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The Spit public realm guidelines released

An almost 10,000 square metre site will be opened to commercial development in the Gold Coast to generate up to 1800 jobs.

The Queensland Government has released The Spit public realm guidelines to underpin the revitalisation projects and commercial developments in the area.

The guidelines set out design characteristics that will inform the materials and finished used for new public infrastructure along The Spit.

Projects resulting from the master plan have the potential to transform the area and create up to 1800 jobs. The master plan also includes guidelines that give developers and project managers a frame work to work within.

State Development Minister Cameron Dick said the public realm guidelines will form a technical supporting document to the master plan and, in due course, the council’s planning scheme.

“Good urban design requires good guidance, and The Spit master plan together with the new public realm guidelines will establish a comprehensive framework for the long-term revitalisation of this iconic part of the Gold Coast,” he said.

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Queensland Government Architect Malcolm Middleton said The Spit is an important city-making legacy project, not just for the Gold Coast but for the whole of Australia.

“I commend the collaborative approach led by the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, supported by the City of Gold Coast, the Gold Coast Waterways Authority and the Department of Housing and Public Works,” Middleton said.

The Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA) will work with the Queensland Government to make the guidelines available online for public comment from 27 March to 17 April.

GCWA CEO Hal Morris said the authority is looking forward to sharing these guidelines with the community and hearing their feedback.

“The community made a big contribution to the master planning process and we’ll continue to consult them as implementation rolls out to ensure it reflects what people told us they want to see happen at The Spit,” Morris said.

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