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« Reply #80 on: April 22, 2016, 07:55:22 AM »
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« Reply #81 on: May 02, 2016, 03:33:28 AM »
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« Reply #82 on: May 03, 2016, 02:59:41 AM »
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IF Malcolm Turnbull wants to deliver a 30-minute commute from home to work on the Gold Coast, he must fix several Pacific Motorway interchanges and extend light rail to the airport.

His Government must also support planning and securing of land for the alternate northern route to the M1 — the Intra-Regional Transport Corridor — and work with the State Government on funding the expensive the cross river rail crossing in Brisbane.

The IRTC will ensure residents in the northern boom suburbs can access the Glitter Strip and the river tunnel will prevent their rail trip to Roma Street stretching from 45 to an 86 minute marathon peak hour trip.

But Mr Turnbull’s Smart Cities plan, where a trip to work takes less than half an hour, on the Gold Coast can be delivered but with a $3.3 billion price tag.

This is the costing of the ultimate solution which the city’s northern State MPs, city councillors and public transport lobbyists agree will stop traffic gridlock predicted by the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The first test of the Turnbull Government’s commitment is today’s Federal Budget where stakeholders want projects similar to $75 million worth of work underway to fix shocking congestion on Coomera Exit 54.

Coomera MP Michael Crandon said the upgrades of Motorway Exit roads 41, 45, and 49 had a higher priority than building a new $50 million railway station flagged for Pimpama.

Northern-based city Councillor William Owen-Jones knows the Gold Coast cannot be a so-called 30-minute city without the key transport corridors being upgraded. Photo: Jerad Williams

“The same issues we’ve had with Exit 54 we are now experiencing with Exits 41, 45 and 49. They are all in need of a desperate upgrade. I think people would agree with me that it’s more important to get on and off Exit 49 than have a railway station,” he said.

Albert MP Mark Boothman said the failure to upgrade the interchanges would lead to increasing safety concerns with traffic northbound on Exit 41 backed up on the MI in the morning as vehicles headed towards the Yatala industrial estate.

“The heavy trucks are using it. It’s clogged there every morning. There could be a potential solution by building an offramp between exits 45 and 41. It could help local traffic get off the motorway,” Mr Boothman said.

Deputy Mayor Donna Gates, who is the councillor representing Division One in the city’s fastest growth area, said the IRTC was a priority in relieving congestion on the M1.

“We have all been to a number of shared meetings. We agree that the plan for a second north-south connection road is crucial,” Cr Gates said.

“In the last month the (State) Government has gazetted the IRTC from Nerang-Broadbeach Road to Foxwell Road. There’s no doubt in my mind we need a second north-south connection.”

Cr Gates said the back-up of traffic on the M1 near Exit 49 had to be resolved before it created a safety problem.

Division Two councillor William Owen-Jones sees the upgrade of the Oxenford “diamond” interchange as a priority given police regard it as an accident black spot.

“If the Federal Government wants to truly create a 30-minute city, it will need to work with the State Government to improve transport corridors including the exits on and off the M1,” Cr Owen-Jones said.

Other key funding priorities would need to include planning for the IRTC and the staged building of light rail stage three to the airport, he said.

“Otherwise it’s just continuing congestion and productivity loss,” Cr Owen-Jones said.

The Oxenford “diamond” could cost $100 million, the other interchanges at least $75 million each and the IRTC has been costed at $500 million.

The southern projects include $1.6 billion for light rail to Currumbin and at least $910 million for six landing of the M1 to Tugun.

Rail Back on Track leader Robert Dow supports the 30-minute city plan and believes the IRTC along with light rail stage three and the Cross River tunnel will be the key mass transit solutions.

“We think in 30 years the Gold Coast will have a magnificent light rail system. I can see stage three will be locked in,” Mr Dow said.

He said it was disappointing that the State Government had yet to complete a business case on cross river rail.

