QM Properties have reported strong sales in the last quarter in their Forest Pines precinct off the back of fly in, fly out miners and locals.
“Sales have been strong, with over 30 sales in the last three months,” said QM Properties Sales Manager Damien Ross. “The sales to fly in, fly out miners were at least half the purchases, with the remainder from Buderim locals.”
It is not surprising that the development is strong in the mining demographic, given that approximately 10,000 miners live on the Sunshine Coast.
“50% of all our enquiries on Buderim are from within the mining sector, due to its proximity to the Sunshine Coast airport,” said Damien. “This suits mine employees from Central Queensland, or as far away as Western Australia who fly into Brisbane.”
“Alternatively, Buderim is only an hour to Brisbane airport,” he said.
Currently, pressure group Sunshine Coast Mining and Gas Association is lobbying to have Sunshine Coast airport flight patterns changed to encourage more fly in, fly out miners as well cutting travel time.
“Miners on the Sunshine Coast bring in an estimated $1 billion per year to our economy,” said Damien. “And this has been reflected in sales.”
Lee Munro and her family have lived all over Australia and New Zealand, but have made their final move to Forest Pines at Buderim.
Childcare worker Lee and husband Gerry, who works in the mining industry, built their contemporary four bedroom home to embrace this rural community atmosphere.
Lee is a country girl, from Millmerran on the Darling Downs but grew up on the Sunshine Coast. Gerry works fly in, fly out in Western Australia and their three daughters are working and studying on the Sunshine Coast.
“We looked all over the coast for somewhere that had bush and mountain views,” said Lee. “But we need to be close to Maroochydore.”
“The girls all use the bus which is very regular and Gerry can fly into the airport,” said Lee. “The bus takes them right into Sunshine Plaza, so I’m not chauffeuring them everywhere,” she said. “It was also the right price point for us, very affordable and we love having a brand new home.”
Young Sunshine Coast couple Leah and David Spence enjoy the Buderim fly in, fly out lifestyle, moving into their new home in a few weeks.
“We chose Forest Pines because it is so central to our families and an easy commute to Brisbane airport,” said Leah.
David works at Moranbah in the mechanical area, but is looking forward to his down time at the Sunshine Coast.
They are building a 4 bedroom home with plenty of room for their family of three children.
On the flip side of the equation, the other major source of sales in Forest Pines is from Buderim locals.
“Forest Pines is the new Buderim,” said Damien. “This is due to its affordability, particularly for the 2nd or 3rd home buyers and the land size.”
As the population of the Sunshine Coast expands, there are very few new land developments available that are close to infrastructure yet have a country atmosphere.
“There is a big market for buyers who want to live in a rural atmosphere,” said Damien.
“These blocks are larger than most in the area,” he said. “The average block on the Sunshine Coast is 400 square metres, but Forest Pines land has a minimum 600 square metre size.”
All developed lots are registered and ready to construct with easy to build home sites with wide frontages and large back gardens.
Parkland within the Forest Pines immediate area includes the Mooloolah River National Park, Buderim Forest Park with its waterfalls and boardwalk and the beautiful Foote Sanctuary.
“Forest Pines enjoys a niche on the Sunshine Coast that is highly sought after,” said Damien. “It is very quiet and peaceful, in a rural setting, yet is only 10 minutes to Sunshine Plaza.”