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State Government Commits $60m to The Spit Masterplan

State Government Commits $60m to The Spit Masterplan

The Queensland government has unveiled three infrastructure projects it will begin work on as part of the $60 million commitment made earlier this year at The Spit on the Gold Coast.

The projects are slated for completion by November 2020, following the release of The Spit Masterplan in May this year that proposed to transform The Spit, located at the northern end of Main Beach on the Gold Coast, into an “Ocean Park”.

The projects chosen for delivery, an initial $6.8 million investment, include a 675-metre cycle pathway upgrade to the Seaway Promenade, community infrastructure works on the Moondarewa Spit and share pathways linking the Muriel Henchman precinct to Doug Jennings Park.

“The projects will be the opening wave of a series of public and private developments,” minister for State Development Cameron Dick said.

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Gold Coast Waterways Authority chief executive Hal Morris described the Spit masterplan as a “game changer” for the precinct.

The Queensland government released the masterplan for The Spit following an 18-month process, addressing plans for development within each of the seven precincts. Plans include the potential for a cruise ship terminal located in the northern part of Philip Park.

Just this month, Meriton founder Harry Triguboff chimed into the case for a cruise ship terminal in the area calling it “a must have” for the city.

But local users of The Spit are divided on the proposal, with concern the area could become too overdeveloped.

Related: Developer Pulls Together Monster Surfers Paradise Site

The Spit is a permanent sand structure that separates the Gold Coast Broadwater from the Pacific Ocean.

Work has already begun on planning and design on the Seaworld Drive shared pathways.

While design works on improvements to the Seaway Promenade and community infrastructure works on the Moondarewa Spit will commence shortly.

Gold Coast-based developer Sunland Group last month listed a 3.9hectare site it had owned for 20 years at The Spit, dubbed “the largest coastal strip development opportunity”.




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Gold Coast mega-mansion with private beach sells for $11.75 million

Gold Coast mega-mansion with private beach sells for $11.75 million

A Gold Coast mega-mansion with a private beach has sold for an eye-watering $11.75 million, blasting the city’s 2020 sales record out of the water and proving property pundits are still willing to splash big cash during the pandemic pandemonium.

Looking less like a home and more like a Thai resort catering to Hollywood royalty, the six-bedroom mansion Riverpoint, at 1-3 La Scala Court, occupies a gargantuan 2623-square-metre block on the glitter strip’s Isle of Capri, while featuring a cinema, seven bathrooms, tropical gardens and a tennis court.

The home was placed under contract by Amir Mian of Amir Prestige, and while co-selling agent Charlon Delos Angeles remained tight-lipped about the buyer, he said the incredibly short time on market was testament to the abode’s star-appeal.

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“It was launched just over three weeks ago … so when you’re looking at statistics on high-end properties, there’s only seven sales of this calibre a year and they normally just don’t sell this quickly,” Mr Delos Angeles said.

“We’re surprised it was such a speedy sale but not surprised because it’s such a unique style of home. It’s more of a resort and as beautifully photographed as it is, that’s nothing in comparison to a walk-through.

“There’s this beautiful running stream that feeds into the pool, and even just walking in you can hear it … As soon as you step through those doors, it’s like the overflow of feelings you get all at once. You’re in the middle of suburbia – you’re in Isle of Capri – and then you step into something that should be Thailand.”

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Mr Delos Angeles said everything about the magnificent mansion oozed getaway vibes – from the wellness centre with space for a private masseuse to the countless outdoor entertainment areas that lapped up pristine views.

While that luxury X-factor attracted global buyer interest, he said the city’s prestige market was continuing to enjoy international attention and barely paused for breath during the pandemic.

“We have had increased inquiry and people are starting to look at the Gold Coast as a safe area … and I’m sure that Australia is a really good investment right now because of the dollar,” Mr Delos Angeles said.

He felt the sheer opulence on offer in prime waterfront hotspots was a major pull for the city, and said they were nothing short of thrilled to have clocked such a high ticket sale in such a challenging time.

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While Riverpoint may be far from the Gold Coast’s overall price record of $27 million (achieved in 2008 at Mermaid Beach), it remains the stuff stay-cation dreams are made of.

Taking up an impressive 90 metres of main river frontage, the home boasts multiple indoor and entertainment areas, a kitchen to make Gordon Ramsay swoon, three powder rooms, a wellness retreat and five-star bedrooms that boast sweeping water views.

To add to the Oprah-level extravagance, there’s also a private beach, a pontoon, a 10-car basement garage and a boat ramp.

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Prior to Riverpoint, the top sale for 2020 on the Gold Coast was a $6.75 million Paradise Point home that was snapped up earlier this year.






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Gold Coast construction to benefit from Qld govt coronavirus plan

Gold Coast construction to benefit from Qld govt coronavirus plan

The state government has unveiled it’s coronavirus recovery plan in parliament this morning, which focuses heavily on building the infrastructure we need for the future, and fast tracking construction projects.

It’s no doubt welcome news for construction companies on the Gold Coast, amidst new data from Urbis which shows our building sector has already recorded a $350 million drop in new project investments.

