13 projects we're excited about on the Fraser Coast
IF you thought 2016 was an exciting year for new businesses and developments on the Fraser Coast, there is plenty to be excited about in 2017 and beyond.
One of the region's most popular grocery stores opened it's doors in 2016 and we've had some quirky new businesses to bring something fresh to the region as well as growth in the health and wellness sector as well as aged care.
There has been lots of excitement around some new developments that are expected for the region in the future.
Check out our list of some of the stand-outs.
OPEN OR SET TO OPEN IN 2017
Upgraded river terrace for Brolga theatre opened
A highly anticipated river terrace for the Brolga Theatre, estimated to have cost $660,000, is set to boost tourism numbers in Maryborough after it was opened in January.
The Front Room 399 opens on the Esplanade
After the expansion of Holistic Healing Haven to a new location next to Maddigan's, a new organic cafe has opened it's doors at the front of the business.
For specialty coffee and organic food lovers, The Front Room is a funky cafe to check out.
Chef opens a taste of his home country in Bay
We got our first Japanese restaurant on the Esplanade - Tanto. The restaurant opened in August 2016 bringing authentic Japanese cuisines to the region.
ALDI opens in Urangan, Hervey Bay
New features include redesigned shelving, expanded wooden produce bays, as well as extended energy efficient chillers.
Fraser Coast retailer adds a cafe, float tank and sauna.
If you haven't tried it out already, one of the newest city trends has arrived in Hervey Bay in 2017 - a float tank.
$40 million Ozcare Hervey Bay Aged Care Facility
The $40 million Ozcare Hervey Bay Aged Care Facility is on track to be finished in mid-2017.
The three-storey facility in Kawungan will offer 154 beds including dementia care, residential respite care and permanent care.
New $8 million Maryborough Central Shopping Centre revamp
AN $8 million refurbishment is set to bring Maryborough Central Shopping Centre back to life, starting with the opening of a discount supermarket which will employ about 150 people.
There will also be 30 new retailers coming to the centre.
Fresh & Save Food Warehouse, which will be an Australia first warehouse- style supermarket.
Oh, Happy Days! New retro-style diner opens
The 1950s inspired Happy Days Diner in Scarness opened in January, selling retro-style food and beverages in a neon and vinyl setting.
$30 million health and aged-care facility set to open soon
A new health and aged-care facility now under construction will have generated about 350 jobs on the Coast when it opens.
The complex, a $30 million Premier Health Care facility in Urraween's Medical Place, is set to open in July 2017.
ON THE HORIZON...
Fraser Coast Sports Precinct
While it's not set to be completed in 2017, preliminary earth works are underway with a view to call tender in February 2017. Council approved $7.5 million to commence site preparation.
REVEALED: Big plans for cinema complex in Urraween Preliminary development plans for a $60 million cineplex along Bay Dr, complete with shopping outlets, have been recently unveiled by the Fraser Coast Regional Council.
New waterslides at WetSide WetSide Water Park could be getting two brand new waterslides after the Fraser Coast Regional Council revised changes to the site location.
Resort development on the Esplanade The proposed development, still in planning before the Fraser Coast Regional Council, lists details for the development of a nine-storey resort complex on the Esplanade, complete with a shopping complex.