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A MASTERPLAN for the Gold Coast Broadwater is closer to becoming a reality with talks under way between the State Government and the city council.
Momentum for a new vision is building and community groups and developers behind major resort plans for The Spit will play a big role in shaping the future of the region.
Mayor Tom Tate and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk have held “lengthy” discussions on creating a vision for The Spit, with the community divided over plans to develop sites on the southern Spit.
Despite none yet having approval, Cr Tate will call a roundtable discussion with “major stakeholders”, including ASF Consortium, billionaire Tony Fung’s Aquis, Marina Mirage, Sea World owner Village Roadshow and the Sunland Group to push the plan.
Cr Tate said the meeting would help form a cohesive vision for the area.
Now what? An aerial view of Seaworld and the Broadwater.
“I will call a meeting with stakeholders and ask them to not only look at their own properties but The Spit as a whole precinct,” he said.
“Once we get their thoughts, as well as those of community interest groups, I will meet with the deputy premier and show her what the city’s view is.
“Then we can go forward with the planning.”
Details of the prospective plan are unknown but the Premier yesterday ruled out any development on Wavebreak Island.
Doug Jennings Park is also understood to be off-limits for development.
Ms Palaszczuk revealed yesterday at a Central Chamber of Commerce breakfast that the Broadwater talks were progressing.
The state’s leader said she understood there was significant passion and differing views on the Broadwater.
“There is obviously a lot of interest in the Broadwater and it means a lot for those people who live in the local area,” she said.
“The council is well aware of a couple of developments planned there and ASF is looking to go there too, so in the first instance the council must take stock of what is likely to be happening.
“If there is a growing need and, after conversations between the Deputy Premier and the Mayor there is a view to a masterplan, we will take on board those issues.”
Sunland’s $600m residential and cultural precinct, The Mariner, at Mariner’s Cove.
Sunland’s $600 million The Mariner will go before the council’s planning committee by Christmas while ASF’s plans for an integrated resort and casino on a site south of Sea World will be given to the government for assessment in March.
Mr Fung has confirmed he hopes to redevelop the Sheraton Mirage site but no proposal has yet been put forward.
Save Our Broadwater president and former councillor Alan Rickard welcomed the news and said a masterplan was essential.
“We have taken the lead in calling for a Broadwater masterplan and the government controls most of the land around the Broadwater, so they must facilitate this plan,” he said.
“What we need is a masterplan that is respected by all.”
Talk surrounding the need for a masterplan was sparked by a Gold Coast Bulletin story last month on leading architect Bryn Lummus’ “waterfront city” vision.
His plan divided the Broadwater into protected parklands, a luxury hotel precinct, ocean amphitheatre and cultural ribbon on the western foreshore
ASF local project director Tim Poole said the consortium was open to working with the government and council..
“We support any process that provides certainty to investors and the community,” he said.
“Both a combination of good land use and open space is what is needed.”