GCIMP Media Release

Media Release

Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning The Honourable Jeff Seeney


Call for feedback on International Marine Precinct

Wednesday, October 03, 2012


Gold Coast boaties, residents and industry are invited to have their say on the environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed $390 million Gold Coast International Marine Precinct.


Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said comments and submissions received through the public consultation period would be fed into the Coordinator-General’s decision-making process.


“If approved, residents and visitors to the Gold Coast will ultimately benefit from this investment and can expect to see major improvements to the Shipper Drive site in Coomera,” Mr Seeney said.


“It will also give a welcome boost to tourism, one of the four pillars of the economy, as well as employment.


“Public feedback will bring us a step closer to determining whether or not the project stacks up.”


The project includes plans for:

  • 28.9 hectares for a marine industrial zone
  • a stacked dry boat storage facility for about 290 vessels
  • 4.5 hectares internal marina with about 110 berths
  • external marina within the Coomera River with 280 multiple-sized berths
  • 9.3 hectares mixed-use precinct—sales showroom, office space, small-scale light industry, yacht club, restaurants and retail outlets, and
  • A TAFE college including a Centre of Excellence and a workshop devoted to marine-industry training


Mr Seeney said the public would have four weeks to have their say and make a submission on Harbour Island Pty Ltd’s proposed 63.5-hectare development from Monday 8 October, 2012.


Submissions close at 5pm on Friday 2 November, 2012. The EIS can be downloaded from this link ‘EIS Download Page’. Interested parties can also call (07) 5526 1500.


The EIS is also available for viewing at:

  • Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water and Communities Resource Library, John Gorton Building, King Edward Terrace, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory
  • Gold Coast City Council Administration Centre, 135 Bundall Road, Bundall
  • Helensvale Library, 31 Discovery Drive, Helensvale
  • State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Bank, Brisbane.

Plans to bring customers back to hard-hit Highway Strip

Gold Coast Bulletin article, 26 July 2013


The Gold Coast’s largest business lobby group is launching a campaign to revitalise the highway strip between Broadbeach and Burleigh Heads.


The Central Chamber of Commerce, which represents businesses between Surfers Paradise and Burleigh and as far west as Nerang, has won Gold Coast City Council funding for the scheme.


Town planning consultant (Director of Planit Consulting) Boyd Sargeant, who represents Broadbeach and Mermaid Beach on the Chamber board, says the “GC Strip” plan is designed to encourage Gold Coast residents to support businesses along the Gold Coast highway.


“The business strip along the Gold Coast between Broadbeach and Burleigh has been hurting since the impact of the Global Financial Crisis in 2008,” said Mr Sargeant.


“You only have to go for a drive along the highway and see the number of empty shops and commercial buildings to know the area is hurting.


“The GC Strip is designed to develop a brand for the area, lift its profile as a business destination and help revitalise businesses that are operating in the area.”


Mr Sargeant said the first stage of the program was to set up a GC Strip website, which would promote the strip as a shopping and leisure destination and to promote the businesses based along the highway.


“We have identified more than 700 businesses operating along the highway and we will be writing to all of them about the program,” he said.


“We already have the support of some of the larger, more established businesses in the area and we are hoping that more businesses get behind the scheme.”


Mr Sargeant congratulated Gold Coast Councillors Paul Taylor and Greg Betts who provided strong support for the scheme.


“I raised our concerns about the state of the business community along the Gold Coast Highway with them and they immediately offered their support,” said Mr Sargeant.


“It was refreshing to receive that level of support from the Council.”


Mr Sargeant said some sections of the business community along the Gold Coast Highway were performing exceptionally well while others were suffering badly.


“If you visit the Nobby Beach area on any weekend you will find that the restaurants and cafes are all packed and there is an exciting feel about the precinct,” he said.


“The Chamber would like to help extend that excitement and appeal all the way along the highway between Broadbeach and Burleigh.”


