursued.
The news - which on first impression would imply the project has been scuttled - was met with celebration from its opponents. The general consensus - and a view shared by Dan Purdie's office - was that it was the right project in the wrong place.
The 510Ha site - which would include a wavepool, 20,000 seat grandstand, eco-resort, village, retail area, and education centre - was largely located in a riparian wetland and hence served an unsung purpose in slowing floodwaters and sparing areas downstream.
Appreciating that there may be other, less obvious interpretations, Swellnet contacted both the WSL's Andrew Stark and Don O'Rorke from Consolidated Properties but are yet to hear back.
Good. Fuck those moneygrubbing destructive arseholes.
Agree totally! Trying to buy off concerned locals with a few slices of cheap pizza...no thanks!
While we are at it lets shit can the Brisvegas Olympic games. Divert those billions of taxpayer dollars the government suddenly came up with away from building monolithic wank stadiums & spend it on affordable and dare I say it FREE housing for those most disadvantaged. Dont believe the hype!
monolithic wank venues
It was announced on local ABC radio a week ago but no further announcements. It’s great it’s official
Ole Don must be in a state of Kaniption.... Hope it bends him in knots. A good decision.
The next battle just west of this site is the newly proposed Caravan park - The Developer says a Gateway to National Parks. Yawn. https://www.theurbandeveloper.com/articles/sunshine-coast-tourist-park-p...
Yep no wave pool,just another 1500 homes on 500m2 blocks....yay!
on a wetland?
20,000 seat grandstand. Typo or are they taking the piss?
tbb agrees 20,000 sounds suss, but it's the least dodgy claim slipping outta Starkie's brown paper bag!
Many Wave Pools host crowds upwards of 20,000.
Several Asian countries / US / Canada all host massive Beach Parties in large Wave Lagoons.
Yes! Indoor Wave Pools included.
2006/08 ASP pro pilots towed by jet skis dodged 40,000 extreme party goers.
1930's Wave Pools filled stands of 6,000-12,500 with spectacular pool light shows.
UK & world's longest running & successful Arena is built around a wave pool...few would notice!
Europe's indoor wind surfing stadiums also host 15,000 strong Mexican waves.
tbb only recently checked Wave Pool numbers, also due to absence of 2032 Olympic Surfing News.
Reason being that Nite Surfing Event may buy Surfing a ticket into a very competitive full lineup.
This upgrades surfing into day/nite class to compete evenly with big gun's war chest.
Nite Surfing adaptability (Pool or not) may hold the key for surfing to cling onto Olympic ideal!
Beaches can & do pull even larger crowds at night but also seldom for surfing.
Beaches are best for Day Surfing comps & Wave Pools are best for nite Surfing comps!
US set a Precedent for blown out day beach heats transferring into nite wave pool finals & ceremony!
Surfing could exploit & market this to IOC!
Plenty tried to make nite surfing beach comps viable...go for it...doubt Olympics would buy into that!
Wave Pool tech can be blacked out & Natural Surfing / Wave / Wind / Star power comes to life.
Surfing has limited options on Olympic Stage...So! Does Surfing light up or hide in the shadows!
Recall all the fuss about ODI Nite Cricket...Less about the pool > all about prime time telly!
With networks backing a one off prime time extravaganza > 20,000 is predicted, expected & likely.
The trick is to repeat that number seasonally...Wot Gold/Sunshine Coast Sport can do that?
Magic wears off & Ghost town goes back to sleep as stadium collapses into a pile of rubble.
Rumor. WWP for mine workers n WA. Save on FI FO.
Bnkref questions if the Grandstand is a Typo or are they taking the piss...
Stadium > Grandstand > Ampitheatre > Spectator Berm > Green Ant Mound > 2 Dented Michelob Cans
I don't remember the layout from the top of my head, but council and government would typically be expecting at half to 2/3 dedicated as environmental open space for something of that scale.
I want to hear the WSL positive corpo wozzle spin language on this one.
Unfortunately that whole area and the land to the south of it will soon become housing and motorway. Sigh.
The area proposed for the development (if I am correct about it's location) is within an initiative of the Sunshine Coast Council known as The Blue Heart. It is a flood plain management project for the Maroochy River Catchment. Housing estates and the like are not going to be approved through this area.
Stark will be sooking hard
I wonder if those opposing the development know the land is also a Key Resource Area (KRA)? I know I'd prefer the wave pool instead of a sand mine.
KRAs are a State designation that basically override everything, so good luck complaining to Council once they nuke the site and start digging up sand!
Acid sulphate subsoils and strategic cropping land act overlay would surely make this one of the least likely KRAs to be opened up I’d have thought. Dumber things have happened though.
Yes true, but you can easily get around acid sufate soils designations with a management plan and the cropping land legislation is weak, particularly for cane land.
I don't really have a strong opinion on the wave pool, I just reckon it is a better outcome for the land compared to a sand mine.
Would something like this make more sense at Mt Isa or somewhere not near natural beaches.
