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Minecraft geeks invited to build new city in Queensland

The-Core, a group that came together to transform Sunshine Coast into an innovative city, is calling on creative, architecturally-inclined minds to design a city using Minecraft.

Co-Founder of The-Core, Craig Josic says Minecraft, which has a 100-million-strong user base, taps into the imagination and creativity of young people and is the ideal place to create innovative urban design options for the new city of Maroochydore in Queensland, Australia.

“Gamers have incredible imaginations and I’ve seen my own sons create incredible worlds through playing a lot of Minecraft,” he says.

Knowing our local council is currently consulting the local community on what they would like to see built on the 60ha block of land they have earmarked to develop a smart city in the heart of Maroochydore, I thought ‘What better way than to get the kids involved and not just from around our area, but from around the world!’”


The land that is said to become Queensland’s newest hotspot was previously a golf course, but after extensive negotiations, the land has been given the all clear to be developed.

Local council is proposing a combination of:

  • retail space
  • residential space
  • public open space
  • community facilities such as a regional arts and entertainment centre, a transit plaza, regional library, public amphitheatre and civic plaza
  • urban open space

All this while ensuring a sub-tropical design that embraces Maroochydore’s sub-tropical climate, and existing coastal and waterfront lifestyle.

Entries are open until 31st of May 2014, with over $10,000 in cash, prizes and education up for grabs. More information is available via

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