PIMPAMA was once known for its farm produce but is now a bustling hive of development activity as more people choose to make the suburb their home.
With a farming history dating to the 19th century, Pimpama was the first town in southeast Queensland to have a sawmill. Pimpama State School opened in 1872.
A cluster of houses sprouted after World War II. In the 1960s the suburb was planned to be one of the more progressive areas south of Brisbane after being bypassed by a new highway.
Known for The Strawberry Farm and its famous strawberry ice creams, the area also hosts several action-packed experiences including Xtreme Karting, Slideways — Go Karting World and Zorb Park.
The Gold Coast’s Northern Chamber of Commerce secretary Gary Mays says the idea of Pimpama being developed to such an extent would have been unimaginable five years ago.
“I’ve been living here for 28 years and I’m still amazed to be seeing a McDonald’s,” he says.
“Pimpama has always been farmland with barely a corner store to be seen. The growth we’re seeing now is explosive.”
Gary says there are houses being built in Pimpama every day. “There’s still quite a bit of land available compared to the rest of the Gold Coast, where there is only room for infill housing,” he says. “I can’t see the affordability of Pimpama disappearing any time soon. A combination of investors and young families are largely buying into the residential areas.”
With impressive infrastructure taking off and a new school being built in the neighbouring suburb of Coomera, Pimpama is expected to continue to grow. “I think Pimpama could easily be bigger than Helensvale at the rate it’s going,” Gary says.
While public transport is yet to catch up with the growth, there are two train stations either side of the suburb — one in Coomera and another in Ormeau. There are several developments on the go in Pimpama including Sunland’s The Heights Residences and Mirvac’s Gainsborough Greens.
The Gainsborough Greens community will comprise, when complete, 2200 homes across a series of interconnected villages and parklands.
The Gainsborough Greens Golf Course is set to be transformed over the next few years with a new club house. The proposed new club house, retail and recreational facilities will connect the Gainsborough Greens community.
Gainsborough Greens golf operations manager Anthony Newey says with increased growth the club should see a huge influx.
“The golf course has been operating for 27 years and has hosted the Queensland Open over the course of its life,” Anthony says.
“It attracts members from Brisbane and the Coast because of its central spot close to the M1. “Facilities are actually being built around the club and it’s an attraction for development.”
The 18-hole golf course is a landmark in the suburb and sees a mix of retirees and youth walking across its greens. “Golf is definitely one of the key lifestyles of Pimpama residents,” he says. “There’s just as many young people as there are retirees these days, the kids have taken up a great interest in the game.”
Published in the Gold Coast Bulletin by Hannah Sbeghen; 8th May 2016