Development growth area
The Beerwah East Identified Growth Area (IGA) is the preferred long-term growth area for the Sunshine Coast given its location and proximity to major road and rail transport infrastructure and the CAMCOS corridor. The Beerwah East IGA also poses less risk to water quality in the internationally-recognised Ramsar protected Pumicestone Passage.
The Beerwah East IGA is about 5,200 hectares located between the Bruce Highway, Steve Irwin Way and Roys Road.
The majority of the area is currently subject to a 99 year forestry lease.
The possibility of future urban development at Beerwah East was first considered by council around 2009. Council considered this area because of its strategic location in relation to existing road and rail infrastructure and its potential for strengthening the case for rail duplication and the construction of the CAMCOS rail link to the coast.