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Statement: Broadwater Marine Project enters next phase
« on: March 05, 2013, 11:33:43 AM »
Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Jeff Seeney

Broadwater Marine Project enters next phase

The proposed multi-billion dollar Gold Coast Broadwater Marine Project has entered the next stage with four consortia short-listed to provide their detailed proposals.

The Deputy Premier and the Minister for State Development, Planning and Infrastructure Jeff Seeney said the four shortlisted proponents were:

·         ASF China Property Consortium

·         Azure Consortium

·         ACPI Consortium

·         Ridong (Gold Coast) Development (RDG).

Mr Seeney said the Queensland Government’s request for Expressions of Interest (EOI), which attracted eight submissions, sought proposals to deliver a cruise ship terminal as part of an integrated tourism development on State Government-owned land on The Spit or on Wavebreak Island.

He said the integrated development could include hotel, casino, marina and super yacht facilities, retail, entertainment, hospitality, community open space and recreation facilities and a mix of residential development.

“All short-listed proponents have included a cruise ship terminal and three of the four included an integrated resort which included a new Gold Coast casino,” Mr Seeney said.

“Short-listed proposals from the national and international consortia varied on the scale and location of development.

“Some proposals included development within the Southport Broadwater, including Wavebreak Island, while other proposals limited development to parts of The Spit.”

Mr Seeney said the Newman Government and the Gold Coast City Council would work to confirm the timing and requirements for the Request for Detailed Proposal stage and engage short-listed proponents to develop detailed proposals accordingly.

“It is still early, with much hard work and negotiation to go, but it is heartening that the market place is showing this level of interest” Mr Seeney said.

“It is important to note the government’s willingness to participate in this exercise is conditional on the proposed developments being subject to rigorous assessment and evaluation in every respect and proceeding without financial or material risk to the State.

“The project represents great possibilities for the Gold Coast and has significant potential to drive growth in Queensland’s construction and tourism sectors, two of the sectors in Queensland’s Four Pillar economic agenda.

“At this point we would expect the Request for Detailed Proposal stage to be completed around mid-year.”   

Details of the four consortia:

·         ASF China Property Consortium (ASF Group, China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), Guangzhou Dredging co Ltd (GDC) and China State Construction Engineering Corporation Limited (CSCEC)

·         Azure Consortium (SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited and Brookfield Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd.)

·         ACPI Consortium

·         Ridong (Gold Coast) Development (RDG).

[ENDS] 5 March 2013
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Re: Statement: Broadwater Marine Project enters next phase
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2013, 04:18:13 PM »
http://www.alex4gaven.com.au/3459/overseas-investors-lobbyists-big-winners-in-cruise-shipcasino-development/

Alex Douglas MP

Overseas investors, lobbyists big winners in cruise ship/casino development

A casino and cruise ship terminal on the Gold Coast Broadwater will only benefit overseas investors and lobbyists, Member for Gaven Dr Alex Douglas MP said today.

The State Government announced today that four consortiums had been shortlisted for the Broadwater development.

“It will not provide economic, social or environmental stimulus to the Gold Coast,” Dr Douglas said.

 “Jupiter’s Casino/Convention Centre will suffer horribly, Gold Coast ratepayers will shoulder huge recurring dredging costs, and fisherman, surfers or average Gold Coast residents who use it as their Central Park will not benefit.

“Minister Jeff Seeney champions that this is a great outcome for the Gold Coast and the state, despite compelling evidence that not only it can’t be done, but shouldn’t be tried.

“How many highly technical studies are needed to provide proof the impossible is exactly that, impossible?

“It’s being sold on a mishmash of a new casino/hotel and cruise ship terminal.

“The policy is absolutely against existing LNP policy, yet the Campbell Newman government presses on.

“Premier Campbell Newman says ‘no asset sales yet, I have not read the Costello Report but I will.’

“Seeney says ‘government land for sale, $1 only for prime  Gold Coast Broadwater land and here are four potential tenderers’.

“There is nothing other than hypocrisy in ministerial statements by senior government ministers in Parliament today.

“Any honest person would call it for what it is, an asset sale.”
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Re: Statement: Broadwater Marine Project enters next phase
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2014, 07:18:29 AM »
Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Jeff Seeney

Gold Coast Council to decide future of cruise ship terminal

The Queensland Government has concluded an assessment of proposals for a cruise ship terminal on the Southport Broadwater undertaken for the Gold Coast City Council.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, Jeff Seeney said the preliminary assessment found it is possible for one of two proposed projects to proceed and it would now be up to Council and the possible proponent to further progress this proposal.

“The State Government understands the potential economic benefits a cruise ship terminal could deliver to the Gold Coast and we will continue to make state land available, should the issues identified by this assessment be adequately addressed by Council and the possible proponent,” Mr Seeney said.

“In November 2012 the Queensland Government agreed to undertake a joint competitive procurement process at Council’s request, offering potential rights to develop the Broadwater Marine Project on state land including Wavebreak Island and land on the Western Foreshore of The Spit.

“That process is now complete and has concluded that one proponent’s plan has demonstrated a cruise ship terminal is a possibility that could be further developed, should the Council and the proponent choose to progress it.

