The Queensland Government has identified five hectares between the Gold Coast Fisherman's Co-operative and Sea World as the proposed location for an Integrated Resort Development.
The Government's vision is to see the creation of:
“A world class tourism precinct in the heart of the Gold Coast that integrates with the surrounding environment and provides civic spaces and landmark buildings that enhance the City of the Gold Coast's role as an internationally acclaimed tourism destination.”
The vacant Crown Land site is located between the Gold Coast Fisherman's Co-operative and Sea World. The proposed Integrated Resort Development site is approximately five hectares but may also incorporate an area to the north used by Sea World for overflow parking.
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The Queensland Government is seeking an Integrated Resort Development proposal that redefines public access and transport connections into the site.
The proposal should promote social interaction and a broad range of recreational activities, building on those already enjoyed by the local community.
The Queensland Government wants to stimulate investment and economic development in the long term future of the Gold Coast, focussing on tourism.
- Domestic visitor data released shows visitors to the Gold Coast have spent $3 billion in the year ending September 2016
- The National Visitor Survey (NVS) conducted by Tourism Research Australia reported a 6.5% increase in domestic visitor expenditure recorded for the same period last year
- The International Visitor Survey* (IVS) figures show 1.014 million people visited the city in the 12 months to September 2016 – representing a 16.2% increase on the previous 12 month period.
*International visitor data is provided by International Visitor Surveys conducted by Tourism Research Australia.
Source: Gold Coast Tourism Corporation, www.visitgoldcoast.com/corporate/market-intel
The ASF Consortium's proposal includes five and six star hotels, signature restaurants, a world-class casino, theatres, entertainment, luxury and boutique retail precincts, serviced residences and meeting and conference facilities. It does not include a cruise ship terminal.
ASF Consortium states that the proposed Integrated Resort Development will create 13,000 new jobs during the construction and operation of the project. Benefits are expected to be felt across a range of sectors such as construction, agricultural supply chains, education and training, entertainment and the arts.
This consultation is separate to ASF Consortium's own consultation and communications about its Integrated Resort Development proposal.
ASF Consortium is yet to submit a detailed proposal to the Queensland Government for consideration.
Prior to the construction of the Gold Coast Seaway in 1986, the Nerang River entrance to the Pacific Ocean (locally known as the Southport Bar) had a history of instability.
Predominant south-easterly winds, the significant northern drift of sand and wave climate combined to move an estimated 500,000 cubic metres of sand along the south-east Queensland coast each year.
Over time, the Nerang River mouth moved northward by up to 60 metres each year, causing land erosion and changing sandbanks at the bar and adjoining Broadwater.
In the early 1800s, the Nerang River entered the Pacific Ocean where Jupiters Casino is now located.
In 1930 the entrance was where Sea World stands today.
A low sand spit developed to the north of Main Beach Point and continued to edge across the mouth of the Nerang River.
Tidal action eroded sand from the southern tip of South Stradbroke, resulting eventually in the surveyed township site of Moondarewa disappearing entirely by the 1940s.
The Gold Coast Seaway engineering project, completed in 1987, consolidated The Spit as a permanent land form.
At that time, the northern section of The Spit had little vegetation.
Over the past 60 years, the area has been progressively developed, including:
- The Sea World site was initially established as Surfers Paradise Ski Gardens in 1958
- Sheraton Mirage opened in 1988
- Doug Jennings Park was dedicated in 1988
- Palazzo Versace opened in 2000
- Federation Walk opened in 2000.
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