“You would like to think they would have done it in their first year of government,” Mr Dow said.

“We’re disappointed we’re languishing for funding for cross river rail. It’s difficult to see the Federal Government tipping in money at this point.”

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1. Alternate M1 route to Brisbane $500m

2. Upgrade M1 exit 41 $75m

3. Upgrade M1 exit 45 $75m

4. Upgrade M1 exit 49 $75m

5. Oxenford “diamond” interchange $100m

6. Light rail to Currumbin $1.6 billion

7.Six-lane M1 to Tugun $910m
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« Reply #83 on: May 03, 2016, 03:05:22 AM »
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Rail Back on Track leader Robert Dow supports the 30-minute city plan and believes the IRTC along with light rail stage three and the Cross River tunnel will be the key mass transit solutions.

“We think in 30 years the Gold Coast will have a magnificent light rail system. I can see stage three will be locked in,” Mr Dow said.

He said it was disappointing that the State Government had yet to complete a business case on cross river rail.

“You would like to think they would have done it in their first year of government,” Mr Dow said.


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« Reply #84 on: May 16, 2016, 03:32:41 AM »
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« Reply #85 on: May 16, 2016, 02:35:56 PM »
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Premier and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism and Major Events
The Honourable Kate Jones

Proposed Jupiters Master Plan offers boon for Queensland tourism, jobs

A proposed multi-billion dollar Master Plan for The Star Entertainment Group’s Jupiters property on the Gold Coast would further boost Queensland tourism and create thousands of new jobs, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

The Premier said the Master Plan, which is being released for public consultation, includes up to five hotel and/or apartment buildings, a recreational deck, gardens, pools and spa, new entertainment facilities and improved connections to Broadbeach and Pacific Fair.

“People are visiting Queensland in record numbers.  To cater for increasing visitors, there is an estimated $11 billion in planned investment in accommodation and facilities, including more than 3000 extra hotel rooms,” the Premier said.

“I have just returned from Hong Kong and China.  Queensland and the Gold Coast are must-visit destinations for them.  Almost 400,000 Chinese tourists visited Queensland in 2015, which is 20% more visitors compared to 2014.”

“The attraction of Gold Coast’s beaches, the hinterland and broader south-east Queensland are important drawcards.”

“My Government is working to attract more international flights – and we have attracted flights into the Gold Coast from Hong Kong.”

“With the Commonwealth Games now less than two years away and stage two of Gold Coast Light Rail underway, projects like this will drive additional economic activity and jobs on the Gold Coast.”

“Since the January 2015 election, 16,800 additional jobs have been created on the Gold Coast.”

Ms Palaszczuk said the Master Plan proposal builds on Jupiters’ existing $345 million refurbishment and construction of a new six star all-suite hotel completed in time for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games,” the Premier said.

The Star Entertainment Group will run a community information program this month about its current application to include apartments at Jupiters, within a proposed new 700-room hotel and residential tower, which would take the investment in the redevelopment at Jupiters to up to $850 million.

“The launch of information about a proposed new tower, which could take Jupiters’ total construction workforce to 1000, and operational roles once complete to around 2300 employees,” the Premier said

“Stage one of the proposed redevelopment is undergoing formal approval process. The Star Entertainment Group is working closely with my Government.”

Tourism Minister Kate Jones said Jupiters’ master plan would help drive tourism growth on the Gold Coast.

“We know tourism has the potential to support thousands more jobs in Queensland and this Star Entertainment master plan proposes to improve accommodation and leisure offerings on the Gold Coast,” she said,

“More major drawcards on the Gold Coast for Australian and international tourists will keep them coming back again and again.”

The Star Entertainment Group, with its Hong Kong-based partners Far East Consortium and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises, will also deliver Queensland’s first integrated resort development at Queen’s Wharf Brisbane, a $3 billion project that will be operational by 2022.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said:

"I applaud the State Government for its support and know this masterplan development will deliver thousands of jobs not only through construction but in its operating phase.

