YOUI looks set to continue its rapid rise in Australia, having today announced plans to build a $80 million global headquarters on the Sunshine Coast.
The insurance company started in Australia in 2006 and also has a base in New Zealand. Parent company Outsurance is based in South Africa.
The company has grown from 30 Australian workers in 2008 to employing nearly a thousand, said CEO Danie Matthee.
The development will be built in two stages with the first expected to be completed 2017.
“The new building will be located next to the University of the Sunshine Coast at Sippy Downs, and will house up to 2000 workers,” Youi group CEO Howard Aron said.
EXCITED: YOUI CEO Danie Matthee (left) and group CEO Howard Aron are excited about plans to build Youi’s global headquarters on the Sunshine Coast.
The new premises will provide for 1800 car parks, ensuring there would be no repeat of parking congestion that angered locals at its lakeside Birtinya loction, Mr Aron said.
“The important part is we’ll have enough carparks as well,” Mr Aron said.
“We understand the problems we caused here. But this building was never built for a call centre.”
Mr Aron said the site’s location next to the university was a good fit.
“We really value a learning culture, so being in the knowledge precinct and being next to the uni sits very well with our culture,” he said.
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SOME people plant a few flowers and call it a garden. Sophy Wrangell gardens on a much grander scale.
The owner of Bellingham Maze has spent the past 20 months planting and caring for 1000 lilly pillies.
Endless watering, fertilising and trimming has seen the plants reach the point where they can finally be called a maze.
The major project began when Ms Wrangell and her family ripped out more than a thousand 20-year-old cypress pines that formed the original maze.
The lilly pillies were planted in the shape of an eight-pointed star and then the long wait began.
With a bit of tender loving care, the tiny plants have grown into a stunning 1.5m-tall hedge maze.
Ms Wrangell is delighted the project is nearing completion and will soon be re-opened to the public.
She said the family had decided to keep the traditional shape of the maze because it was considered an iconic part of the Sunshine Coast.
“It’s the same as the original that was planted 20 years ago – we decided the best thing to do was to put in the same design,” she said.
“From the air you can see the perfect shape.”
The maze, which will officially open on March 21, takes about 20-25 minutes to finish.
“It’s an old-fashioned, mysterious type of challenge; people are intrigued by it,” Ms Wrangell said.
“We want to be in the business because it’s unusual and unique.
“It’s not the everyday coffee shop or corner store. It’s unusual, it’s growing and it’s outdoors.
“I think a lot of our customers have been waiting for the hedge maze to come back. When they see it I think they will say ‘wow this is just a-mazing’.”
The big reveal will see plenty of family fun on offer for the launch weekend, including face painting, prizes, giveaways and live music.
“Saturday is going to be a family day,” Ms Wrangell said. “It will be a day of fun with activities in the mazes, face painting, hundreds of prizes and giveaways and buy one, get one free vouchers from other local attractions.
“The Sunday will be a relaxed day for adults with live music from the Limeburners and, again, lots of giveaways for lucky customers.”
Ms Wrangell said she hoped the opening would also highlight other iconic attractions such as Aussie World, Australia Zoo, Sunshine Castle, Sea Life and the Big Kart Track.
The Bellingham Maze is located at Tanawha Tourist Dr.
For details visit http://www.bellmaze.com/ vist them on Facebook or phone 5445 2979.
(Original Story thanks to SunCoast Daily http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/owner-hedges-her-bets/2559971/ )
Sunshine Coast Council Media Release
February 12, 2015
Sippy Downs Drive upgrade benefits more than 9000 drivers daily.
More than 9000 people have a smoother journey to school and university each day, thanks to completion of Sunshine Coast Council’s latest upgrade to Sippy Downs Drive.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said the recent $3.2 million upgrade would improve travel in the area now and in the future when the Sippy Downs Town Centre is complete.
“The Sippy Downs Town Centre will stimulate the local economy and this upgrade will make it easier for locals – and the growing number of university students – to access the area,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“The new cycle lanes and footpaths will make things more convenient for cyclists and pedestrians, which will hopefully encourage residents to leave their cars at home.
“Delivering infrastructure which facilitates active transport helps Sunshine Coast Council reach our goal of becoming Australia’s most sustainable region.”
Division 6 Councillor Christian Dickson said travel on Sippy Downs Drive was now safer for drivers and pedestrians, including school students.
“Stage 3 of this upgrade has focused on improving a 300m stretch in front of Siena Catholic College,” Cr Dickson said.
“Construction included a new intersection with traffic signals, street lighting, three school bus bays and vastly improved pedestrian and cyclist facilities.
“In addition to providing a safer and easier route for drivers, this upgrade has improved the visual appeal of the area – extensive landscaping and removal of the overhead power lines looks fantastic.
“Council will be looking to make further improvements to Sippy Downs Drive in the future.”
Cr Dickson said Council acknowledged the contributions of its project funding partners.
“Council greatly appreciates the funding from Energex, the State Government and Habitat Developments, a nearby property owner, who have all contributed to this upgrade,” he said.
“Council acknowledges and thanks Siena Catholic College and St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church for their cooperation.
“We also thank drivers for their patience during construction – I’m pleased this project was completed on time.”
· The State Government, through the Department of Transport & Main Roads, contributed a cycleway grant of $350,000 to help fund the on and off road cycle lanes that were an integral part of this project.
· Energex, through its Community Powerline Enhancement Program, contributed 50% of the cost to underground the power supply.
· Habitat Developments, the owner of the property being developed on the northern side of Sippy Downs Drive, funded the traffic signals and the turning lanes into its site.
· Siena Catholic College contributed funds for their additional access road and Council is appreciative of their ongoing support.
Stage of the Sippy Downs Drive upgrade project included installation of:
· 360 metres of stormwater drainage pipes and associated drainage pits
· 900 metres of sub soil drainage
· conduits for the undergrounding of the Energex electricity supply
· conduits for traffic signals, street lighting, pedestrian lighting and Telstra
· more than 5000 cubic metres of road pavement gravel
· 1050 metres of kerbs
· 1580 square metres of footpath
· 1800 tonnes of asphalt
· new street and pedestrian lighting and traffic signals
· 2900 trees and plants.
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