Council Refuses Ridong's $160m Gold Coast Development


Council has voted unanimously to refuse Ridong Group's $160 million development in Tallebudgera following backlash from the community.

The 249-page application sparked concerns from councillors at the meeting who cited issues with the development’s size, height and use as well as general flooding in the area.

The Chinese development company submitted the application for the 50-hectare site in September 2018.

Ridong wanted to build 162 villas, 98 hotel rooms, four restaurants, a wedding chapel, day spa with 32 treatment rooms, museum, gallery, gardens and private lake on the property located at 49 Tallebudgera Connection Road.

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▲ One of the existing buildings on the $160m Ridong development site on the Gold Coast.
▲ One of the existing buildings on the $160m Ridong development site on the Gold Coast.

Two existing properties on the site would be repurposed with a stately white mansion becoming a restaurant and pool on the lower levels and living quarters above.

The other buildings on the site were modern and would be built-out over man-made canals.

Councillor Daphne McDonald voted against the development in her division and took to Facebook to share the news.

“The officers gave a very comprehensive list of reasons for refusal and would have been difficult for anyone to argue against their recommendation,” McDonald said.

“Be aware that this decision can be appealed and the applicants can also submit another development application.”

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