"Since 2012, we have promoted our open-for-business agenda and encouraged investments such as what has been revealed today.

"This is a significant investment at Jupiters that will help strengthen the international reputation of the Gold Coast as a great place to invest, visit, work and live.”
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« Reply #86 on: May 25, 2016, 10:52:41 AM »
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A native of the sunshine state capital, I decided to do the unthinkable: take public transport to the beach.

You can’t catch a train to the beach from the centre of Brisbane, one of the great transport planning failures of Australia’s third largest urban conurbation.

It’s a wasted opportunity so obvious in 2016 – when a longstanding rail proposal has become a key political issue for the city in this federal election – but it beggars belief that people could do so in the 19th century.

I set out from the heart of the city at the Queen Street mall from where, if I had a car and a lucky day with traffic, I could be pulling up at Main beach, Surfers Paradise, 77km away, in less than an hour. But without a car?

“That’s a hard one,” says a TV journalist on a day off. “I always drive.”

A local working in a tourist gift store, who’s never made the trek to the Gold Coast except by car, tells me: “I think you need to get a train then a bus. The train is a fair way inland.”

Going to the sunshine coast, that other site of world-class beaches to Brisbane’s north, is “even harder”, he warns.

A bartender from Britain, six weeks into her Brisbane stay, says she hasn’t travelled to the beach yet: “Everyone tells me I need a car.”

From the mall, I walk 11 minutes to central station. Queensland Rail staff tell me I should catch a train to Nerang and get the 740 bus to Surfers Paradise. The buses are regular, “every half hour”, I’m told.

So are the express trains to the Gold Coast, which leaves me with a 17-minute wait. I buy a coffee that I’m going to have to finish quick – lest I risk a $235 fine for drinking it on the train – and ask the barista how she gets to the beach.

She doesn’t have a car so she does the train/bus thing: “It’s worth it. Sitting that long on the train is the only sh%t thing.”

It wasn’t always this way. From 1889 there were trains from Brisbane to Southport, which brought day trippers on a single ride from the capital to within walking distance of Gold Coast rollers. From 1903 there was another line to Tweed Heads just over the border in New South Wales.

But by 1964, under the Frank Nicklin government when Joh Bjelke-Petersen was works minister, both lines had been torn up in favour of the mighty motor car.

“It was the great tragedy of transport in Queensland,” says Robert Dow of transport lobby group Rail Back on Track. Dow, a retired medical scientist, likes to point out the health benefits of getting around by trains and buses, which invariably involve “an active transport component” – aka walking.

But those heavy rail corridors through prime Gold Coast real estate are gone forever, an act that no government can realistically afford to undo – although there have been various proposals overs the years.

In October the Turnbull government announced it was on board with $95m for the second stage of the Gold Coast light rail, which will link the beach strip for the first time to the heavy rail line from Brisbane. The Abbott government had refused months earlier.

The second stage will allow passengers to swap a train for a tram at Helensvale, about 15km west of Main beach, and get to the beach from there.

Design is under way and construction is due for completion before the Gold Coast hosts the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

But the chances of a single train ride again from Brisbane to the beach have been dashed for all time.

At 11.30am, I jump on the Gold Coast “express” to Nerang.

The journey takes me through seven south-east Queensland seats: Brisbane (LNP), Griffith (ALP), Moreton (ALP), Rankin (ALP), Forde (LNP), Fadden (LNP) and Moncrieff (LNP).

The “express” won’t get past 80km/h until we’re past Beenleigh, in Forde. Meanwhile, I can scoot down the highway in my car at 110km/h most of the way. What gives?

Aside from the conditions of the actual tracks, the speed and frequency of trains running on the south-east network is a factor of a single river crossing in the centre of Brisbane, a chokepoint whose effects fan out beyond the city’s boundaries.

