AS CYCLONE Debbie touched down on the Coast many were grabbing sandbags and battening down to ride out the storm.

But how did the more than $13 billion -plus worth of major housing development sites around the region fare?

Stockland’s $10 billion worth of projects, Aura at Caloundra South and Oceanside at Birtinya both came through unscathed, senior environment and community development manager Mark Stephens said.

“We couldn’t be more pleased by the performance and resilience of the two sites during the recent wet weather,” he said, after about 140mm of rain fell over 48 hours to Thursday.

“Our water quality monitoring gauges located in Lamerough Creek and Bells Creek North showed that water quality discharged from the Aura site was very clean.”

He said that had been down to a number of initiatives put in place on the 2300ha-plus construction site, including an advanced water quality treatment system to manage site run-off.

Mr Stephens said the site had been secured before last week’s weather event and it had come through well, aside from some minor damage to newly-planted landscaping and shade cloths at Caloundra South.

AVID Property Group CEO Bruce Harper said the $3 billion Palmview site dubbed Harmony had also survived the deluge without major issues.

“We’ve actually held out pretty well,” he said.

He said the site recorded about 150mm on-site last Thursday and the stormwater management requirements had proven effective.

Aside from some minor delays as the site dries out he said no major damage to earthworks or infrastructure had occurred.

The Sunshine Coast Council’s $30 million solar farm project, on low-lying caneland in Valdora, was inundated by floodwaters but a council spokeswoman said the only damage to the site had been minor to temporary fencing.

Key infrastructure on the site has been raised above the one-in-100-year flood event levels, with most at 4.2m.

Environmental consultant Trevor Lloyd said erosion sediment control from building sites was an important issue and he believed emphasis on control had dropped off in general over the past 5-8 years.

He said research had shown natural systems could cope with heavy rainfall events as long as sediment released could clear quickly, but large events had the potential to knock over corals and sea grass beds.

Now consulting on site contaminations, Mr Lloyd said he had seen an increase in chronic sediment run-off in the past few years across the state.

Maroochy Waterwatch CEO Cerran Fawns said most run-off would’ve finished early after the rainfall, but it would take some time before waterways cleared up.

She said Caloundra South, alongside one of the region’s most delicate waterways, the Pumicestone Passage, had some “good measures” in place by Stockland to stop run-off.

Council officers would be testing waterways feeding into the Pumicestone Passage in the next week or so as part of monthly monitoring.

Meanwhile the council’s $300 million Maroochydore CBD development site also reported no major impacts from the deluge, with no delays expected as a result of the rain.

AVID CEO - Cameron Holt and QLD General Manager Bruce Harper at Harmony, Palmview

About Harmony

AVID Property Group’s $3billion project – Harmony – is strategically located in the heart of the Sunshine Coast and is the largest masterplanned community underway in the Palmview area.  Set on 378 hectares, Harmony will deliver more than 4,800 homes for 12,000 future residents, catering to a wide range of buyers – all enhanced by 100 hectares of open space and the future delivery of a 15,250 GFA Town Centre.  More than 9,000 short-term jobs will be generated through the delivery of the project.

Harmony’s design embraces the Sunshine Coast’s enviable lifestyle and living at Harmony means it’s easy to get around. Harmony is conveniently connected to the Bruce Highway and the Sunshine Coast Motorway, and Mooloolaba is 10km and Maroochydore 14km to the north, the coastline is only 7km to the east, Brisbane is 90 km to the south, and the Sunshine Coast hinterland is only 20kms to the west.

View development website: www.harmonyliving.com.au


About AVID Property Group

AVID Property Group undertakes industrial and residential development in key growth corridors across Australia. With a pipeline value of $3 billion, our developments encompass broadacre and infill subdivision, incorporating more than 8,500 residential lots and over 640 hectares of industrial land.

AVID Property Group strives to deliver sustainable, community based projects that are progressive and of high quality and well serviced by transport, infrastructure and amenity. Led by highly experienced senior management and development teams with a broad range of expertise, AVID Property Group is able to add significant value at each stage of the project lifecycle. With a record of forming strong relationships, particularly with joint-venture partners, AVID Property Group is committed to extending existing business relationships and developing new opportunities with like-minded individuals, organisations and government.

Figures current as at September 2016