The Gold Coast City Council has signalled its support for the State Government continuing its consideration of ASF Consortium’s proposal for the Gold Coast Broadwater.
Two Integrated Resort Development (IRD) Expressions of Interest have been lodged with the State, including ASF’s proposed multi-billion dollar residential and resort development and cruise ship terminal.
Mayor Tom Tate said a special meeting of Council on Friday resolved to support the ‘continued application of due process and consideration in respect of the ASF proposal’ as part of the State’s IRD process.
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“As we understand it, there have been two Gold Coast-based IRD proposals presented to the State. This represents a strong signal of developer confidence in the city and we support the State applying a fair and rigorous IRD assessment process,” Mayor Tate said.
“But as far as the Broadwater is concerned, we will tell the State that Council doesn’t support development within Doug Jennings Park and the Southern Peninsular,” Mayor Tate said.
“And we want the State to know we are aware of strong community concern about development along the Spit north of Seaworld,” Mayor Tate said.
“We believe ASF has taken Council’s concerns on board, but as we aren’t privy to their detailed plans, it is important that we put this in writing to the Government for their new process.
“And we will also reiterate that any development would need to be at ‘no cost and no risk’ to Council, and the city’s ratepayers.”
Mayor Tate said the State Government had sought Council’s feedback on ASF’s proposal, and community consultation as part of its deliberations on the IRD process.
“As yet, we have only seen a high-level concept from ASF, so we are not in a position to provide an unqualified opinion.
“Council did hear a report from ASF on their community consultation, which they need to present to the State Government by Monday,”
“Based on what was presented today it appears the community is well aware of ASF’s concept and there is majority support, with people wanting economic benefit for the city, but only if other major concerns, including environmental and access issue, are addressed.”