The site that was earmarked for a Bunnings store has been sold and now the new owners have announced their vision with the proposal for the site, which flanks the motorway on the entrance to Coolum set to become an agriculture and tourism venture. Barns Lane Farm will showcase the region’s brilliance through fresh local food and educational experiences, with activities aimed to promote community, local talent and artists. Centered around a working farm, the proposed 6.8-hectare site at Barns Lane, will feature food attractions such as a seasonal local produce hall, gin distillery, brewery, restaurant, bakery and more. Property developer Jason Grant said that they want Barns Lane to be about ‘locals’. “We want Barns Lane Farm to be a local gathering spot and a place that draws tourists in to learn about our dynamic and diverse region. “Local really is key for us and we aim to empower the community through a range of excitingly unique initiatives, while also committing to holistic sustainability and the environment through responsible supply-chain and waste measures.”The new rural-based tourism venture is co-owned and operated by Mr Grant and successful businessman Jonathan Leishman. The two have a working relationship which spans decades across various developments and family projects. “To be able to combine our love and passion of the land, culture, mountains and of course food and beer, in a setting as convenient and breathtaking as Coolum is truly an honour, ”Mr Leishman said. The Council planning application will be lodged this week, with aims to open mid-2022 – pending Sunshine Coast Council assessment. Final stages will include a 26-room boutique hotel suite for rural destination weddings and events.