The cross river rail, a longstanding proposal for a second CBD river crossing brought anew by the state Labor government, was ranked in February by Infrastructure Australia as Queensland’s highest-priority initiative, and eighth in the national pecking order of infrastructure plans.

This month it was overtaken on the list by two road projects, including a highway upgrade on the southern Gold Coast. They had their business case completed –something the Palaszczuk government hasn’t yet got around to with the cross river rail but aims to do so next month.

The $5.2bn rail tunnel under the river, which would link Bowen Hills to Dutton Park – and giving us all a quicker ride to the beach – needs commonwealth dollars for it to to materialise.

A Griffith University political analyst, Paul Williams, says cross river rail is “back front and centre on Queenslanders’ electoral radar”.

“If you’ll excuse the pun, Brisbane is at a crossroads in terms of infrastructure,” he says.

“Unusually, inner-city issues – alternative transport to cars on roads, rail and light rail – will have some sort of profile in this election. How much Canberra is willing to pay for [cross river rail] will be front and centre.”

The federal opposition leader, Bill Shorten, has backed funding the proposal.

Others, such as the LNP hopeful for the seat of Brisbane, Trevor Evans, say it is “great idea” that needs fleshing out.

“At the moment there’s no business case,” Evans says. “We don’t actually know where the tunnel’s going to go, so it’s at a pretty preliminary stage.

“Once we’ve got more detail, I think you’ll find everyone in politics thinks it’s a great idea, but as always these things come down to cost-benefit and where it sits in terms of the immediate priorities.

“So as more information comes out I’ll assess that. I’m sure I’ll be happy to support it.

“But anybody who’s hoping it is ... an immediate solution is probably misleading people into thinking that it’s something that might come into play in the next term or two because it’s probably a long-term project.”

Not that the federal government needed a completed business case to commit funding for the Gold Coast light rail, which in February was ranked well below cross river rail at 38th on the Infrastructure Australia priority list.

But there are firm expectations that Malcolm Turnbull will actually come through with a funding announcement on cross river rail before the election on 2 July.

Dow says his transport lobby group is so confident this will happen “we’ve basically stopped worrying about cross river rail in a general sense”.

None of which makes my trip to the beach any faster.

An hour goes by and I’m still on the train, but we’re past Beenleigh and finally getting a head of steam up – 140km/h! And then we come to a dead halt in the middle of some bushland south of Ormeau. This may or may not be because the track from Coomera to Helensvale is still being duplicated. The rail line to the Gold Coast was reopened in 1996 as a single track to Helensvale (extended to its southern terminus at Varsity Lakes in 2009), which meant duplicating it now comes at extra cost.

I arrive at Nerang station at 12.47pm. The station master tells me the quickest way to the beach is a $30 taxi ride. Luckily there’s a bus to Surfers at 12.50. No food or drinks allowed on the bus, though, and having left Queen Street mall at 11am, I’m starting to get hungry. After getting stuck in roadworks at Benowa, the bus weaves its way through Chevron Island and I can see the towers of Surfers. After a 25-minute bus trip, I’m deposited outside a mini-golf park whose main attractions include a “Vomatron” ride.

The entire trip has cost me about $10.

Dow later tells me that the optimal way to get to the beach is to get a train to Helensvale, a bus to Gold Coast university hospital, then the light rail to a station right next to the mini-golf park. I take this way back and – despite the undeniably smooth ride on the “G” (the light rail) – the whole journey takes me two hours and 19 minutes.

But on arrival by bus at Surfers, I walk seven minutes to Main beach and my feet hit the sand at 1.21pm.

I write “2 hours, 21 minutes” in the sand – the duration of my beach outing from the centre of the sunshine state capital – and ask a local passerby, Jody Tessarolo, to take a photo.

She asks what the numbers mean.

“That’s pretty good going,” she says.

