Ron Nightingale, a member of the group Jobs for Our Youth Gold Coast, welcomes the ASF development on The Spit.
Ron Nightingale, a member of the group Jobs for Our Youth Gold Coast, welcomes the ASF development on The Spit. Yvonne Gardiner

Hot debate over Southport Spit improvements

A GROUP of residents who live around the Broadwater on the Gold Coast has put forward a list of suggestions on how to improve the Southport Spit.

Jobs for Our Youth Gold Coast is particularly in favour of the ASF development at the southern end of The Spit.

The $3 billion proposal includes five high-rise towers reaching up to 45 storeys, hotels, conference facilities, a waterfront plaza and retail precinct.

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Group member Ron Nightingale says he's in total agreement with the project.

"We support some development - the ASF development is good to us," he said.

"We realise that our children need to have jobs to make the money to support families.

"The land the ASF development is being built on has never been accessible to the public and has been fenced for many years because it is state land, not public land.

"The plans show that we are getting a road widening and road improvements we have been crying for many years to have.

"Recreational areas for the public have to be set aside in the ASF proposal which allow families and those who are retired to enjoy the entire facility, including those in mobility scooters."

As it stands, the ASF development conflicts with the Gold Coast City Council town plan which imposes a three-storey limit on The Spit.

Ron says his group doesn't care how high the towers are.

"There is no one who is impacted and it does not interfere with anyone's current investments," Ron said.

"Town plans have been changed in every town and city in Australia where it became necessary to do something that will assist a town or city to grow and prosper."

Jobs for Our Youth Gold Coast president Peter Thomson says locals are also interested in having illegal campers removed from The Spit park so that everyone can enjoy the park without being harassed.

"We are more interested in ... a footbridge which would allow all people to enjoy Wavebreak Island, including those restricted to mobility scooters.

"We have no objection to the ASF complex at the southern end of the spit in an area which already contains commercial complexes.

"We actually want it for the benefit it will give to the young families in the area, the jobs it will create for young and older people and it will provide us a new bridge to fix the highway problems."

HAVE A SAY

The Queensland Government is holding a consultation period until March on the revitalisation of the 140 hectares of coastal parkland The Spit.

The aim is to seek input on how to best rejuvenate this area and to protect the popular landmark as public amenity space in perpetuity.

To register an interest in the community consultation, forward your details to thespitconsultation@donaldsonconsulting.net.au.


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