Birtinya Town Centre renderA MAJOR retail and entertainment precinct on the Sunshine Coast has been given the green light.Stockland has announced that it has been granted planning approval for its proposed $830 million Birtinya Town Centre masterplan development.The development was approved by the Sunshine Coast Council on Monday.The 18 hectare development, approved by the Sunshine Coast Council on Monday, will include a new shopping centre, a service station, an entertainment precinct, a hotel, apartments, drive-thru restaurants, a town square with green space, and a walkable waterfront along Lake Kawana.“This masterplan approval defines the shared vision for a vibrant mixed use precinct for the $5 billion Oceanside community on the Sunshine Coast,” Stockland CEO and managing director Mark Steiner said.“With the regions’ above average population growth, 130,000 residents are forecast to livewithin the main trade area by 2031. “Our vision for the Birtinya Town Centre is to deliver a true people’s place, with lifestyle amenity for the community now and into the future.”The town centre will be located on Kawana Way and adjoining the Sunshine CoastHealth Precinct, which incorporates the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Sunshine CoastUniversity Private Hospital, and the Sunshine Coast Health Institute.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoCycle ways, walkways, boardwalks and bridges will link the town centre to Birtinya Island, Bokarina Beach and the Business Village.Stockland Queensland general manager Kingsley Andrew said the Birtinya TownCentre masterplan was the “next big catalytic project for Oceanside”. “… bringing together commercial, apartments and mixed use development with open green space to create jobs and drive future investment across the Sunshine Coast region,” he said.“This will be Oceanside’s dynamic urban heart, a place that is centralised and accessible – aplace that connects people for business and fun, and, importantly, creates a regionaldestination for the Sunshine Coast.”The developer estimates that more than 550 jobs will be created during construction, with more than 14,600 new full time jobs on completion.The first stage of the town centre masterplan is the $87 million Stockland Birtinya ShoppingCentre, with works expected to commence before Christmas.
Advertising company Bidstack will be hosting a Football Manager tournament at Insomnia Gaming Festival in March, with a prize pool of £25,000 as well as a unique opportunity courtesy of Norwich City Football Club.The Football Manager World Esport Championship 2018 takes place at Birmingham’s NEC Arena in Birmingham from March 30th-April 1st as part of Insomnia 62 and has been organised by Bidstack and the superb Community Sports Foundation, which supports some of the most disadvantaged, disabled and talented people across Norfolk through sport.The winner of the 64-man tournament, which any Football Manager can enter to play in, will not only receive their £25,000 winnings but will also have the chance to manage a team of Norwich legends against Inter Forever, the club’s official legends team, featuring the likes of Javier Zanetti, Marco Materazzi and even more to be announced.James Draper, CEO of Bidstack, said: “We’ve created this tournament to unearth the best manager in the virtual world – and then bring that person into the real world of football management. We wanted to create a new esports tournament to prove to the market Esports skills are transferable.”The tournament will utilise Football Manager’s ‘draft’ mode, in which gamers can draft players into their team one at a time, with player and budget restrictions playing an important part in the selection process.Registrations for the tournament close on 26th February, so you still have a few weeks to get yourself accustomed to the best tactics available to you. If you play your cards right, you might just end up managing for a group of legends.Disclaimer: This is a Bidstack run tournament and is not affiliated with SEGA or Sports Interactive in any way.Esports Insider says: Football Manager isn’t the game you commonly think of when it comes to esports, but it will be interesting to see how this one plays out. It goes without saying the prizes are great for the early days of an esport, and the winner is in for a great few days.
Ghana’s Black Meteors’ hopes of making it to next year’s Olympics Games in Tokyo were dealt a huge blow on Monday night.The Meteors, despite leading on two separate occasions against Egypt, succumbed to a 3-2 loss to the hosts.Yaw Yeboah had put the Meteors ahead inside six minutes before Egypt pegged them back 11 minutes later, with Mostafa Mohamed heading home.Samuel Obeng restored Ghana’s lead right at the start of the second half after capitalising on a defensive error.Egypt then laid siege to Ghana’s goal, desperate for an equaliser, and even hitting the crossbar at one point.Ramadan Sobhi eventually found the leveller, poking home after Meteors keeper Baah failed to hold on to a shot.Sobhi set up Egypt’s winner two minutes from time as his corner was headed home by Ahmed Rayan.The result leaves the Meteors with one point from two games ahead of their final group game against Mali, who have lost both of their games so far.Ghana will need to beat Mali and hope for a favourable result in Egypt’s encounter with Cameroon in order to stand a chance of making it to the semis.Watch highlights of the match below