I could have flown to Sydney quicker.
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« Reply #87 on: May 25, 2016, 11:57:12 AM »


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« Reply #88 on: May 25, 2016, 08:45:09 PM »
The big issue with the Gold Coast line isn't actually with the Gold Coast line at all - it's with the Beenleigh line. What public transport does right now is akin to exiting at Beenleigh and taking state route 94/95 up to Underwood, then Beenleigh Rd and Beaudesert Rd up to the CBD. If you drive that route in perfect (no) traffic conditions, it takes 1hr 35mins. Excluding waiting time at Roma St, train + bus only takes 1hr 39mins - almost as fast!

Where the time is lost is on the Brisbane - Beenleigh leg, and this is where we need serious improvements. Either large-scale realignment, or a whole new line which goes straight down the M1 (we've done this concept to death in foaming threads).
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« Reply #89 on: May 25, 2016, 09:15:54 PM »

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Where the time is lost is on the Brisbane - Beenleigh leg, and this is where we need serious improvements. Either large-scale realignment, or a whole new line which goes straight down the M1 (we've done this concept to death in foaming threads).

http://tiny.cc/SEQHSR

- QR trains run from Brisbane to Kuraby, terminate. Line frequency increased to train every 15 minutes or better (metro style operation)

- New M1 alignment for GC trains, hi-speed rollingstock (160km/hr or better).

- Section between Kuraby and Beeleigh connected to Regional Rapid Rail alignment.
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« Reply #91 on: June 09, 2016, 04:39:56 AM »
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« Reply #92 on: July 12, 2016, 08:04:33 AM »
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« Reply #93 on: July 12, 2016, 08:40:35 AM »
Small, trackless electric trains?  Like an articulated electric rubber tyre metro-type vehicle?

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« Reply #94 on: July 12, 2016, 11:57:34 AM »
Gimmicks, not to be taken seriously.

Possible ways to mitigate the issues here:

- Increase frequency of the 704 to every 10 minutes
- Extend the 704 or the 705 further north towards Doug Jennings Park
- Introduce additional short trips between Southport and Seaworld only which bypass Tedder Ave

Plenty of bigger priorities for the network though.
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« Reply #95 on: July 12, 2016, 08:01:07 PM »
Small, trackless electric trains?  Like an articulated electric rubber tyre metro-type vehicle?

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« Reply #99 on: August 20, 2016, 06:01:20 PM »

" ... you can live here without a car ... "  :o
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« Reply #100 on: August 20, 2016, 07:37:54 PM »
^ They are having a decent crack at it.  Cedar Woods or Caloundra South this ain't.
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« Reply #102 on: September 01, 2016, 07:17:21 AM »
So a city with roughly the population of the Sunshine Coast just being plonked between Brisbane and the Gold Coast without any thought given to public transport, roads, jobs etc.  :fp:

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« Reply #103 on: September 01, 2016, 07:19:59 AM »
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Full of reactive clay and acid sulfate soil. Going to be expensive footings for those houses. Two of many reasons why the proposed airport in the late 90's never happened.

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« Reply #104 on: September 01, 2016, 09:20:07 AM »
I don't think this will go anywhere honestly.
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« Reply #105 on: September 01, 2016, 09:43:10 PM »
The acid sulfate soil by itself can't be that much of an issue surely — I had a look on the interactive planning map and almost the entire eastern half of the GC council area is covered by the acid sulfate overlay!

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« Reply #106 on: September 01, 2016, 10:29:40 PM »
So a city with roughly the population of the Sunshine Coast just being plonked between Brisbane and the Gold Coast without any thought given to public transport, roads, jobs etc.  :fp:
There is going to be a new theme Park to provide employment. Some hint that it will be the Disney Brand!?

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« Reply #110 on: September 08, 2016, 11:57:00 AM »
Journalists (if I can call them that) down here have a particular blind spot when it comes to public transport - tends to be ignored, or dismissed out of hand on the basis it does not suit absolutely everybody.

