The Queensland Government is considering an Integrated Resort Development (IRD) on an unused five hectare site between the Gold Coast Fishermen's Co-operative and Sea World on the Southport Spit. It overlooks the Southport Broadwater and is accessed via Seaworld Drive. The IRD site represents less than 3% of the overall land area of The Spit.
The Queensland Government sees an opportunity for investment in much-needed tourism infrastructure on the Gold Coast. It expected an Integrated Resort Development would drive thousands of jobs in construction and operation, provide a significant boost to the number of tourists visiting the Gold Coast, and impact positively on existing Gold Coast businesses.
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 overnight 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 Gold Coast 2016 City Plan allows for building heights beyond three storeys if a project meets performance-based criteria. The Queensland Government and the ASF Consortium will work collaboratively with the City of Gold Coast to address the building height limits.
The Queensland Government acknowledges that views both in favour of and opposed to high rise have been expressed by community members and community groups. This consultation process is the first time the Queensland Government has commissioned independent consultation on the IRD site and the ASF Consortium proposal, and specifically sought community views.
Part of the consultation process is to investigate whether the community considers that the benefits from an Integrated Resort Development would outweigh concerns regarding development on the site.
The site is owned by the Queensland Government.
While no decision has been made about an Integrated Resort Development, the key component is to foster growth in tourism and economic development. It is intended that it would be a catalyst for further development on the Gold Coast.
Other likely benefits of an Integrated Resort Development may include:
- Improved transport connectivity such as water, rail and bus transport links
- Employment in construction and resort operation
- Increased investment elsewhere on the northern Gold Coast
- Uplift in land valuations
- Flow-on effects to regional communities.
The Queensland Government is not proposing to give away Crown Land. A consideration is to lease the site to achieve broad community benefit. The purpose of the consultation is to understand community sentiment regarding the desired benefits to inform further discussions regarding a proposed Integrated Resort Development.
The government leases other Crown Land for private commercial operations on The Spit, on either side of the proposed Integrated Resort Development site, including to Village Roadshow (Sea World), Marina Mirage, Palazzo Versace and the Southport Yacht Club.
Access and parking would need to be resolved as part of a detailed Integrated Resort Development proposal. ASF Consortium has already released some transport concepts for public viewing, but further work needs to be done in consultation with the City of Gold Coast.
An Integrated Resort Development would provide a significant boost to neighbouring businesses through increased visitor numbers, events and activities in the precinct.
ASF Consortium responded to an earlier Expressions of Interest process for an Integrated Resort Development and cruise ship terminal on Wavebreak Island. The Queensland Government elected not to proceed with development on Wavebreak Island and, as a result of that decision, has continued discussions with the ASF Consortium regarding the five hectare site between the Gold Coast Fishermen's Co-operative and Sea World on the Southport Spit.
On Monday 14 October 2013, an Expression of Interest for an Integrated Resort Development was released as part of the Queen's Wharf Brisbane offer to market, with a casino licence also on offer to the successful proponent. At the same time two additional casino licences were released through a separate tender process seeking other Integrated Resort Developments in regional Queensland.
Any new regional Integrated Resort Development proposal must:
- include significant capital investment to create a development that attracts international tourists, where construction commences within 18 months of contractual close
- be located within close proximity to a major population centre with a catchment of at least 150,000 people within a 70 kilometre radius of the regional centre
- be near an operational international airport or an airport that is capable of being upgraded to international standards
- have well-established transport networks and significant existing tourism infrastructure with identified growth potential.
Detailed plans are yet to be developed. This consultation process will inform the next steps with the ASF Consortium.
International visitor growth and a requirement for ongoing investment in tourism infrastructure and services to attract these types of visitors is a major driver as to why the Queensland Government has proposed an Integrated Resort Development on The Spit.
Advancing Tourism 2016-20 ( 2.9 MB) and the State Infrastructure Plan emphasise the importance of tourism to the Queensland economy. Advancing Tourism 2016-20 also outlines the Queensland Government's wider initiative to connect with Asia.
Yes. The Queensland Government's decision to no longer make the cruise ship terminal a mandatory requirement for the proposed Integrated Resort Development on The Spit was based on ensuring coastal development is managed sustainably, for current and future generations, by considering environmental and technical impacts in addition to the economic benefits.
Yes, ASF Consortium is continuing with the existing procurement process where a casino licence is on offer.
A casino is considered an important component of a world-class Integrated Resort Development. The aim is to create a destination with a broad offer, attractive to international tourists.
As part of any detailed proposal the Queensland Government would need to be satisfied that a second casino on the Gold Coast is viable.
As part of the assessment of the Detailed Proposal, ASF Consortium will be required to submit a Queensland Charter for Local Content Statement of Intent to demonstrate its objectives on local industry participation.
This consultation was designed to capture whole of community views regarding the concept of an Integrated Resort Development at this site.
Consultation and feedback processes included community information sessions, business and stakeholder briefings, formal feedback via the project websites or feedback forms, project and consultation factsheets and other communications, project email for registrations and 1800 number for inquiries.
The Community Consultation has now closed.
Feedback and commentary will be collated in reports for stakeholders and the community, and for the Queensland Government to inform ongoing discussions with ASF Consortium over its proposal.
The consideration of the Integrated Resort Development site and ASF Consortium proposal was unrelated to the consultation regarding protection and enhancement of the northern end of The Spit. However, it was efficient to conduct the two consultation programs at the same time because the two projects were likely to be of interest to similar community groups and community members.
The Queensland Government acknowledges there has been previous community consultation by other parties regarding the Integrated Resort Development proposal, however, this is the first time the Queensland Government has commissioned independent consultation on the Integrated Resort Development site and the ASF Consortium proposal, and specifically sought community views.
The Queensland Government's independent consultation is separate to the ASF Consortium's consultation and communications about its proposed Integrated Resort Development on The Spit. The Queensland Government has not received a detailed proposal from ASF Consortium and the results of the consultation program will inform the next steps in the Queensland Government's discussions with ASF Consortium. The Gold Coast City Plan 2016 will be considered as part of the process.
No final decision on an Integrated Resort Development has been made. The community has been consulted about how an Integrated Resort Development on The Spit could best benefit the Gold Coast and the broader community. The results of the consultation will inform the next steps in the Queensland Government's discussions with the ASF Consortium.
Donaldson Consulting Group will collate the feedback and commentary and prepare reports for stakeholders and the community, and for the Queensland Government to inform ongoing discussions with ASF Consortium over its proposal.