Momentum is building with the delivery of a number of projects identified within The Spit Master Plan. The Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA) is leading the implementation of community infrastructure projects, together with CoGC with funding provided by the Queensland Government.
The Spit Works Program
Following The Spit Development Minister’s approval of GCWA’s initial four-year Works Program in 2020, delivery of these significant community infrastructure and public realm improvements on The Spit has continued. Capital works projects totalling $30.7 million are being delivered by GCWA and the City of Gold Coast in partnership with the Queensland Government. The completed Seaworld Drive Shared Pathway, Moondarewa Spit and Seaway Promenade projects have created more public spaces at the top of The Spit for community and visitors alike to enjoy and take in the spectacular views.
With the subsequent approval of The Spit Works Program 2021-2025, additional capital works projects for delivery include an accessible Oceanway connecting Seaworld Drive to the beach, Marine Stadium Tidal Exchange investigations, Marine Stadium Pontoon and Jetty Phase 1, Muriel Henchman Park Upgrade Design, Fed Walk Concept Design and Federation Walk littoral Rainforest.
GCWA and the City of Gold Coast will deliver the projects in partnership with the Queensland Government.
GCWA is also leading consultation with the Gold Coast community on matters to do with the implementation of The Spit Master Plan. The Gold Coast Waterways Authority website has information on the most current and forthcoming consultation activities.
Led by Queensland Government , construction company Hazell Bros have completed the first community infrastructure project, a shared pathway along Seaworld Drive.
This pathway provides a vital connection to Doug Jennings Park for pedestrians and cyclists, linking from the pathway that used to terminate at the Seaworld Conference Centre, directly adjoining the Muriel Henchman precinct.
The pathway provides cyclists and pedestrians a safer and more enjoyable means to travel to the top of The Spit and supported 10 jobs during construction. The pathway includes a section of retaining walls to reduce erosion adjacent to Seaworld Drive and protect existing below-ground infrastructure.
Community facilities have been upgraded on Moondarewa Spit, with the creation of a three-metre-wide pedestrian and cycleway path about 665 metres long, following the perimeter of the existing road. Along the pathway, new seating areas provide places to stop and view migratory shorebirds across the Broadwater.
Works have also delivered improvements to the environmental values and protection for the area against erosion, including native shade tree planting, and architecturally designed shelters, toilet and shower facilities for park and beach users. This project has been delivered by GCWA with funding provided by the Queensland Government.
The Seaway Promenade pre-existing, uneven surface was upgraded with a new, level pathway . The four-metre-wide pedestrian and cycle pathway runs the full length of the Promenade of approximately 675 metres and includes a terraced destination feature at the end providing 360-degree views from the Broadwater to Surfers Paradise. In addition to the upgraded level pathway, the Promenade is supported by new seaway emergency access stairs.
For the area surrounding the Seaway Promenade, works have included enhanced foreshore recreational open space including new shelters, seating, and picnic tables and landscaping works. Project delivery was led by GCWA with funding provided by the Queensland Government.
This multi-purpose facility will provide an accessible boarding point improving on-water transport access to the Spit and create new opportunities for fishing, recreation and relaxation over the water.
This project is being delivered by GCWA with funding provided by the Queensland Government. Construction will commence in mid-2022 and take approximately 6 months.
GCWA are leading this investigation. The project will investigate the hydrodynamics of Marine Stadium and assess whether a solution can be found to improve the flow of water between Marine Stadium and The Broadwater.
A recommendation will be made which provides the greatest benefit without impacting on the environmental values, safety, and existing uses of the area.
GCWA are leading the project and have awarded AECOM the contract for detailed design, procurement and construction. Stakeholders have provided feedback on the concept design to be incorporated into the preliminary design with construction due to commence in late-2022.
The Muriel Henchman Park Precinct concept design includes a dedicated Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) emergency launching and equipment storage, provision for existing community and sporting clubs to have a dedicated space to meet and increased boat ramp and parking facilities reflecting the growing demand for recreational boating activities.
SLSQ facility to be funded and delivered by SLSQ, increased boat ramp and parking, upgraded amenities and potential future spaces for community and sporting clubs.
37 hectares of critically endangered littoral rainforest and coastal vegetation will be created and supported with a permanent irrigation system to assist restoration of native forest into a healthy and biodiverse system. This green peninsula will provide a platform for learning and interaction for the benefit of future generations.
Targeted vegetation has been cleared in the northern section of the Reserve in preparation for Stage 1 of the irrigation system.
CoGC is leading the project funded by the Queensland Government. Landscape Architect company 8LA is appointed to develop the landscape concept plan in consultation with community groups.
