The Spit is a unique city asset that all Gold Coasters, regardless of where they live, can enjoy and protect. Since the initial community consultation and the first weekend workshop, a second workshop was held in July at which the participants were divided into groups to discuss the possibilities for different areas of The Spit.
These included what type of activities could occur there to promote tourism and recreation, how the natural attributes of The Spit could be preserved and enhanced, what could enrich the character of public places, the various maritime functions that could be provided for and the ways in which movement to and from and throughout The Spit could be improved.
Regrettably, from Gecko’s perspective, the cruise terminal on Philip Park, which is public open space, was also included. The discussion related to what issues and arrangements would arise if the cruise terminal went ahead and alternatively if it did not.
From these detailed discussion the consultants have produced an Options Paper which is now out for public consultation.
The Spit Master Plan Options Paper and the survey can be accessed from this link https://haveyoursay.dsdmip.qld.gov.au/the-spit and Gecko urges all people interested in the future of The Spit to undertake the survey before it closes on 25th November.
The Spit Master Plan Options Paper is quite detailed and places the discussion into 6 Big Picture frames. These include:
Within these frames each section of The Spit has a range of options of what can happen there. The sections include:
On the weekend of 8th and 9th December the community and business representatives will meet once again to discuss these options in detail. From this will come a single Master Plan option.