THE Gold Coast has been given a sky-high lift with construction of the Kirra Groyne Helipad now officially complete.
City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the completion of the Kirra Groyne Helipad was another way the City was positioning the Gold Coast as a world-class tourism destination.
“This is about giving our visitors something different, a new experience to add to the smorgasbord of fun on the menu,” Mayor Tate said.
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“Tourism directly contributed $4.7 billion to the Gold Coast economy and sustained more than 30,000 direct jobs in the city in 2013.
“However, our Destination Tourism Management Plan highlights the need for us to bring new tourism products and experiences to the table if we are to achieve our goal of doubling visitor expenditure by 2020.”
Mayor Tate said the helipad would have the capacity to service tourism during major events and emergency operations.
“We’ve already seen strong interest in using the helipad for events in the precinct such as the Cooly Rocks On festival,” Mayor Tate said.
“Then there’s the exciting potential for the site to be used by joy flight operators and surf tours.
“Operators can apply for an Aircraft Operations License on our website with no application charge for businesses that operate from premises within the city under our No Fees Initiative.”
Mayor Tate said the City was committed to working on opportunities for more tourism infrastructure on the Gold Coast.
“Since developing the helipad concept just six months ago, we’ve completed re-profiling works on the groyne to allow helicopters to land safely,” he said.
“Other landing spots on the southern Gold Coast’s foreshore may be investigated depending on the helipad’s success.”
The helipad is located at the end of the Kirra Groyne. For more info, click here.