With growth and popularity comes development. Preferably development that enhances the original environment and compliments the existing lifestyle attributes.
With a population of around 52,000 and a yearly growth rate of 5%, Hervey Bay is the third fastest growing local government area in Australia. It is projected that the city will have a population of 75-80,000 in 2021. The council is focused on planning for this growth, with intensive town planning, urban designs and upgraded infrastructure.
Recreational Developments include:
The development of a $12 million educational water park beside the Seafront oval at the end of Main St.
An $800m upgrade to the Urangan Boat Harbour at the Eastern end of Hervey Bay; The proposed redevelopment will include:
• An expansion of the harbour to the south of the breakwater to provide for more than 230 additional marina berths.
• Significantly enhanced public car parking including approximately 100 new boat trailer parks and 4 new boat ramp lanes in a redeveloped public facility.
• A new ferry terminal, tavern, upgraded boat maintenance facilities as well as additional tourist accommodation including budget and resort accommodation.
• A major upgrade of Miller Street to create a boulevard entrance to Urangan boat harbour.
• Creation of a green corridor with walking/cycle tracks along Charlton Esplanade that will connect the harbour with the foreshores and Urangan.
• A boardwalk around the inner boat harbour, connecting the new development with existing facilities, including the Hervey Bay boat club, boat ramps and car trailer parks.
Urangan Pier Renovation;
Fraser Coast Regional Council is also engaged in a range of initiatives and developments to make Hervey Bay a leading 'Accessible City', including boardwalks and new jetties, accessible tables, chairs, barbeque areas and other facilities.
Major Commercial Developments include:
In the past few years has seen a huge growth in commercial building activity:
2007 saw completion of the city’s first five-star resort, the $80 million Peppers Pier Resort adjacent to the esplanade overlooking the historic Urangan Pier;
A new $70 million retail development adjoining and including Pialba Place shopping mall, with Woolworths Big W store as anchor, was completed in 2008;
A further major development of the Centro shopping precinct on Boat Harbour Drive was started in late 2007; however this work is currently on hold pending the survival of the existing Centro property development company.
Council plans allow commercial developments of up to eight storeys in the CBD, while the rest of the city will be predominately low-rise with residential heights restricted to two storeys.
Other Infrastructural Developments include:
Four laning a further section of Boat harbour Drive to improve traffic flows across the city;
A $5 million upgrade of Main St. including four lanes and a number of redesigned intersections;
Hervey Bay Airport and Hervey Bay Airport Industrial Park;
The completed $13 million upgrade of Hervey Bay Airport, combined with $75 million Hervey Bay Airport Industrial Park joint venture, offers exciting opportunities for establishing, growing or relocating your business to Hervey Bay.
With direct flights from Sydney and Brisbane Hervey bay has benefited from substantial increases in visitor numbers and tourism opportunities.