Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said he looks forward to the State Government committing funds to the 10-year Spit Masterplan in its 2019-2020 State Budget, following the announcement from Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to deliver “Australia’s newest, biggest and best ocean park’’.
Said Tate, “That’s exactly what we want on the coast – Australia’s best ocean park. The talking, consultation and planning is almost over. What is now needed is an immediate funding commitment from the State to get the ball rolling. Their budget is due to be handed down in the next eight weeks. That’s the time to identify real funding. In my mind, this blueprint ticks the right boxes and I’m delighted that this Council has been on the journey with the State since the outset.’’
Almost 140 hectares of The Spit’s 201 hectares is set aside for park activities. This will rival the best parks in the world, including New York’s Central Park (340 hectares) and Hyde Park London (142 hectares). “I’m particularly impressed that the indigenous community is being heard and recognised in the plan,’’ said Mayor Tate. “Seeing a future light rail spur as part of the mix underscores what we have always known – that light rail is vital in our city’s broader transport spine. It’s important the ferry transport route becomes a reality as that adds a further dimension to our transport network, providing a great experience for locals and visitors enjoying that area.’’
Consultation is open until the end of March.