Mr Sargeant said that in the long term, the Council needed to allow increases in height limits and population densities for the area to thrive.


“We’re not advocating highrises in residential areas.


“But certainly we should see increased height along the highway, as well as redevelopment of the hundreds of old shacks into higher-density but low-rise dwellings to provide the desired residential development form,” he said.


Mr Sargeant said the area would not be able to support future infrastructure plans, including the extension of the light rail, if its development – and population – did not grow.


“I’m a resident and business owner in Mermaid and we don’t want to lose the qualities that make it such a great place to be,” he said.


“But if we don’t move forward, we’ll go backwards, in terms of business strength, property values and infrastructure opportunities.”


Planit Gains Federal Environmental Approval For Cruise Ship Terminal

Gold Coast Bulletin article, 18 March 2013


In 2012, Planit Consulting was appointed to prepared a detailed master plan for the Gold Coast Ocean Terminal. The proposal is for the development of a three berth cruise ship facility with associated hotels, resorts, potential casino, retail and accommodation facilities, over approximately 100 hectares at North Kirra beach on the southern Gold Coast. In March this year, Planit was successful in obtaining Federal Government approval under the EPBCA for the proposal.


The $2.1 billion Gold Coast Ocean Terminal proposed for Bilinga has not been sunk, with a federal environmental department giving it the green light.


Billionaire Bob Ell along with fellow backers, Dennis and Lester Hughes, in November last year scrapped the proposal when the Gold Coast City Council steered the Newman Government towards seeking tenders for a Broadwater cruise ship terminal.


In a stunning turnaround, Gold Coast Ocean Terminal executive director Dennis Hughes has told the Bulletin the consortium was now ready to proceed at Bilinga, despite an earlier “kick in the pants” from the Government.


“We got the tick off (from the Federal Government) and we’re ready to roll. All we need is the state (approval) and we’re ready to build,” he said.


“The state sent us a letter saying we can’t have two (cruise ship terminals) — that was a few months ago.


“We are pretty focused people. We will sit back and wait.”


The game-changer for the southern Coast consortium was a positive assessment from the officers at the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.


The department has given approval for the project, subject to it avoiding significant impacts on any threatened species, not dredging more than 100m from the development footprint and not undertaking any sea-dumping activities.


Plans for the Ocean Terminal show a beach harbour which includes three ship berths, 28 superyacht berths, three resorts and an option for a casino on a 93ha site.


“It’s a really good report from the Federal Government,” Mr Hughes said. “We’re a bit disappointed with the state. We thought they would favour us with the feds.


“It’s a kick in the pants.”


Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney (see breakout opposite) has defended the Government’s position, admitting “the current process is (not) a project approval” for the Broadwater bid.


“The current Broadwater process was significantly informed by the Gold Coast City Council, which believed the Broadwater to be a vital location for the next wave of tourism investment on the Coast,” a spokesman for Mr Seeney said.


Mr Hughes, whose family company helped build the walls for the Seaway, suggested any Broadwater proposal would fail to meet environmental and engineering requirements. “We believe it is not going to go ahead,” he said.


“I can’t imagine anyone coming in here, moving all those walls and wrecking the sea life. They can’t get the really big ships in,” he said.


The response by the Ocean Terminal consortium to key questions raised by the department, for the first time, shows the challenges ahead for the Broadwater proposal.


But the scope of the department’s concerns has not included any impact on the surfing break.


GCIMP Terms of Reference

Release of New Terms of Reference


On 7 July 2011, the Coordinator General declared the Gold Coast International Marine Precinct to be a ‘significant project’ under section 26 of the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 (SDPWO Act). A final Terms of Reference (ToR) was released by the Coordinator General on 22 December 2011.


An EIS is in the process of being prepared in accordance with the final ToR. Once the EIS is deemed to satisfactorily address the ToR by the Coordinator General, the EIS will be released for public and advisory agency review and comment.


The new Terms of Reference can be viewed on the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) website:

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