Southport Spit master plan underway following appointment of local firms

Preparations for The Spit Master Plan are now well underway following the appointment of two local planning and design firms.

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick revealed on Friday that the consortium will be headed up by South East Queensland’s John Gaskell Planning Consultants and Deicke Richards.

“This significant appointment means work can now begin on the next stage of this important process, in collaboration with Gold Coast City Council and Gold Coast Waterways Authority,” Mr Dick said.


“John Gaskell Planning Consultants with Deicke Richards will bring the right balance of skills and expertise, including experience in running complex ‘enquiry by design’ processes, to establish a shared vision for the long-term future of The Spit.”

So far, more than 550 people have attended pop-up information sessions at Gold Coast shopping centres, libraries and public parks to give their views about The Spit.

More than 200 online surveys have also been received through the project website.

“Information collected at pop-up information sessions and through online surveys will feed into a major consultation event to be held in late April, where key stakeholders can put forward their vision for the future of The Spit and contribute to setting the direction of the master planning process,” Mr Dick said.

“Some of the key themes emerging from community feedback so far are keeping the area as natural as possible, public transport and infrastructure.”