Draft plan protestors gather outside City of Gold Coast

A protest was held at the City of Gold Coast building in Evandale on Friday.

Over 20 members of Gecko gathered together to call for changes to be made to the Draft City Plan 2015.

The group wore t shirts which featured an image of a skeleton.  Mr Feeney explained that the Draft was the bare bones, and did not have any muscle.


Former Town Planner Brian Feeney has been advising the group and said there are a few things to be worried about.

One, he said is a lack of protection for some iconic areas including James Street at Burleigh Heads.

There are fears the Burleigh Heads village centre could lose its special character under a new “on size fits all approach across the whole city”.

In Burleigh, the existing town plan stated “the preservation of a village atmosphere of paramount importance” while the new draft put James Street in a city-wide “centre” zone with generous guidelines for development.  This could result in large scale development up to 4000 square metres in size.

“James Street’s character is under threat if the draft goes ahead, as is that of Griffith Street at Coolangatta.”

Other areas that Gecko is worried about include Broadbeach, Burleigh Ridge, Currumbin Hill, Nerang, Palm Beach and Springbrook.  Mr Feeney said they too will lose their local area plans.

Council admitted there is a typo in the latest rates notice, which advises the closing date for submissions is August 20, the correct date is July 29.

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