This is the first look at The Spit’s latest big attraction — a $4 million pontoon and jetty planned for the Marine Stadium at the northern end.
The Bulletin has obtained new artist impressions of the project after seeking an update as the State Government embarks on community consultation.
The Gold Coast Waterways Authority is to stage several community information sessions about it from May 17 with details to come on its website.
Construction will start in August with the GCWA confident the pontoon and 100m long jetty will be done by February next year. For safety reasons, an exclusion zone will be introduced during construction.
Deputy Premier and State Development Minister Dr Steven Miles said the pontoon and jetty would improve transport to the top of The Spit for those traveling by water.
‘The Spit is surrounded by water on three sides, so it makes sense for it to be easier for people to access it by boat,” Dr Miles said.
‘Once complete, passenger ferries and recreational and commercial vessels will be able to pull up at the facility and drop people off to enjoy a day out at The Spit. This is part of our
Government’s ongoing commitment to the Spit and our investment in infrastructure that supports tourism on the Gold Coast.”
Gaven MP Meaghan Scanlon said the project would generate jobs for locals and opportunities for Coast businesses and community groups.
“The project is part of Queenslands economic recovery plan and is expected to create 13 jobs locally,” Ms Scanlon said.
“Being able to arrive by boat will create a new user experience for locals and visitors. Importantly, emergency services will also be able to use the facilities.”
GCWA acting CEO Jessica Bourner said the project was being delivered by the Authority under The Spit Master Plan.
The Government released the master plan in May 2019 after an 18-month consultation process with residents and stakeholder groups.
Labor prior to the State election in October last year promised $23 million worth of projects as part of a four-year works program to support the city’s economic recovery.