THE Spit master plan is one step closer to being finalised following extensive public feedback.
Almost 1000 people attended pop-up information and feedback sessions across the Coast during the consultation period, and more than 1200 completed online surveys.
A further 1800 comments were left on the draft master plan, which was downloaded 1540 times, while the website was visited 7000 times.
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Community consultation has now closed, with the final stakeholder workshop marking the last step before the master plan is finalised.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the feedback would feed into the blueprint to help make the area a jewel for the entire state.
“We’re talking about a plan that will see almost 140 hectares of The Spit’s 201 hectares set aside for park activities,” the Premier said.
“This will rival the best parks in the world, including New York’s Central Park (340 hectares) and Hyde Park London (142 hectares).”
State Development Minister Cameron Dick said while the community supported the draft master plan, it also identified ways it could be improved.
“This includes grouping complementary experiences and activities throughout the village centre to maximise the tourist offerings along The Spit,” Mr Dick said.
“It was also suggested that the underwater dive attraction at Wave Break Island should include swimming and snorkelling.
“Other feedback said additional pedestrian crossings should be considered within the southern gateway precinct to provide more convenient and safe crossing opportunities.
“This sort of community commentary is incredibly valuable, and now our master planning team will take these suggestions to further refine and soon deliver The Spit master plan.”
Mr Dick said the government was determined to get the balance right between protecting environmental and community values and allowing appropriate commercial development on The Spit.
“We’ve said all along, this will be a plan created by the community, for the community,” he said.
“We’ll keep working to deliver what the city wants from The Spit, and we thank everyone who has been part of this master plan process.
“With thousands of great ideas gathered from the local community through pop-up sessions, community workshops and online, we’ve ensured the Gold Coast has been heard.
“This is a plan that will shape an exciting new future for one of the most loved parts of the Gold Coast.”
For information on The Spit master plan, click here.