Momentum is building with the delivery of a number of projects identified within The Spit Master Plan. The Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA) are leading the implementation of community infrastructure projects with the assistance of the Queensland Government.
The Spit Four Year Works Program
Planning is underway on the rollout of a series of projects totalling $30.7 million for community infrastructure and public realm improvements on The Spit, following approval by the Queensland Government of GCWA’s The Spit Four Year Works Program 2020 – 2024.
In addition to the initial three capital works projects, new projects for delivery include a pontoon and jetty in Marine Stadium, the redevelopment of the Muriel Henchman Boat Ramp Facility including new boat ramps, pontoons and increased parking and the establishment of a littoral rainforest in Federation Walk to preserve this endangered ecological community for the benefit of future generations.
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 will have information on the most current and forthcoming consultation activities.
The Spit Shared Pathway Project, Seaworld Drive
Respected construction company Hazell Bros is completing the final stages of the first community infrastructure project arising from The Spit Master Plan, a shared pathway along Seaworld Drive. The 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 about 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.
The Seaworld Drive shared pathway is now open to the public to enjoy.
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.
Along Seaway Promenade, the finals stages of works to upgrade the existing, uneven surface with a new, level pathway are reaching completion. 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. . This project is being delivered by GCWA with funding provided by the Queensland Government and is due for completion by February 2021.
The Seaworld Drive Shared Pathway, the Moondarewa Spit project and the Seaway Promenade project once complete, have created more public spaces at the top of The Spit for community and visitors alike to enjoy.
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 in the rapidly growing superyacht industry. 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 benefitting businesses across the region.
The project is well underway and scheduled to be operational by - March 2021.
The Spit Master Plan – Guidelines and Standards
Work on the creation of a series of guidelines and strategies for the development of public spaces on The Spit as identified in the master plan is underway, with the following publications now available following public consultation processes.
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. 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.
Creating distinct visual identities for public spaces helps establish integrated destination planning and management that adds value to the economy, social fabric and ecology. The Spit Identity Strategy ( 7.7 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.
Last updated: Monday, Jan 25, 2021