“Possible proponents, the ASF Consortium and Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate are now free to work together to address a number of outstanding issues highlighted during the assessment process, including the need for extensive community consultation, environmental studies and infrastructure planning. (see attachment 1 for list of issues)

"In summary, while the State Assessment team has identified the possibility that the ASF Consortium could deliver a cruise ship terminal, their proposal has not yet ticked all the boxes for the taxpayers of Queensland.

“That said, and despite the State Government involvement in this assessment being finalised, we are prepared to give the proponent and Council further opportunity to overcome the significant challenges identified.”

Mr Seeney said he had written to Councillor Tate detailing these issues and clarifying the State Government’s position on the potential allocation of a gaming licence to a potential cruise ship terminal operator. (see attachment 1)

“The ASF consortium is free to participate in the Queensland Government’s current Expressions of Interest process to develop two Integrated Resort Developments with associated gaming licences in regional Queensland,” he said.

“However the proponent must understand that, in this instance, a gaming licence is conditional on the prior establishment and ongoing operation of a successful cruise ship terminal – no cruise ship terminal, no casino licence.”

Mr Seeney said the State Government had also ruled out the issuing of a temporary casino licence associated with the potential construction of a cruise ship terminal on the Southport Broadwater.

“My Department and I are available to continue discussions on how outstanding issues might be addressed by either the Council or the possible proponent prior to the consideration of State land being made available.”

[ENDS] 13 February 2014
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Re: Statement: Broadwater Marine Project enters next phase
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2016, 08:36:43 AM »
Gold Coast Bulletin --> ASF Consortium’s Integrated Resort Development unveiled

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QUEENSLAND tourism will be turbocharged with a new casino precinct set to draw 1.5 million extra visitors to the state each year and create 10,000 new jobs.

The final concept plans for ASF Consortium’s $3 billion Integrated Resort Development on the Gold Coast has ­finally been unveiled for community feedback.

The bold 5ha development on The Spit will include a ­casino – expected to be operated by James Packer’s Crown Resorts – hotel, apartment and entertainment areas.

Plans show five skyscrapers, five and six-star hotels, ­serviced residences and conference facilities on the waterfront site between Sea World and the Gold Coast Fisherman’s Co-Operative.

Signature restaurants, entertainment and shows and luxury and boutique retail will also feature in what would be the largest tourism project on the Gold Coast in decades.

A waterfront precinct is planned as a new boating destination but will not include a cruise ship terminal. Roads will be widened and a striking bridge built where the former Jubilee Bridge stood to alleviate traffic issues, at the developer’s expense.

ASF director Louis Chien said the project would prove a massive drawcard for the ­region, creating more than 10,000 new jobs during construction and operations, revitalising nearby businesses and growing the Southport CBD.

“With construction likely to occur after the Commonwealth Games, this will deliver ongoing buoyancy to the region, ensuring local jobs are ­retained,” Mr Chien told The Sunday Mail.

“This project will also ­attract a projected 1.5 million additional tourists each year to the Gold Coast.
ASF Consortium’s $3 billion Integrated Resort Development.

“This means growing the existing tourism market, with an emphasis on new visitors to the region.

“More tourists translates to more business for existing tour operators, more visits to … ­attractions and more flights needed to the Gold Coast.”

Detailed site and floor plans will be made public by the ­Department of State Development, which will embark on a three-month community consultation from January.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she looked forward to drawing up a master plan for The Spit now that ASF’s final concept plan had been made public.

“There’s lots of development that’s been happening on the Gold Coast but this would probably be one of the most significant job-generating projects that the Gold Coast has seen for a decade,” she said.

But Mr Chien called for more certainty around how an overall plan will be drawn up.

“We’re keen for the state to provide overall planning clarity for the area and understand how the Gold Coast Integrated Resort fits,” he said.

The project could result in Sea World doubling in size to become the country’s biggest theme park. Sea World owners Village Roadshow said it supported the “visionary ASF development”.

Crown Resorts said the business was in ongoing negotiations with ASF and was awaiting further details from the State Government.

CIVIC LEADERS WELCOME PLAN

GOLD Coast leaders have welcomed ASF Consortium’s plan for a new casino precinct. with the Mayor describing it as “fantastic news for our city”.

Tom Tate said the development would renew the Gold Coast’s appeal to locals, the drive market and international visitors.

“A world-class lifestyle and tourism city like ours needs to constantly refresh its attractions, experiences and offerings,” he said.

“I am also delighted with the architectural merit behind the ASF plan as we put our city on the world stage.”

He said he looked forward to hearing feedback from the community consultation phase about the kick-off.

Opposition frontbencher John-Paul Langbroek, who holds the seat of Surfers Paradise, was “broadly supportive” of more development on the Coast but had some concerns about The Spit. “Traffic issues and the three-storey height limit on the Spit need to be addressed and that’s why I’ve been calling for a master plan to guide development,” he said.

ASF says it has addressed traffic concerns in its concept plan, and traffic flow will be improved under its plans to widen roads and build an extra bridge despite the expected influx of visitors to the area.