Light rail patronage growth is in excess of 10% per year.  The real issue (one that can't be solved by simply parking all growth, which is not even possible), is that most of the congestion comes from people visiting the coastline from elsewhere.  Residential impact would be minor to non-existent, and Surfers always has had higher than average public transport patronage per head of population.

Bus patronage of course is at a stand-still with no fix in sight.
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« Reply #111 on: September 08, 2016, 12:09:50 PM »
I think people just don't like the busses that run down there. If you went out and surveyed why people don't catch buses. Many would say Frequency, roundabout  route, waiting time, Safety, comfort factor and cleanliness of the vehicle. Real time stop info not being displayed in buses. So a lot of work to be done I reckon.

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« Reply #112 on: September 08, 2016, 01:37:38 PM »
^ None of which is different to anywhere else.

The particular problem with the Gold Coast is it doesn't have a commuter class the way larger (and even smaller) capital cities have, because of the way it emerged as a coalescence of various little villages and commercial centres instead of being a big blob spreading outwards.

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On the topic of acid sulfate soils anything below 5 metres Australian Height Datum (AHD) is capable of being acid sulfate soils. Anything between 5 metres to 20 metres AHD is also mapped as acid sulfate soils but it's buffer area. Acid sulfate soils trigger when excavating substantial volumes below 5 metres AHD.

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Gold Coast Bulletin --> Southport entertainment wharf in Broadwater Parklands could help stop Australia Day gridlock

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A $20 million entertainment wharf that includes a ferry service from Southport is being touted as a long-term traffic solution for The Spit.

The proposal has surfaced as traffic chaos again occurred on major Main Beach roads during Australia Day celebrations.

Traffic to The Spit ground to a halt as early as 10am yesterday after police and the Gold Coast Waterways Authority closed off a section of road near The Finger at “Bums Bay”.

As police set up a random breath test unit on Seaworld Drive, traffic began banking back to the Sundale Bridge provoking complaints from residents wanting to use new upgraded facilities at Doug Jennings Park opposite the Seaway.

Southport city councillor Dawn Crichlow, aware of the traffic gridlock, asked council officers prepare the Broadwater Parklands southern precinct proposal which includes a private ferry service.

She said she had provided the brief to leading architects, major developers and leading restaurant owners.

The ferry service which would link the Southport CBD to The Spit depends on the State Government changing speed limits for water craft, she said.

“I’m supporting it 100 per cent,” Cr Crichlow said. “Council is trying to get that proposal going. It will alleviate car problems for people in Southport, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach.”

The council development proposal for the waterfront dining and recreation precinct said it would provide a “cosmopolitan experience” currently missing from Southport.

The section of Parklands for the planned wharf is on an unused section of grassland opposite the Queen Street and Gold Coast Highway intersection just south of the Sundale Bridge.

A dining precinct could replicate Brisbane’s Eagle Street riverfront eateries and Southbank.

The project proposal suggests council would offer a peppercorn lease of 20 years with a further 10-year option for a development that could cost between $5 million and $20 million.

The Parklands attract 500,000 visitors each year and 50,000 vehicles each day, according to the council document.

Cr Crichlow said the project’s success depended on the Gold Coast Waterways Authority being successful in changing speed limits in the nearby section of the Broadwater from six knots to 12 knots.

“We can’t get a commercial ferry service to run at six knots. We need government support,” Cr Crichlow said.

GCWA general manager Hal Morris said the first step for potential a ferry operator would be to obtain backing from TransLink.

“We are looking at speeds in a broader sense,” Mr Morris said. “Yes it’s in play, looking at speed limits, but not just for ferries.

“It (the review) will come back to the board of the Gold Coast Waterways Authority in February. There will be a brief on where we are up to with it.”

A government source said a private operator would need the support of both TransLink and the city council for a commercial ferry service to be viable.

“Brisbane has a ferry service but there is a much denser population. There are thousands of people living near the ferry terminals in the river,” the source said.
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