The City of Gold Coast has set the groundwork for two very different developments with swathes of land to become a green recreational area, while 1,100 hectares may become industrialised.
On Tuesday, councillors resolved to develop 270 hectares of land between Robina and Merrimac into the ‘Greenheart’ project.
Councillors also endorsed plans to investigate how a 3,000-hectare industrial zone in Yatala could be expanded.
Gold Coast gets a ‘Greenheart’
State government benchmarks mean 80 per cent of new developments must be built within the existing urban footprint, meaning more high-density housing.
- 270 hectares between Robina and Merrimac to become a recreational area akin to New York’s Central Park
- Council will also investigate how a 3,000 hectare industrial zone could be expanded by 1,100 hectares
- An exact cost of both projects is yet to be determined
“It’s going to make sure that suburban Gold Coasters enjoy the very same very high standard of amenity enjoyed by their coastal cousins,” he said.
The parklands — adjacent to Robina Stadium — will include sporting fields and playgrounds.
Cr Vorster said each stage would go to tender separately but the entire project would cost tens of millions of dollars.
50 years worth of land
According to the City of Gold Coast, the Yatala Enterprise Area employs 40,000 people, with hopes to provide 50 years worth of land supply for new industrial developments.
Local area councillor Mark Hammel said expanding that industrial zone further east could double the number of jobs.
“With this investigation into more land supply we present the opportunity to possibly have one of the biggest industrial precincts on the eastern seaboard,” he said.
“It puts council in a really good position to then go to state and federal governments with a well put-together plan, based with economic data, to say ‘this is why you need to invest more in the infrastructure in the northern end of our city’.”
A report is due in early 2022.