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In days gone by, Nambour struggled to compete with the coastal beaches of Noosa or the bright lights of Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast.

Indeed, during its history, Nambour was mostly known as being the commercial hub for the region, as well as having one of the most widely used train stations on the coast.

However, over the past decade, and over the past few years in particular, Nambour has come into its own courtesy of a plethora of projects big and small.

On top of these, the region’s landscape is also evolving due to new residential development, which is also changing the demographics of people who live there.

All of these factors have resulted in strengthening property prices in the region, however, they remain affordable with median house prices in the low- to mid-$400,000 range, according to the REIQ.

One of the biggest changes to Nambour has been the designation of its Special Entertainment Precinct (SEP), which is only the second precinct of its kind in Queensland, and was officially endorsed in early 2020.

Not only does the Nambour SEP ensure the long-term future of the music-based entertainment industry on the Sunshine Coast, it also allows venues greater certainty about where they can operate and the relevant noise levels.

Rail upgrade

Planning is also well underway for construction of Stage 1 of the Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade.

According to the State Government, the project will include sections of line duplication, as well as station upgrades, new park ‘n’ ride facilities and new rail passing loops.

Proposed works for stage one on the rail upgrade currently include:

  • Duplication of track north of Beerburrum
  • Construction of road-over-rail bridges at Beerburrum Road, Barrs Road and Burgess Street
  • Expansion of park ‘n’ rides at Beerburrum, Landsborough and Nambour
  • Bus interchange at Landsborough
  • Relocation of utilities

Early works to support the upgrade are expected to start early this year, with major construction to follow in 2022.

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Hospital Redevelopment

Nambour General Hospital is undergoing an $86 million redevelopment to better service the growing health needs of the region.

The redevelopment will expand the hospitals’ capacity and upgrade some existing clinical areas.

After the redevelopment, the community will benefit from:

  • Redevelopment and increased capacity of emergency care for the residents of Nambour and surrounding areas
  • Refurbishment and increased capacity of mental health beds to support the requirements of the community
  • Refurbishment of wards to increase capacity for surgical and medical patients
  • Establishment of a same day rehabilitation unit
  • Relocation of renal dialysis unit to a new purpose-built space
  • Relocation and refurbishment of same day medical infusions and chemotherapy
  • Replacement of the central sterilising unit
  • Providing convenient access for patients with a new drop off zone located adjacent to the emergency department
  • Refurbishment of kitchen
  • Providing a contemporary safe healthcare environment that meets patient, staff and community expectations.

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Fun for Big, and Little, People

The new Nambour Splash Park is now under way as part of the revitalisation of the aquatic centre.

The upgrade will deliver two water slides and a children’s zero depth splash zone (a water play area which will include two toddler slides), along with the 30 new car parks, which are already under way.

The slides and children’s zero depth splash zone will complement the facility’s existing outdoor heated 50-metre pool and covered grandstand and indoor heated 25-metre pool.

The project is expected to be completed in June 2021, weather and site conditions permitting.

Also, in a sure-fire sign of the region gentrifying, a new craft brewery opened its door in Nambour mid last year.

The Stalwart Brewing Company is based at the heritage-list Club Hotel in Currie Street, with its range of ales using Sunshine Coast hinterland water, fresh grain, hops and yeast, and no preservatives or additives.

Plus, Stalwart’s core range of beers reflects the owner, Adam Tomlinson’s, diverse ancestry with the Sacred Chief honouring his great great great grandfather, who was a Navajo Indian from America’s mid-west who immigrated to Australia in the 1800s during the Gympie gold rush.

His second commercial release, The Dreamtime Warrior, is a golden ale in honour of his great grandmother who was a Kabi Kabi woman from the Sunshine Coast.

These are just some of the reasons why Nambour is being reinvented – with savvy property buyers already recognising the signs of a property market clearly on the move north.