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The Spit, Gold Coast: New $4 million Jetty and Pontoon for the Northern End of The Spit

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Article originally published on Gold Coast Bulletin

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 view from the new jetty planned for The Spit on the Gold Coast.
The view from the new jetty planned for The Spit on the Gold Coast.


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.

What the new jetty and pontoon planned for The Spit on the Gold Coast will look like.
What the new jetty and pontoon planned for The Spit on the Gold Coast will look like.

 

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.”

Plans for a new jetty at The Spit on the Gold Coast.
Plans for a new jetty at The Spit 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.”

The location of The Spit jetty and pontoon on the northern end at the Marine Stadium.
The location of The Spit jetty and pontoon on the northern end at the Marine Stadium.

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.

The Spit master plan options report — the changes mooted for the Marine Stadium or so-called Bums Bay.
The Spit master plan options report — the changes mooted for the Marine Stadium or so-called Bums Bay.

 

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.

The new jetty and pontoon located on the northern end of The Spit on the Gold Coast.
The new jetty and pontoon located on the northern end of The Spit on the Gold Coast.

 

“During consultation on The Spit Master Plan, the community told us they wanted to see an improved recreational space and more transport options for accessing the Spit,” Ms Bourner said.

The GCWA would be seeking expressions of interest from construction contractors later this month with onsite works due to begin in August, she said.

Ms Bourner confirmed for safety reasons, an exclusion zone will be established only at the northern end of Marine Stadium during construction works.

‘We’ll be notifying boats moored in the area about the restrictions before works start and will provide updates through our website and social media accounts,” she said.

Northern end of The Spit. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt).
Northern end of The Spit. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt).

 

“Importantly, the foreshore areas we recently upgraded on Moondarewa Spit will remain open for the community to enjoy while work is underway.’

The facilities will create “safe, multi-purpose access via the water to the area” and includes the opportunity for a ferry connection to the top of the Spit during events.

GCWA said people would have the opportunity to fish from the jetty and “stroll along it or relax and enjoy the water views”.