Council releases new information on proposed Woolworths


  • A proposed development at the corner of Jones and Maroochydore Roads, Buderim, would include a second Woolworths supermarket for the suburb, a drive-through takeaway outlet and a 261-space carpark
  • A reduced height of 8.5m is now proposed by the developer, consistent with the town plan 
  • North Buderim IGA and other shop owners at North Buderim Shopping Centre say they won't survive if the supermarket is approved
  • Increased traffic congestion is a major concern for local residents. The proponent has produced an updated traffic report to address a Sunshine Coast Council concerns about traffic. 

SUNSHINE Coast Council has supplied new information about a development application for a second Woolworths supermarket in Buderim since the Daily's initial story was published on Thursday. 

Project Urban has modified the application it submitted in September 2015 following a request for information from council in October. Its response can be found by opening the link to MCU15/0192 here

The information response indicates a reduction in the size of the proposed supermarket, a reduction in the proposed height of the building as well as changed traffic management plans.

The revised proposal:

  • Overall footprint of the shopping complex reduced to 4937sq m
  • Supermarket floorplate downsized to 3488sq m
  • Height of the building reduced from 10m to 8.5m to accord with the precinct height limit
  • Onsite car parking increased to 261 bays
  • An updated traffic report recommends upgrades to the intersection of Jones and Pittards Roads, as well as changes to related intersections to accommodate increased traffic and access, the spokeswoman said.
  • An updated Economic Impact assessment also argues the need for a new supermarket in the area and assesses potential impacts on the existing centres
  • An updated Landscape Plan provides a visual assessment of the amended layout with screening landscaping, and an updated Flood Report explains how the development would mitigate flooding in the high-risk area.


"A concurrence agency response from the Department of Transport and Main Roads is also required before the decision stage commences," the council spokeswoman said.

"Council officers will assess the application and public submissions and prepare a report for Council consideration.

"It is anticipated the report will go to the September 2016 Ordinary Meeting of Council."



SUNSHINE Coast residents can have their say on whether a new shopping complex in Buderim should go ahead when Sunshine Coast Council's consultation period begins tomorrow. 

A Woolworths supermarket is proposed for the corner of Jones Rd and Maroochydore Rd, opposite North Buderim IGA. 

As reported by the Daily when the $30 million development was proposed in September last year, Woolworths expected the project to generate 160 jobs during construction and a further 140 full and part time positions on completion.

The proposal:  

  • 3906sq m - Woolworths supermarket including mezzanine that takes the building to 10m in height 
  • 879sq m - specialty shops  
  • 250sq m - fast food outlet with drive through facility
  • Total: 5035sq m

Project Urban (formerly KHA Development Managers) submitted the proposal to the Council in September last year outlining plans for the shopping complex.  

The large, 19,620sq m site is currently zoned as 'specialised centre' and sits within the Buderim Local Area plan, with a building height limit of 5.8m. Patches of mature vegetation are understood to be at some of the borders.  

The site at 141 Jones Rd where a shopping centre is proposed.
The site at 141 Jones Rd where a shopping centre is proposed. Nicky Moffat

An earlier, 2008 proposal for both Woolworths and Aldi supermarkets at the site was rejected. 

Copies of the full application can be viewed here and a site report here.

Consultation on the proposal for a material change of use at the site open tomorrow and will close on June 17.

To submit comments email or write to:

The Assessment Manager

Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Locked Bag 72, Sunshine Coast Mail Centre QLD 4500.

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