At the northern end of the Gold Coast’s famous stretch of beach is an iconic peninsula of land known as The Spit. A unique opportunity to develop the last beachfront site at The Spit has just been announced by the State Government and is expected to draw international interest.
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Steven Miles, said expressions of interest opened today on a site with 152 metres of prime beach frontage.
“To maintain a strong pipeline of jobs and investment on The Spit, the 1.62-hectare site south of the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort is being released to the market via a competitive bid process,” Mr Miles said.
“Proposals to match the high-quality precinct envisioned in The Spit Master Plan will be eagerly anticipated and boost Queensland’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan.”
“The master plan reimagines this site as a resort-style complex with a public plaza flowing from Seaworld Drive to the ocean and the public car park moving south into Hollingdale Park.”
“Offered on a long-term lease, its location suits a variety of proposals including mixed-use tourism, hospitality and short-stay accommodation.”
Member for Gaven, Meaghan Scanlon, said the site was expected to attract a significant amount of interest.
“The competitive process will ensure we get the best possible development proposed for the site,” Ms Scanlon said.
“A thorough process will be followed to ensure the proposed project is appropriate for the site, creates jobs and respects the natural values of the area.”
“A campaign calling for expressions of interest will be led by CBRE Gold Coast, targeting experienced investors with the credentials to deliver a proposal that will add to The Spit’s iconic allure.”
CBRE Hotels National Director, Wayne Bunz, said as New South Wales and Victoria continue to be under pressure from COVID-19 lockdowns, investors are very keen to follow the sun and invest in Queensland.
“This site will be highly sought after as, in our opinion, it is the best beachfront resort accommodation site that has come to the market in the past two decades,” he said.
The Deputy Premier said all proposals will need to adhere to The Spit’s planning regulations.
“The regulations ensure that all new developments integrate seamlessly with the landscape and respects The Spit’s much-loved natural values,” Mr Miles said.
“The implementation of The Spit Master Plan is well underway with a raft of projects, including community infrastructure, already delivered or in progress, supporting hundreds of jobs.”
“The scope of projects across the different precincts on The Spit offer something for locals and visitors alike whether these be deep-water marina berths, picnic and recreational facilities, residential and tourist accommodation, or the Oceanway walkway.”
“Through the implementation of the master plan, we’re delivering something really special that will confirm The Spit as one of the glittering jewels in Gold Coast’s crown,” he concluded.
Expressions of Interest are now open on the QTenders website (ref: QT20211933) and will remain open until 4 pm on 20 October 2021.