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.
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 won the tender to design these community facilities. Design works are underway, with construction due to commence in mid-2020.
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. Place Design Group is completing the design work on this project, with construction expected to commence in mid-2020.
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.
The first site is a 9842m2 site in the Village Centre South precinct that is adjacent to Mariner’s Cove Marina. The second site is a total of 4.42 hectares in the Village Centre North precinct south of Sea World with an adjoining 1.97-hectare seabed lease.
The sites are being marketed by CBRE Gold Coast and are undergoing a two-stage competitive bid process.
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 $2 million to help deliver a superyacht berth at the Southport Yacht Club to create more jobs in the rapidly growing superyacht industry.
The Southport Yacht Club estimates the $7.7 million superyacht berth project, to be located adjacent to Jack Gordon Park, will support up to 25 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.
The project will need to meet all planning and approval requirements.