After years of planning and stakeholder consultation the Big Pineapple welcomes today’s Council approval of our renewal master plan.
This approval will help facilitate new tourism attractions and food based industry at one of the Sunshine Coast’s most famous tourism icons.
The approved renewal master plan positions the Big Pineapple for sustained growth and success, with an emphasis on showcasing the region’s famous, world-class produce and other attractions, including major music events, adventure tourism and on-site accommodation options.
Jim Costello, Big Pineapple Renewal, Project Director, announced, “Planning approval adds further momentum to our renewal program, following opening of TreeTop Challenge, construction of COYO’s new production facility, hosting regional food and sport events, and the Big Pineapple Music Festival again winning the best music festival in Queensland.
“The approval has been years in the making and we appreciate the support of many Sunshine Coast residents who have long wanted to see the iconic Big Pineapple return to the glory days as a must-visit tourist attraction.
“This approval allows us to open up the site to many other uses, such as food production, accommodation and recreational uses, which will drive strong jobs growth in the hinterland, with over 800 jobs created through construction and 700 ongoing positions.
“Our vision as illustrated in our master plan is gradually coming together, with visitors again able to climb the Big Pineapple from next year, enjoy time in our zoo and TreeTop Challenge, and tackling a parfait and other food and beverage afterwards inside our refurbished Sunshine Planation Building.”
“With the confidence of Council and Queensland Government we now look forward to many more announcements to build and realise a world class integrated tourism attraction at the Big Pineapple which the Sunshine Coast community can again be proud of.
Image shows Jim Costello, Project Director with Mayor Jamison