The state government has announced a series of upgrades for The Spit, to kick start works on The Spit Master Plan.
$6.84 million will be invested into the initial phase, which will see three projects delivered for the top area of the much-loved Gold Coast icon.
The projects include:
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- the design, scoping and delivery of improvements to the Seaway Promenade, which will include a four-metre-wide pedestrian and cycle pathway built.
- community infrastructure works on the Moondarewa Spit, including extensive new planting, new pathways and recreational facilities, which includes a series of picnic shelters and a public amenities block.
- Seaworld Drive shared pathways, linking the Muriel Henchman precinct to Doug Jennings Park.
Scoping, planning and design work on the shared pathways has already begun, while design work on the Seaway Promenade will get underway shortly.
The projects are expected to be completed by the end of next year and will support 22 jobs.
Minister for State Development Cameron Dick says these upgrades mark an exciting time for the Gold Coast.
“Following on from the release of The Spit Master Plan in May this year, this funding will kick-start delivery of key projects to support jobs and enhance livability, safety and accessibility on The Spit, as part of a $60 million commitment by the Palaszczuk Government.
“The projects will be the opening wave of a series of public and private developments on The Spit that could see up to 1800 jobs supported and creation of a clearly defined tourism and recreation destination,” Mr Dick said.
“When we released The Spit Masterplan, the Queensland Government committed $60 million to kick-start job creating projects on The Spit and we’re getting on with the job.
“The top of The Spit is hugely popular with Gold Coast families, whether they are heading out along the seaway to fish, taking the dog for a walk or going for a swim.
“Added to that you have divers and surfers heading across to The Other Side (South Stradbroke Island), boaties using facilities at Muriel Henchman Park, those exercising along Federation Walk and others just relaxing and taking in the sun.
“It’s really a spot that offers so much to so many people and this work will enhance those experiences,” Mr Dick said.
Gold Coast Waterways Authority CEO Hal Morris says it’s an exciting time for The Spit.
‘The Master Plan is a game changer for The Spit and for our waterways city.
‘The improvements planned for Moondarewa Spit and the Seaway Promenade will really enhance the connection between the Broadwater and the foreshore, creating new opportunities for people to enjoy them,” Mr Morris said.