The Queensland government has unveiled three infrastructure projects it will begin work on as part of the $60 million commitment made earlier this year at The Spit on the Gold Coast.
The projects are slated for completion by November 2020, following the release of The Spit Masterplan in May this year that proposed to transform The Spit, located at the northern end of Main Beach on the Gold Coast, into an “Ocean Park”.
The projects chosen for delivery, an initial $6.8 million investment, include a 675-metre cycle pathway upgrade to the Seaway Promenade, community infrastructure works on the Moondarewa Spit and share pathways linking the Muriel Henchman precinct to Doug Jennings Park.
“The projects will be the opening wave of a series of public and private developments,” minister for State Development Cameron Dick said.
Gold Coast Waterways Authority chief executive Hal Morris described the Spit masterplan as a “game changer” for the precinct.
The Queensland government released the masterplan for The Spit following an 18-month process, addressing plans for development within each of the seven precincts. Plans include the potential for a cruise ship terminal located in the northern part of Philip Park.
Just this month, Meriton founder Harry Triguboff chimed into the case for a cruise ship terminal in the area calling it “a must have” for the city.
But local users of The Spit are divided on the proposal, with concern the area could become too overdeveloped.
The Spit is a permanent sand structure that separates the Gold Coast Broadwater from the Pacific Ocean.
Work has already begun on planning and design on the Seaworld Drive shared pathways.
While design works on improvements to the Seaway Promenade and community infrastructure works on the Moondarewa Spit will commence shortly.
Gold Coast-based developer Sunland Group last month listed a 3.9hectare site it had owned for 20 years at The Spit, dubbed “the largest coastal strip development opportunity”.