Australian property developer Walker Corporation has submitted a development application for a 73 hectare master-planned community that will connect Robina, Merrimac and Gold Coast City Council’s planned Green Heart Parklands.
The project, “Breakwater”, is expected to deliver a $1.2 billion injection into the local economy, off the back of 485 full time jobs anticipated during construction.
The proposed masterplan will deliver 2,000 townhouses and apartments – offering 3,700 residents new homes in a prominent location. It will also deliver new roads and public transport, as well as unlock 50 hectares of public open space, lakes and parklands, linked by six kilometres of path and cycle ways to the city's planned Green Heart Parklands.
Breakwater will deliver critical new infrastructure to the fast-growing Merrimac-Robina region. The addition of two new roads will provide alternative routes and improve access to Robina Hospital, Robina Train Station, All Saints Anglican School and Robina Raptors Junior Rugby League club.
This infrastructure will reduce the volume of cars daily by 600-800 along Breakwater Drive.
Walker Corporation General Manager Queensland Peter Saba said projections showed the city is expected to add 351,000 residents between 2011 and 2036, resulting in a requirement for 177,800 homes.
“It makes sense to provide new housing near existing infrastructure in established, employment-rich areas like Robina, where people can live, work, study and socialise within their neighbourhood, instead of moving to 'fringe' suburbs with a lack of infrastructure and facilities,” he said.
"We have thought carefully about the mix of housing to be included in Breakwater, with a view to creating a diverse and inclusive community suitable for people at all stages of life.
"The value for existing residents is in the new transport network, which will encourage use of the train station, less than one kilometre away, and new pedestrian links, supported by two new roads connecting to education, health, sporting and lifestyle amenities."Much of the Breakwater site is highly-modified agricultural land, which has current rehabilitation plans to the benefit of both residents and native wildlife.
A range of facilities to promote 'active and healthy living' such as lakes with canoe launch platforms, nature corridors, sports ovals and playgrounds are also included.
Walker Corporation has already started a community consultation program to answer any questions local residents may have about the new masterplan, and listen to feedback about the development.
Pending approval, construction could commence in 2018, with the community to take shape over the next decade.