$23 million adds some polish to The Spit

October 29, 2020

A re-elected Palaszczuk Labor Government will invest almost $23 million upgrading public facilities at the Gold Coast Spit, creating 76 new jobs.

Tourism Minister Kate Jones said the Spit held special significance for Gold Coast residents.

“The wide open spaces surrounded by water at the Spit is the Gold Coast’s playground,” she said.

“Whether they come here to cast a line, go for surf, walk the dog or just pull up a camping chair and take in the sea breeze, the Spit is special.

“Labor will keep it that way, and we’ll also invest in upgraded public facilities for those locals and tourists who come here to enjoy it.”

Projects under the $23 million plan include a pontoon and jetty in Marine Stadium and planning for Muriel Henchman Park improvements including new boat ramps, pontoons and parking.

Ms Jones said the job-creating projects were part of a four-year works program to support the Gold Coast’s economic recovery.

“Delivering the Spit Master Plan is about enhancing one of the Gold Coast’s most popular and well-used public spaces,” Ms Jones said.

"The Spit Master Plan was developed following one of the biggest public consultation programs ever seen on the Gold Coast.

“It’s truly a plan created for the community by the community."

Labor Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the new projects would be delivered over the next four to five years.

“These are projects that have been identified as priorities in the master plan,” Mr Bailey said. 

“We’ll also establish a littoral rainforest on Federation Walk to preserve this stretch of unique coastal vegetation for the benefit of future generations.”

Labor Candidate for Southport Susie Gallagher said a Seaward promenade would provide a level and accessible surface for visitors to take in views of the ocean, South Stradbroke Island and the Gold Coast coastline.

“A network of pathways will provide better access for pedestrians and cyclists to move between Seaworld Drive, Federation Walk and Oceanway Pathways,” Ms Gallagher said.

“The works will also include a platform to allow surfers to safely enter the water.” 

Treasurer, Minister Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said at a time when the Palaszczuk Labor Government is supporting initiatives to create jobs and investing in infrastructure, now is not the time for more LNP cuts.

“Deb Frecklington's plan to return to surplus in just four years means cuts to jobs and services,” The Treasurer said. 

“The LNP's obsession with a surplus is reckless. It will damage the Queensland economy, just as we are starting to recover from the global pandemic.

“That's why Deb Frecklington and the LNP are such a risk to Queensland's ongoing Economic Recovery Plan.”

Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA) and the City of Gold Coast will deliver the projects of The Spit Master Plan in partnership with the Department of State Development, Tourism and Innovation.

The new projects will also be delivered in alignment with the new The Spit Public Realm Guidelines, which have been finalised following community consultation.

The Spit Works Program 2020-2024 can be viewed on the Gold Coast Waterways Authority website www.gcwa.qld.gov.au/spit-master-plan/