Seven precincts have been earmarked as part of a multimillion-dollar plan to revitalise The Spit located on the northern end of Main Beach on the Gold Coast.
The state government has released the latest draft masterplan for the “Ocean Park” that would transform almost 140 hectares of The Spit’s 201 hectares, and would include light rail stations, super-yacht berths, and a proposal for an ocean cruise ship terminal.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said plans for The Spit’s open space areas would see it more than eight times the size of Brisbane’s South Bank parklands and 12 times the size of the public spaces in Syndey’s Barangaroo.
“And the Gold Coast Ocean Park has something none of them have – the Broadwater and the surf.”
Queenslanders provided more than 21,100 pieces of feedback to have their say on the future of The Spit.
Parts of the park are earmarked for sensitive commercial development with a three-story height restriction in place.
This zone centres on Fisherman’s Wharf and Sea World.
The Spit would be divided into seven precincts.
Proposals for Phillip park precinct envisage two alternative outcomes — the first addressing the park as open space; while the second outlines the prospect of a cruise ship terminal located in the northern section of Philip Park.
The master plan will not decide whether the potential cruise ship terminal will proceed, stating that “the decision will be subject to a separate process of approval that CoGC may pursue once the master plan has been released”.
New features include 4000sq m set aside for a restored shore rainforest, a light rail extension to Sea World, a super-yacht marina, improved cycle, and walkways through the dunes.
A special curlew habitat will be developed, as well as an underwater sculpture garden for divers to explore.
And the blueprint even includes a “selfie tower” for tourists and locals alike to capture the best shots of the Gold Coast’s skyline.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said he will be “urging council to install the necessary infrastructure in partnership with the local major water users” to supply recycled water in line with the plan to create and maintain a Central Park-style green open space.
The blueprint is being released for further discussion before a final plan is released in the coming months.
Consultation is open until the end of March.
Piling works at Gold Coast Airport prepare the site for aerobridges
As part of the south terminal expansion, Gold Coast Airport will soon have aerobridges to increase passenger satisfaction, as piling gets underway.
Preparation work for aerobridges at Gold Coast Airport is underway, with a low-impact piling system working hard to prepare the ground for new infrastructure.
Lendlease has begun piling work on the airport’s $200 million Southern Terminal Expansion project, which will double the size of the existing terminal, delivering a new departure lounge, aerobridges, border-control facilities and additional retail space.
A brand-new, 80-tonne continuous flight auger (CFA) piling rig has been mobilised to site to construct foundations ahead of the eventual construction of aerobridges to connect aircraft to the new terminal.
Gold Coast Airport Property and Infrastructure Executive General Manager, Carl Bruhn, said work on the first 224 piles for the project had begun, using innovative techniques necessitated by the sensitive nature of the site.
“It’s exciting for us to see the first piles drilled and poured on the aircraft apron where we will be constructing the new terminal’s four aerobridges,” he said. “Aerobridges have been on the ‘wish list’ of many of our passengers and this is the first tangible step towards delivering those.
“It is essential our current airport operations are not impacted by this construction activity, so we have had to work closely with our building contractor to come up with solutions to minimise the impact wherever possible – both for passengers and surrounding residents.”
The 30m-tall piling rig will excavate and place 2,500m3 of concrete into 224 piles over the duration of the project, with pile diameters ranging from 600mm to 1,050mm. It is expected about four to eight piles will be installed each day.
To minimise disruption, piling reinforcement cages will be prefabricated offsite and installed with a 60ft crawler crane. If all of the piles were laid out in a straight line, they would span a total distance of approximately 2.6km.
Lendlease Building Queensland General Manager, Brad Protheroe, said the company had decided to use the continuous flight auger (CFA) piling system, which minimises disruption to surrounding infrastructure.
“The CFA piling system allows us to drill to the final depth in one continuous process, with stability to the surrounding soil reinforced along the way,” he said.
“At the same time the auger is withdrawn from the hole, concrete is pumped into the cavity through the hollow centre of the auger pipe to the base, meaning the hole is never left open or unsupported. Reinforcement is then placed into the concrete to complete the pile.
