Environmentalists are spitting chips over Main Beach casino development

AFTER years of negotiations and massive community backlash, a large development will go ahead on Crown land at the Spit.

The Queensland Government today confirmed the Gold Coast’s multi-million dollar integrated resort is back on track following agreement on a home base at Main Beach.

ASF Consortium has been handed a five hectare site between Sea World and the Gold Coast Fishermen’s Co-operative to build a resort and casino.


The original plan, which included a controversial cruise ship terminal, was knocked on the head when Labor took power earlier this year and refused to grant approval to the plan to develop Wavebreak Island.

State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham is happy to tell myGC, the process is back on track.

“The Government has delivered on its election commitment to protect Wavebreak Island and this valuable natural asset for generations to come,” Dr Lynham says.

“Construction of a new resort development and casino will generate thousands of new jobs during construction and thousands more long term jobs and training opportunities once facilities are operating,” he adds.

“This news can only add to the rising level of activity and excitement on the Gold Coast as it ramps up for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the influx of visitors and global exposure it will bring.”

Due to the continual compromises being made over the project, ASF Consortium is yet to reveal its plan, but is expected to unveil a detailed master plan proposal early next year.

Dr Lynman is unable to speculate on how traffic will be managed in the area, which already suffers major gridlock on a typical weekend.

“We’ve had initial discussions and consultations about the traffic issue. But it’s very early stage talks.”

Not everyone is happy with the plans, with Save Our Spit being a very vocal opponent to any development in the area.

“That area, of Seaworld, Sherraton and Versace should retain its low-rise atmosphere and its maritime and entertainment base, which previous councils over two decades have negotiated with all the stakeholders,” SOS President Dr Steven Gration tells myGC.

“We hoped that we would go through a process with the Labor Government where we would consult with them about our vision, the community’s vision, about how (the southern Spit) should be utilised,” Dr Gration adds.

Community consultation is expected after ASF Consortium reveals its new plans.