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Australia: QLD Government invites bids for marina on The Spit

Deadline: 04 March 2024

In a bid to boost marine tourism business, the Queensland Government has released a parcel of state-owned land and water in Carterís Basin on The Spit (Southport) to the market. The site is earmarked for a mixed use development with a commercial marina and associated land side facilities.

The aim of the plan is to increase the number of marina berths in the Broadwater; support marine tourism operators and the fishing fleet; and help cater for future demand. The State Government has been working with the City of Gold Coast and the Gold Coast Waterways Authority to understand the options available for a marina.

The site release will require provision of renewed and reorganised facilities associated with the fishing fleet to enable the daily catch to be sold directly to the public, as well as for the broader marine tourism industry.

The State supports short term extensions of the Fishermenís Co-Opís existing lease while development options are considered. During construction of any new facilities, it is envisaged that the Co-Op may remain in its current location as far as possible, subject to safety and public access being viable or temporary arrangements sourced.

The Carterís Basin release will provide greater certainty to the market regarding the development outcomes within the precinct. It will also provide potential complementary development opportunities noting the outcomes for the precinct envisaged in The Spit Master Plan. The timing of the release of the remainder of the precinct to the market is not yet decided.

Construction timeframes will depend on the nature of the development proposed and the relevant development approvals but the Government is looking for ground to break as soon as possible.

Expressions of interest close on 04 March 2024.

Enquiries to: TheSpitMasterPlan@dsdilgp.qld.gov.au

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