Queensland Government rejects mega resort planned for The Spit
A proposed $3-billion casino resort development at the northern end of the Gold Coast was today rejected by the Queensland Government. Chinese consortium ASF had planned a five-tower development at the Spit that included a casino, entertainment venues, theatres, hotels and residential apartments.
The ASF development was intended to tie in with a proposed cruise ship terminal that's been championed by Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.
While the resport development was rejected, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that plans for the cruise ship terminal could continue. Since it was first proposed the location for the terminal has changed many times but the current thinking has it on the ocean side of The Spit.
An artist's impression of the ASF mega casino resort planned for The Spit.
In rejecting the ASF proposal Premier Palaszczuk said the area should be preserved, adding height restrictions would be maintained around the council's current 3-storey limit. One of the towers in the ASF resport was to be 45-storeys.
Ms Palaszczuk said Cabinet decided to terminate the plan and create a planning process for The Spit parklands which encompasses 190 hectares of crown land.
"This will be a central parkland of the Gold Coast for future generations of families to enjoy," she said. "This part of the Gold Coast is unique to Queenslanders but it's also unique in the world."
In response to today's announcement, the Save Our Spit organisation called it "a win for locals and a win for tourism as this jewel in our city, our coastal version of a Central Park, is not to be overrun by private residents, towers, traffic and concrete."
They also said they'd soon be meeting with senior figures in the State Government and pressuring them to not only honour today's commitments but legislate so the 3-storey limit remained for perpetuity.