To kick-start the transformation of this Gold Coast icon, a series of projects identified in The Spit Master Plan are being delivered . The Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA) are leading the implementation of community infrastructure projects with the assistance of the Queensland Government.

The Spit Shared Pathway Project, Seaworld Drive

Respected construction company Hazell Bros has commenced work on the first community infrastructure project arising from The Spit Master Plan, a shared pathway along Seaworld Drive, linking the Muriel Henchman precinct to Doug Jennings Park.

The project will provide cyclists and pedestrians a safer and more enjoyable means to travel to the top of The Spit and will support about 10 jobs during construction. The project will also include a section of retaining walls to reduce erosion adjacent to Seaworld Drive and protect existing below-ground infrastructure. The shared pathway is expected to be ready for use in the second half of 2020.

Moondarewa Spit

Community facilities are being upgraded on Moondarewa Spit. The upgrades will see the creation of a three-metre-wide pedestrian and cycleway path about 665 metres long, following the perimeter of the existing road.

It will involve works to improve environmental values and protect the area against erosion, including tree planting, providing more shelters, toilet and shower facilities for park and beach users. This project is being delivered by GCWA.

Southport-based firm Place Design Group has completed design and the construction contract has been awarded to local firm Hazell Bros following a competitive tender process. Construction is planned for completion in December 2020 prior to the Christmas break.

Seaway Promenade

Along Seaway Promenade, the existing, uneven surface will be upgraded with a new, level pathway. The four-metre-wide pedestrian and cycle pathway will run the full length of the Promenade of approximately 675 metres. There will also be new seaway emergency access stairs and viewing spots so people can enjoy spectacular views along the coastline of the Gold Coast and towards South Stradbroke Island. This project is being delivered by GCWA.

Southport-based firm Place Design Group has completed design and the construction contract has been awarded to local firm Hazell Bros following a competitive tender process. Construction is planned for completion in December 2020 prior to the Christmas break.

Village Centre South and Village Centre North site releases

The Spit Master Plan identified a number of undeveloped state-owned land parcels to be released to the market for commercial development.

As the first commercial land releases on The Spit since the late 1990’s, the sites present excellent opportunities for investors to help contribute to a world-class precinct. The sites will attract proposals, consistent with the vision and outcomes of the Masterplan for mixed-use resort, tourism, retail, hospitality and marina developments. Developments will have a maximum height limit of three storeys and 15 metres as set out in the masterplan.

Successful developers will be issued long terms leases to support the commercial development of the sites with freehold title to be retained by the State.

Southport Yacht Club Superyacht Berth

The Queensland Government has committed a total of $2.87 million to help deliver a superyacht berth at the Southport Yacht Club to create more jobs in the rapidly growing superyacht industry.

This project is the first initiative to be supported through the $25 million Growing Tourism Infrastructure fund for shovel-ready projects as part of the Queensland Government’s Unite and Recover economic recovery strategy.

The Southport Yacht Club estimates the $9 million superyacht berth project, to be located adjacent to Jack Gordon Park, will support up to 30 jobs during the construction phase, with many more supported as a result of the project. The new berth will allow the Southport Yacht Club to cater for more and larger boats opening up the Gold Coast to some of the world’s largest and most luxurious yachts.

Following receipt of all planning and approval requirements, the project is scheduled to be operational December 2020.

The Spit Public Realm Guidelines

Work on the creation of guidelines and standards for the development of public spaces on The Spit as identified in the master plan is underway, with the first guideline now available following public consultation.

The Spit Public Realm Guidelines (PDF icon 4.6 MB), sets out design characteristics and a minimum accepted standard of materials and finishes covering various elements of the public realm. They will assist in creating a unique look and feel with consistent elements across The Spit and assist public realm projects to contribute to the vision of The Spit, as outlined in the master plan.

To support the development of future guidelines such as wayfinding, interpretative signage and public arts identified in the master plan, concepts for a Spit placemaking and identity strategy has been developed for public comment.

The Department of State Development, Innovation and Tourism invited four local Gold Coast design agencies to tender for the job, with Burleigh Heads based agency Relative Creative being the successful design firm.

Relative Creative has developed the placemaking and identity concepts with the GCWA taking two refined concepts to the community for consultation in order to determine a final concept.

Community consultation will run from 18 August through 4 September 2020. The Gold Coast community can comment via the Gold Coast Waterways Authority website.