Questioned about a need to change height restrictions, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk yesterday said the plans needed to be studied and community consulted.
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Re: Statement: Broadwater Marine Project enters next phase
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2016, 12:58:20 PM »
Yet another reason for the state to be seriously looking at "fast-tracking" a new Brisbane/Beenleigh rail corridor, the antique corridor now doing the job is simply not up to the task and everyone, is best served by returning it to true "suburban traffic"alone, frankly it will find that task alone more than enough. Inter-city services need a new dedicated corridor Brisbane/Beenleigh ASAP or the entire SE Qld tourism and wider economy will seriously suffer.

We have the rolling-stock, we have the Beenleigh/GC corridor...come on George St....get on-board NOW!  :ttp:

ps. sorry, I think it's William St now...isn't it!   :bna:

If urban rail was a sports stadium - there'd be a station on every corner!  Keep it LOUD for Pro-Rail!  :pr

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Re: Statement: Broadwater Marine Project enters next phase
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2016, 12:07:04 PM »
Gold Coast Bulletin --> ASF resort: Trams tipped to solve Spit traffic woes

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THE ASF Consortium is considering paying for a light rail connection to its $3 billion integrated resort on The Spit to end the long-running row over traffic congestion.

While it is yet to reveal full details of how it would reduce traffic jams, ASF plans include a tram connection at least as far north as Sea World, as well as a ferry terminal.

It is understood the connection would be a spur from the existing line.

The cost of the 2km connection would likely between $100-$150 million according to figures shown to councillors in September.

A Spit spur line is included the council’s 2031 Transport Strategy and was previously suggested as traffic relief measure for the shelved Mariner project, put forward by developer Sunland.

ASF vowed this week to fund all “core infrastructure”.

“Traffic on The Spit is an issue which can be solved via engineering and it is a network solution,” ASF director Louis Chien said.

“This involves roads, rail, ferry and pedestrians and it will work for the network.

“It will be an integrated solution and the new Jubilee Bridge is not just going to be a bridge using people on and off — it is about being intelligent and driving for an answer.”

A new Jubilee Bridge, from Queen St to south of the Southport Yacht Club, is also earmarked as part of the traffic solution.

A third bridge on the northern Spit and a tunnel have been ruled out.

Groups opposed to the development, including Main Beach residents and area councillor Gary Baildon, are worried about the effect the project will have on traffic.

The consortium’s proposal, to be built on five hectares of Crown land, includes five high-rise towers and a residential tower between 20 and 45 storeys, a casino, three five- and six-star hotels, waterfront plaza and retail precinct and “medi-spa” for non-surgical health and wellbeing.

Cr Baildon, a critic of the project, admitted a light rail connection would go some way towards alleviating his concerns.

“Yes, a light rail, or some form of mass public transit system would be essential in my view because when you look at the proposed development, it would need a significant solution,” he said.

“There is only one road in or out and I do not believe you can build in the capacity for so many motor vehicles.”

The proposed bridge would be a modern reimagining of the historic Jubilee Bridge which stood in Southport in the mid-20th century and ran from Queen Street to Main Beach.

The new bridge would follow a similar route and was selected over a more northern location to offer the least disruption to the Broadwater’s boating traffic, according to ASF.

“The fact that there used to be a bridge there gave us confidence it could be done,” Mr Chien said.

“There would be minimal issues with boating traffic.”

One of the leading opponents to the project said she did not believe a tram link would solve traffic concerns or be feasible.

“A lot of people do not think it is feasible to extend the light rail up there and the roads would likely not be wide enough,” said Main Beach Association secretary, Sue Donovan.

“It is terribly narrow and would require a lot of parkland to be resumed.”

ASF have held talks with Village Roadshow bosses about what role Sea World would play in revitalising The Spit and solving the area’s traffic issues.

A Village Roadshow spokesman confirmed the discussions and backed the development, which was described as “visionary”.

“We remain confident we will be able to work with the Queensland Government and ASF to address the concerns that we have expressed in the past regarding the local traffic and parking for Sea World,” he said.

“Village Roadshow Theme Parks is supportive of all development that serves the needs of the Gold Coast community and promotes tourism growth in southeast Queensland.

“We believe the visionary ASF development will achieve both of these objectives. “

The State Government is expected to launch widespread community consultation in late January or early February.

The government-led consultation is set to be completed by midyear when ASF will submit its detailed proposal.

The fate of the latest project will likely be known by late 2017.

If approved, ASF hope to begin construction on the 5ha site next to Sea World in mid-2018, following the Commonwealth Games.
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Re: Statement: Broadwater Marine Project enters next phase
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2016, 06:29:59 PM »
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One of the leading opponents to the project said she did not believe a tram link would solve traffic concerns or be feasible.

“A lot of people do not think it is feasible to extend the light rail up there and the roads would likely not be wide enough,” said Main Beach Association secretary, Sue Donovan.

“It is terribly narrow and would require a lot of parkland to be resumed.”

Er, but it is not narrow at all. BRT should be looked at as well, as it would have much lower infrastructure costs and more suitable for a feeder role.

Tolling The Spit could also be an option.
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