The Palaszczuk Government has this morning announced a ‘comprehensive and far-reaching suite of economic initiatives’ in partnership with the private sector.

The first stage, The Queensland Economic Recovery Strategy: Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs, hopes to aid our coronavirus recovery by backing Queensland jobs.

The strategy includes:

  • A rock solid determination to maintain infrastructure investment at more than $50 billion over the next four years, despite the financial challenge of supporting Queensland through the pandemic;
  • A $400 million Accelerated Works Program to deliver new road, bridge and pavement sealing works across the state;
  • A further $200 million in 2020-21 for a Works for Queensland program to support jobs and fund productive building projects; and
  • An $11.25 million expansion of the Household Resilience Program in cyclone affected areas.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says it’s carefully implemented approach, which will hopefully ensure we continue to protect our health while backing Queensland jobs.

“The package of measures I am announcing today focuses on building the infrastructure we need for the future and accelerating construction projects to protect jobs now.

“We will also help local governments to deliver projects in their communities. These infrastructure commitments are statewide and will help regional Queensland,” the Premier said.

The state government will also contribute $10 million as a support package to for international students, and to help safeguard Queensland’s global education brand.

It’s also committed to additional support for small business, by making another $100 million available in support, including Small Business Adaption Grants of up to $10,000. That’s on top of the $1 billion of job supporting business loans already announced.

$20 million will be committed for free online training which includes training in safety and hygiene standards to keep COVID-19 contained.

A further $14.8 million will be committed to support project development of the CopperString 2.0 project that will connect the North West Minerals Province with the national electricity market; and $20 million will be put towards construction of a Queensland Apprenticeships Centre in renewable hydrogen at Beenleigh.

The Premier said the package of measures built on $6 billion in support already committed to manage the health response, support Queensland businesses and families and protect local jobs.

“In recent weeks we have been listening to business and industry and the clear message is that Government investment needs to be directed at investment that will grow and diversify our economy into the future.

“The announcements I am making today are a direct result of engagement with industry representatives including from small business, manufacturing, tourism, mining, agriculture, hospitality, construction, housing and property.

“On the road ahead, a close partnership between the public and private sectors is absolutely vital to success.

“So I will establish a Queensland Industry Recovery Panel to ensure ongoing direct engagement with industry peak bodies.

“This is an economic framework that will create jobs by focusing on what we are good at – and by making more products here in Queensland.

“Our number one priority is backing Queensland jobs and doing it in a way that ensures we protect the good work to date that has helped us keep people healthy during the COVID19

“Queenslanders have united, we have worked together to flatten the curve and save lives, and we can take pride in the effort to stare down this invisible foe.

“We will emerge stronger, because that is what we do,” the Premier said.

The state government has also committed $50 million to the tourism industry, which is tipped to significantly help the Gold Coast.



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Gold Coast Apartment Sales Pick Up, Supply Falls Off

Gold Coast Apartment Sales Pick Up, Supply Falls Off

The Gold Coast apartment market has transitioned into the Covid-19 crisis in a much better position than it was going into the global financial crisis, planning and advisory firm Urbis says.

In its latest quarterly survey, Urbis found that the Gold Coast market was tracking well, recording 265 sales in the first quarter of 2020, sitting above the two-year quarterly average of 238 sales.

The weighted average sales price also lifted by 10 per cent over the quarter to $809,811, buoyed by strong pre-Covid sales.

Urbis said that over the year the Southern Beaches Precinct recorded the highest sales rate, yet a recently launched projects in Surfers Paradise had rebooted enquiry and transactions in the Gold Coast Central Precinct.

Over the quarter 64 per cent of a sales were to owner occupiers and only five per cent to overseas buyers, while interstate investors accounted for 19 per cent of sales.

Urbis senior consultant Lynda Campbell said the current environment had pushed developers to reassess projects to ensure they are ready for changes in the market.

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“It is more important now to make sure projects are targeting buyer demand in order to weather the storm,” Campbell said.

“Projects with a high exposure to the investment market will need to put in place solid pre-settlement work to maintain a strong settlement rate.”

Urbis said the city had also benefited from a shift in sentiment in recent years, favourably trending away from large developments targeting international investors and instead towards smaller boutique projects, targeting owner occupiers.

Moving forward the market is tipped to remain resilient, further supported by low interest rates, a low level of supply and a higher level of product aimed at the owner occupier market.

Worryingly, the supply of new apartments remained relatively weak at 1,000 apartments, the lowest level recorded in over five years.

“There is a pipeline of projects ready to launch over the next six months, but whether they do will be something to watch,” Campbell said.

“If project launches slow, this will put pressure on the current supply.”

Urbis said it would be watching fourteen forthcoming projects containing approximately 1,160 apartments due to settle throughout 2020 closely to see if the Covid-19 border restrictions were impacting the market.

“The next quarter’s results will be highly anticipated,” Campbell said.

“Interest rates are still low, and there is not a large volume of expensive product aimed at investors, as was the case going into the GFC.

“Though we expect sales to slow, conversations with developers suggest that enquiry is still strong.”




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