Not sure the local Mt Isa surfer population would make something like this viable. Even if a few cowboys and mine workers decide to take up surfing in the pool.
They need to be near natural beaches and/or a major population centre because that's where the bulk of the customer base lives.
Yea Mt Isa a bad example but say Toowoomba. Or do go out to whoop whoop where there is heaps of cheap empty land and set up the full blown surf pool surf resort in the middle of the desert with 30 different waves and heaps of other stuff that people go to for a surf trip.
Note from this morning. I drove north from Coolum Roundabout (the proposed position) to PB Roundabout on SC motorway at 7.50am this morning. No accidents or issue but watching the southbound traffic the road was gridlocked and stopped the entire distance. A common and now regular occurence. Unheard of before Covid. The place cant support another caravan never mind a housing estate. Place is rooted.
Single lane, no overtaking in both directions from Doonan to Maroochydore. As soon as one twat wants to do 60 everyone has to. Does that speed camera that's always under the MtCoolum bridge even get anyone.
That roundabout traffic is frigging nuts.
And they think this will improve it? Traffic lights near the school.... Doh
Good news but also not a surprise.
The whole area is at ever increasing flood and coastal inundation risk due to intensifying rainfall patterns and sea level rise thanks to a warming planet. Ain't nothing gonna be there except mangroves/wetlands 30 years from now.
Any development that's approved in there that's not a road sitting 3m high atop a levee is going to expose the approval authority to compensation claims.
So thats 0-3 for Kelly Slater WavePool Company.
Rejected from Florida, Palm Valley and Coolum.
Has the WSL ever backed a bigger dud?
At least there is certainty for the investor(s).
Starky's bonus just went pfffft
What an awesome missed opportunity for for the younger generation.
Reminds me of lobbying for skateparks when younger, an absolute lost cause at the time due to negative thinking humans being in charge. NIMBY.
Skateparks are free for kids, they are community assets.
This was a high priced country club style "resort" where you have to pay big money per wave to ride it.
No kid was getting near this thing without wealthy parents.
Absolute opposite concept to a skatepark.
Pity for the locals, they could have had a wavepool in their back yard. Instead, in a few years, it'll be thousands of cookie cutter houses on tiny blocks.
Qldurrz salute #1 Surf Journo for checking on the detail.
24 Aug 2020 Last Sunny Ranch Post on (f)
8 Sept 2020 Last Sunny Ranch News on Site
29 April 2021 Crew also thank Sprout who earlier ventured down this same road...
This was the previous Deputy Premier Steven Miles response to MP Dan Purdie
In short it reads...
* Govt supports Jobs & attracting people to Sunny.
* Project was in Due Diligence process
* Needs to be in right location & sensitive to surrounding environment
* I understand the Council has urged State Govt to find a more suitable location etc...
Local member Dan Purdie then raised concerns by Community Groups about Flooding & Environment.
Says Wave Park ticks all the boxes but is concerned about over development & congestion.
(End of 2022) Urban Developer:
*Sunny Council : "Project is Awaiting Support!"
*Qld Govt : "Project has been left in Limbo!"
*Don O'Rorke :
"We remain in discussions with State Govt & Sunny Council!"
"In regard to what we can do with our Coolum Land"
6 Dec 2022 Danseur Pty Ltd Tourism Proposal on neighbouring flood site (re: spookypt Above)
22 Dec 2022 BE Building Group Tourism Proposal on neighbouring flood site
8 Feb 2023 (Newscorp)
Read Stu's feature...
Don O'Rorke : "I won't stand in the way of Community Opposition!"
Cr Maria : "Maintains that Surf Ranch development is not suitable for that Site!"
Stu's deep state investigation unearths another bombshell.
8 Feb MP Purdie (f) site tipped off Newscorp to run the Surf Ranch withdrawal..
9 Feb MP Purdie receives his reply Letter from Deputy Dawg...confirming yesterday's News leak?
Stu exhibits the Date on that Letter he dug from a lucky dip shoe box in Prez Joe's garage...
Anyone else trip over the fact that #1 Surf Journo Stu just exposed a High level Qld Govt media leak!
Goldie crew hand out a Gold Walkley to swellnet for finally outing the elusive Qld Govt snitch!
14 Feb Qldurrz ask Swellnet / crew for assist in pulling out the plug.
20 Feb ~ #1 Stu & crew come thru with the goods...Salute!
Qldurrz understand it's a gutsy call to make...just hope it flushes out some big fish!
The community at large are not yet across any official withdrawal other than here.
Given that council are currently accessing 2 more neighbouring flood plain lots...who will believe them!
No reply from Surfrider Foundation / Community-Eco Groups / Newsletters. (Usually updated monthly)
No statement from Consolidated Properties / WSL / KSWC
Qldurzz are stoked with frontline response...thanx to all that hose down our Sunny Wave Pool War.
what Fooman said, unlimited money for stadiums
The cynic in me says that the wavepool project failed to indicate how it would benefit the pocket of decision makers, whereas a future urban development of the area treads a well worn path to decision maker pocket lining.