CoGC is leading the project, funded by the Queensland Government, this all-ability accessible Oceanway will connect Philip Park, Muriel Henchman Park and the SeaWorld Drive Shared Pathway revitalising the existing eastern pathway through the Federation Walk Coastal Reserve.
Utilising alignments of existing links it will reduce the need for vegetation removal. Minor realignments may be required to reduce grades allowing for all ability community access to the ocean. A thorough collaborative consultation process will be undertaken in the design phase, expected to commence in second half of 2022.
The Department of Resources have surveyed the landmass and registered the Curlew Island land parcel as an Environmental Reserve under the Land Act 1994. An appropriately resourced trustee for Curlew Island is to be appointed, to protect its significant environmental values, managing, protecting and maintaining the land.
The Queensland Government committed $2.87 million, CoGC $2.4million and SYC $3.7million to help deliver a superyacht berth at the Southport Yacht Club creating more jobs in the rapidly growing superyacht industry. This crucial infrastructure was officially opened by Michael Healy, Member for Cairns, Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry Development and Government’s Superyacht Strategy Champion, on 16 February 2022.
This superyacht berth is a critical component of the Queensland Superyacht Strategy 2018-23 and is the first initiative supported by 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, located adjacent to Jack Gordon Park, supported up to 30 jobs during the construction phase, with many more supported as a result of the project. The new berth will cater for more and larger boats opening up the Gold Coast to some of the world’s largest and most luxurious yachts, benefitting businesses across the region.
To guide the development of distinctly memorable public spaces on The Spit as identified in the master plan, a series of supporting design publications have been developed, with the following three in use.
The Spit Public Realm Guidelines ( 4.6 MB), sets out design characteristics and a minimum accepted standard of materials and finishes covering various elements of the public realm. The guidelines assist in creating a unique look and feel with consistent elements across The Spit supporting public realm projects to contribute to the vision of The Spit, as outlined in the master plan.
Creating distinct visual identities for public spaces helps establish integrated destination planning and management that adds value to the economy and social fabric. The Spit Identity Strategy ( 7.6 MB) sets out the cohesive visual identities created for both The Spit as a whole and a series of distinct but connected visual identities for the master plan precincts. The strategy sets a consistent visual style that celebrates how The Spit shines as the Gold Coast’s park for nature and play and ensures The Spit is easily recognised as a destination. Designs from the strategy are in use, with the new street furniture installed along the Seaway Promenade and Moondarewa Spit taking inspiration from pandanus and turtle as part of the strategy’s hero flora and fauna motifs.
The Spit Wayfinding and Interpretive Framework ( 22.2 MB) expands on the master plan’s vision to enhance the community and visitor’s ability to navigate, experience, and learn from The Spit’s rich, varied environments and history. Setting out wayfinding and interpretive signage and devices concepts, key design criteria, technical considerations for the new suites and a collection of high level interpretive story themes. The framework also identifies proposed locations for wayfinding signage and interpretive signage and devices on The Spit.
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 and the Planning Regulation 2017.
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.
Following a rigorous two-stage expression of interest process Gordon Corporation Pty Ltd was announced as the successful proponent to develop the Village Centre south site.
On 29 December 2022 Gordon Corporation have received development approval for Mantaray Marina and Residences. The mixed-use development comprises 30 luxury units, 67 marina berths and retail space. It’s estimated the project will support more than 300 jobs during construction phase and more than 100 jobs when fully operational.
The State and Gordon Corporation have entered a development management agreement and forecast construction to start on the site in the second quarter of 2023.
The State requested expressions of interest (RFEOI) from suitably qualified and experienced parties (or consortia) interested in developing the Village East Resort Site. The expression of Interest campaign closed on 20 November 2021.
Shortlisted Proponents have submitted their detailed proposals for evaluation. This opportunity is a two-stage development process with the delivery of a public amenities facility and public car park within Hollindale Park and the delivery of a resort-style complex on the Village East Resort site.
The site currently sits unused but has the potential to be utilised for interim uses till the existing lease expires in November 2023 or is relinquished by the lessee.
The State requested expressions of interest (RFEOI) from suitably qualified and experienced parties (or consortia) interested in developing the Village Gateway Site. The expression of Interest campaign closed on 1 December 2021.
This opportunity is a two-stage development process with the delivery of a new Queensland Government Marine Regional Office and associated marina, maritime and community facilities, and the delivery of a residential development.
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The Village Centre North site continues to be an anticipated project within the Spit Masterplan. This site will return as a competitive, two stage, open market process in future.
Last updated: 01 Apr 2022