“This type of piling technique is considered the best solution for the structural loads and soil conditions on the Gold Coast Airport project as it is virtually vibration free, minimising the impact on adjacent infrastructure.
“It also minimises the noise impacts during construction on surrounding neighbours.”
Future construction milestones will see completion of the ground floor slab in coming months, topping out of the building in mid-2020 and the opening of the terminal in mid-2021. When the southern terminal expansion is complete, work will begin on the existing terminal refurbishment.
Roof completion marks USC Moreton Bay milestone
Contractors, dignitaries and future staff of the new USC Moreton Bay campus will celebrate a key construction milestone tomorrow (Tuesday 13 August), with the roof completion taking the project past the halfway mark.
Once the expansive foundation building is complete, the campus at Petrie will offer world-class study opportunities for residents in the region, starting with 1,200 students next year and growing to an expected 10,000 by 2030.
On Tuesday 13 August at 2pm, dignitaries and key members of the construction workforce will attend the site for a “topping-off” celebration at 2pm.
USC Chief Operating Officer Dr Scott Snyder said while the completion of the roof was the most visible milestone to date, much more was happening inside the foundation building.
“We are further along than halfway, and the fitout is progressing well,” Dr Snyder said.
“The ground floor of the teaching spaces all have glazing installed, the partitions are in and the services are well advanced.
“Soon the scaffolding will come down from inside the atrium to reveal ‘The Rise’ – the central indoor meeting steps – which will be quite spectacular.”
The three-storey building covers more than 16,000 square metres of floor space and, until now, the concrete structure has been the focus of construction by contract builder Hansen Yuncken.
“We’ve had more than 200 construction workers per day on site, and there’s a real buzz now as we can see the learning spaces taking shape,” Dr Snyder said.
“Academics and professional staff due to work there next year have been on a tour and they’re excited to see it all coming together.”
The finished building will feature a 480-seat lecture theatre, state-of-the-art learning technology, nursing simulation labs, engineering labs, a ‘makerspace’, library facilities and renewable energy initiatives. A virtual tourof the campus is available online.
The campus will open for Semester 1, 2020, with almost 50 undergraduate degrees available, including business, education, computer science and mechatronics.
Enrolment applications are now open and prospective students can apply for scholarships, including Moreton Bay Regional Council Scholarships worth $8,000 per year.
Dr Snyder said the campus would service the Moreton Bay region, which was projected to grow by a further 200,000 residents in the next 20 years.
Government Commits $351m to Gold Coast Light Rail
The Queensland state government has announced a $351 million commitment towards the next stage of the Gold Coast Light Rail that would connect the southern Gold Coast to the remainder of the line.
Stage 3A will extend the existing route by seven kilometres from Broadbeach South to Burleigh Heads and includes eight new train stations.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk expects it would take around three years to build Stage 3A, with the possibility of trams operating to Burleigh Heads by 2023.
But $709 million is needed to build the third stage. And what the Queensland government has announced is almost half, with the Premier calling on federal funding to increase its current $112 million commitment to the Gold Coast extension.
Palaszczuk says state government is “all aboard” to build the project’s third stage, but called for a “fair funding deal” from federal government to get the project on track.
The current commitment federal government has made to the Gold Coast project’s third stage is $112 million, or 16 per cent.
“What we’re asking the Morrison government to do is commit $269 million to the project which is the same proportion funding arrangement (38 per cent) they invested in stage one.
Stage 1 – The federal government committed 38 per cent of total costs.
Stage 2 – The federal government committed 22 per cent of total costs.
Stage 3A – The federal government has committed 16 per cent of total costs.
The prime minister is scheduled to be in Queensland this week for the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), where the premier says the two will discuss the project’s funding further.
In the five years since its first operation more than 42 million passengers have used the G:link service. During the Commonwealth Games more than one million tram trips were taken.
The third stage of delivery is expected to create 760 jobs during construction.
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