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Oct
19

Masterplan at The Spit set to unite developers

THE State Government is under pressure to draw up a masterplan to control development on the Spit south of Sea World.

Main Beach Progresss Association president Terence Mulligan said a masterplan was needed to make sure projects were not burdened by jurisdictional issues.

“I think it is terrific that conversation is happening between developers and other interest groups,” he said.
“I have had a look at the Sunland development at Mariners Cove and they have put forward ... changes to street flows but they do not appear take into consideration traffic from other projects.

“I think a bigger, broader plan for the entire area needs to happen so developments are built with all the information available.
“We are very keen to see these same projects helping to keep the cultural aspect of The Spit in touch.

“When Soul was built they had to redevelop the waterfront and these companies have certain budgets for that work.”

Gold Coast City Council planning committee chairman Cameron Caldwell said there could be room for developers to help renew nearby areas.

“There is capacity for development to make contributions to improve the nearby vicinities,” he said.

Sustainable Development Gold Coast president Bryn Lummus, a leading architect who has worked on highrises in Dubai, said he had submitted a masterplan proposal to the State Government.

“(We) believe a master planning process is urgently required to develop the previous studies into a strategic plan for the whole of the Broadwater and adjoining land,” he said.

“The Broadwater is one of our best assets but has become our biggest problem area and we need to solve this puzzle.

“A strategic masterplan is needed to balance the interests of a broad range of stakeholders and the community as a whole.”

A spokeswoman for Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said a formal request for masterplanning at The Spit had not been lodged.

“Should a request be received it will be given appropriate consideration and assessed by the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning,” she said