THE State Government has released a draft report identifying a huge list of options for the future of The Spit following extensive community consultation.
The Mater Plan options report divides The Spit into seven distinctive precincts – the Top of The Spit, Wave Break Island, Federation Walk coastal reserve, Muriel Henchman Park, Village centre, Philip Park and Southern Gateway.
Seventy-two options are mentioned in the report, including the possibility of an Oceanside Cruise Ship Terminal at Philip Park and an “iconic landmark building” at the Top of the Spit.
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‘Glamping’ facilities, toilets, shelter and a dive site could also be constructed on Wave Break Island, while a boardwalk and a coastal rainforest covering at least five hectares is slated for the Federation Walk coastal reserve.
Gold Coasters will have four weeks to jump online and have their say on the ideas, which aim to strike a balance between protecting a “green peninsula” and breathing new life into the area.
The 72 ideas were recommended by locals during months of community consultation.
Six big-picture elements had been identified during the process, including making more of The Spit as a destination while enhancing its natural attributes.
Improving public spaces while celebrating history and culture was also high on the list, as was enhancing pedestrian and cycle access and promoting The Spit for world-class maritime activities.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said Gold Coast residents treasure The Spit and had embraced the master planning process.
“The area needs a master plan and has needed one for decades, so it’s great to see so many ideas come out of the consultation so far,” Mayor Tate said.
“I am pleased to be working with the State Government to deliver a future direction for The Spit, on which we can all agree.”
Gold Coast Waterways Authority board chair Mara Bun said that waterways were complex environments requiring responsible management and nowhere is this clearer than on The Spit.
“One of my Board’s highest priorities is to place a greater focus on sustainable, integrated waterways management,” Ms Bun said.
“The Spit Master Plan is therefore about planning for the waterways as well as the land and it’s important that we recognise the economic opportunities for all residents and visitors whilst sustaining environmental values well into the future.”
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said public consultation on the master plan options will be held over the next four weeks and will include a series of pop up information sessions and an online survey.
“We know The Spit is a much-loved area of the Gold Coast, so I encourage all Gold Coast business owners, residents and visitors to the Spit to have their say,” he said.
“Following the close of consultation, the feedback received will be analysed and summarised as the basis for determining the preferred content of the draft master plan for The Spit.
“A third master planning workshop will be held in early December to consider this information and focus on the preparation of the draft master plan, which is proposed to be released for public comment early next year.”
The final master plan is expected to be completed by mid-2019.
The view The Spit master plan options report in full, click here.