Seven precincts have been earmarked as part of a multimillion-dollar plan to revitalise The Spit located on the northern end of Main Beach on the Gold Coast.
The state government has released the latest draft masterplan for the “Ocean Park” that would transform almost 140 hectares of The Spit’s 201 hectares, and would include light rail stations, super-yacht berths, and a proposal for an ocean cruise ship terminal.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said plans for The Spit’s open space areas would see it more than eight times the size of Brisbane’s South Bank parklands and 12 times the size of the public spaces in Syndey’s Barangaroo.
“And the Gold Coast Ocean Park has something none of them have – the Broadwater and the surf.”
Queenslanders provided more than 21,100 pieces of feedback to have their say on the future of The Spit.
Parts of the park are earmarked for sensitive commercial development with a three-story height restriction in place.
This zone centres on Fisherman’s Wharf and Sea World.
The Spit would be divided into seven precincts.
|THE DRAFT PLAN|
|1.||Top of the Spit|
|2.||Wave Break Island|
|3.||Federation Walk coastal reserve|
|4.||Muriel Henchman Park|
Proposals for Phillip park precinct envisage two alternative outcomes — the first addressing the park as open space; while the second outlines the prospect of a cruise ship terminal located in the northern section of Philip Park.
The master plan will not decide whether the potential cruise ship terminal will proceed, stating that “the decision will be subject to a separate process of approval that CoGC may pursue once the master plan has been released”.
New features include 4000sq m set aside for a restored shore rainforest, a light rail extension to Sea World, a super-yacht marina, improved cycle, and walkways through the dunes.
A special curlew habitat will be developed, as well as an underwater sculpture garden for divers to explore.
And the blueprint even includes a “selfie tower” for tourists and locals alike to capture the best shots of the Gold Coast’s skyline.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said he will be “urging council to install the necessary infrastructure in partnership with the local major water users” to supply recycled water in line with the plan to create and maintain a Central Park-style green open space.
The blueprint is being released for further discussion before a final plan is released in the coming months.
Consultation is open until the end of March.