Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Sunday the Spit’s beach and parkland will be protected forever and given a family friendly make-over.
State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the Government’s commitment to the Spit came as the ASF Consortium unveiled its planned integrated resort development proposal for the southern end of the Spit.
“My Government has preserved Wave Break Island and now it is timely to consider the long-term future of the existing public areas on the Spit, north of the Council carpark,” the Premier said.
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“The beauty of this piece of coastline is close to the hearts of locals and generations of Queenslanders but it badly needs a clean-up and rejuvenation.
“I’ve listened to so many on-going complaints concerning illegal campers and persistent littering. We need to better manage the future of such a special area,” the Premier said.
Dr Lynham will oversee the work to protect and make over the northern Spit.
Speaking from the Gold Coast on Sunday, Dr Lynham said the stretch of beaches and green space along the sandy Spit is a natural playground for families and visitors.
“But it’s crying out for a make-over, fresh concepts and more public amenities.
“In the New Year, we will work-up a detailed plan for the approximately 140 hectares of coastal parkland – an area nearly eight times the size of Brisbane’s Southbank Parklands.
“I will consult with Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate and seek his input on how we can best rejuvenate the Southport Spit and protect the popular landmark as public amenity space in perpetuity,” Dr Lynham said.
Replanting of native vegetation at the northern end, plus well defined and maintained walking trails and better toilet and changing facilities are some of the amenities the Premier wants included in the proposed management plan.
Better facilities for surfers and scuba divers would be considered too.
The Department of State Development will undertake independent public consultation on ASF’s proposal.
To see ASF’S proposed development click here.