Labor promises $23M to upgrade the Spit, reveals location of satellite hospital

Almost $23 million will be put towards upgrading public facilities at the Spit, if the Palaszczuk Government is re-elected on Saturday.

Part of the multi-million dollar project includes new boat ramps, pontoons and parking at Muriel Henchman Park, along with a pontoon and jetty in Marine Stadium.

Tourism Minister Kate Jones said the job-creating projects were part of a four-year works program to support the Gold Coast’s economic recovery.


“Delivering the Spit Master Plan is about enhancing one of the Gold Coast’s most popular and well-used public spaces,” Ms Jones said.

“The Spit Master Plan was developed following one of the biggest public consultation programs ever seen on the Gold Coast.

“It’s truly a plan created for the community by the community.”

It’s understood the upgrades would be delivered over the next four to five years, after being identified as priorities in the master plan.

“The wide open spaces surrounded by water at the Spit is the Gold Coast’s playground,” Ms Jones said.

“Whether they come here to cast a line, go for surf, walk the dog or just pull up a camping chair and take in the sea breeze, the Spit is special.

“Labor will keep it that way, and we’ll also invest in upgraded public facilities for those locals and tourists who come here to enjoy it.”

Meanwhile, Labor has today also unveiled the preferred location for a potential new $40 million Gold Coast Satellite Hospital.

Speaking on the Gold Coast on Thursday, Deputy Premier and Health Minister Steven Miles said Tugun would be the ideal home for the proposed multimillion dollar public health facility.

“This Australian first healthcare initiative will mean Queenslanders can access public care closer to home in a more convenient setting,” Mr Miles said.

“A Satellite Hospital in Tugun will be tailored to the needs of the Gold Coast community and can include ambulatory and simple day therapy services such as renal dialysis, chemotherapy, complex wound management, and urgent care for minor injury and illness.”

Minister Miles said the Gold Coast Satellite Hospital will “provide opportunities to incorporate innovative workforce models” and “virtual health opportunities” including a range of rapid access consults, care co-ordination, remote monitoring and patient literacy services.

The State Government said construction of the hospital will also support local construction jobs.

“As well as delivering greater access to health care for our community, the construction of the new Satellite Hospital will also support 116 local construction jobs among 768 construction jobs supported across the South East,” Labor candidate for Currumbin Kaylee Campradt said.