A new vision has been presented for the Gold Coast Integrated Resort Development that will deliver a world-class coastal icon and waterfront destination to be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.

The Gold Coast Integrated Resort is the largest and most exciting tourism project on the Gold Coast in decades. Located on a site less than 3% of The Spit, the project unlocks an unused piece of land and offers the Gold Coast a pathway towards becoming the next great international city. The latest concept plan has been shaped in response to stakeholder and community feedback, which will continue as the project progresses through the Queensland Government’s Integrated Resort Development (IRD) process.

HERE ARE THE PROJECT FACTS:

1. AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF TOURISM INFRASTRUCTURE

The Gold Coast Integrated Resort provides a new global tourism destination on the Southern Spit, elevating the Gold Coast’s status and tourism appeal on the world stage.

2. AN INTEGRATED RESORT IS MUCH MORE THAN A CASINO

The project features a world-class casino, iconic waterfront piazza, multiple five and six star hotels, signature restaurants, theatres, shows and entertainment, luxury and boutique retail precincts, serviced residences and conference facilities.

3. THOUSANDS OF JOBS FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

Over 13,000 new jobs will be created during the construction and operation of the project, including over 4,100 construction-based jobs, during the proposed five-year delivery phase, and a further 9,100 jobs once the site is fully operational. This means thousands of jobs for the local community. With construction likely to occur after the 2018 Commonwealth Games, this ensures local jobs can be retained.

4. $3 BILLION WILL BE INVESTED INTO THE GOLD COAST’S FUTURE

The $3 billion Gold Coast Integrated Resort is expected to inject $710 million per annum into the local economy, providing immediate and ongoing investment into the Gold Coast’s future, with benefits flowing across Queensland.

5. A PROJECTED 2.1 MILLION ADDITIONAL VISITOR NIGHTS EVERY YEAR MEANS MORE BUSINESS FOR EVERYONE

The project will reinvigorate The Spit, attracting an estimated 2.1 million additional visitor nights each year to the Gold Coast region. More tourists means more flights needed to the Gold Coast, more visits to Gold Coast attractions and more business for local operators.

6. RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES ON THE BROADWATER WILL NOT BE IMPACTED

Feedback from the community and key stakeholders has shaped and informed the latest concept plan. This includes minimal development of The Broadwater and no impact on current recreational activities.

7. THIS PROJECT NO LONGER INCLUDES A CRUISE SHIP TERMINAL

A cruise ship terminal is no longer part of project and is not included in the updated concept plan. The City of Gold Coast is independently exploring other options.

8. THIS PROJECT INCLUDES ITS OWN TRAFFIC SOLUTION FOR THE SPIT

ASF has developed a Traffic and Transport Management Plan for The Spit that will support the project, address traffic congestion and deliver legacy infrastructure for the Gold Coast. Traffic modelling has future-proofed this solution, which is scalable and flexible to support future growth of the City. Core infrastructure will be funded by the project.

9. IT UNLOCKS AN UNUSED PIECE OF LAND

Located on a site less than 3% of The Spit, the internationally acclaimed tourism destination will be accessible to everyone. It opens up a new waterfront destination to be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.

10. IT UNLOCKS THE POTENTIAL OF THE SOUTHPORT CBD

The project provides a catalyst to grow the Southport CBD, connecting The Spit and Southport, whilst embracing the Broadwater. It will deliver significant business and employment opportunities.

FACT SHEETS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

PROJECT STATUS

What is an Integrated Resort?

Integrated resorts are high-quality mixed-use destinations offering multiple world-class attractions including hotels, restaurants, retail, convention facilities and entertainment. Gaming is only a small part of the attraction at the Gold Coast Integrated Resort and less than 5% of the gross floor area. Projects of this type are designed to cater to all age groups, nationalities and degrees of spend. They transform cities, providing many long-term employment benefits and significant infrastructure dividends for the community.

Why does the Gold Coast need an Integrated Resort?

Tourism is a key economic driver for the Gold Coast and new and exciting offerings are required to compete globally in attracting international visitors. The Integrated Resort will be the largest and most exciting tourism project on the Gold Coast in decades. It will stimulate the regional economy by attracting more than 1.5 million additional tourists to the Gold Coast each year.

What is the status of the project?

The project continues to progress through the Queensland Government’s Integrated Resort Development (IRD) process. ASF remains fully committed to investing in the Gold Coast and working with the Queensland Government, City of Gold Coast and the community to create this global waterfront destination.

Where will the Gold Coast Integrated Resort be located?

Located on a site less than 3% of The Spit, the project unlocks an unused piece of land between Sea World and the Gold Coast Fisherman’s Co-operative. This site falls within the state-owned land made available in the existing IRD project and creates a new waterfront precinct accessible to locals and visitors alike.

Is the Gold Coast’s IRD process an open market tender?

No. ASF has been working with the Queensland Government to develop plans for the Gold Coast Integrated Resort since being announced the sole proponent for the project in 2014.

Is the cruise ship terminal still proceeding?

A cruise ship terminal is no longer part of the project. The City of Gold Coast is independently exploring other options. ASF is supportive of any investment that develops the Gold Coast tourism and hospitality economy, on the basis it is developed with due regard to environmental standards expected by the community.

PROJECT BENEFITS

What does the Gold Coast Integrated resort include?

The project will provide a global tourism icon and waterfront destination to be enjoyed by visitors and locals alike. It features a world-class casino, iconic waterfront piazza, multiple five and six star hotels, signature restaurants, theatres, shows and entertainment, luxury and boutique retail precincts, serviced residences, conference facilities and Australia’s first health and medi-spa.

What will the project mean for local jobs, now and in the future?

Over 13,000 new jobs will be created during the construction and operation of the project, including 4,100 construction jobs and 9,100 jobs upon completion. This means thousands of jobs for the local community across multiple sectors including construction, retail, tourism, travel, professional services, health and trades. With construction likely to occur after the Commonwealth Games, this means local jobs can be retained. ASF will comply with the State’s local content policies and plans to work alongside City of Gold Coast to maximise local job opportunities and future training programs.

What will this project mean for the local economy and business?

Worth an estimated $3 billion, the project will provide an immediate and on-going investment in to the Gold Coast’s future, with benefits flowing across Queensland. This includes new job creation, graduate and apprenticeship opportunities, sustainable investment into the economy, legacy infrastructure and stimulation of the tourism industry.

Will the project impact the other local tourism operators?

The project will assist to grow the tourism market through capturing the growing Asian tourism market and attracting additional tourists to the Gold Coast. More tourists translates to more business for existing tour operators, more visits to Gold Coast attractions and more flights needed to the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast Integrated Resort will act as a ‘good neighbour’ in working with surrounding tourism offerings to further elevate the Gold Coast brand.

How will it help unlock Southport’s potential as the new CBD?

The project provides a catalyst to grow the Southport CBD, connecting The Spit and Southport, whilst embracing the Broadwater. It will deliver significant business and employment opportunities.

How will it impact revenues for local clubs with poker machines?

The project’s world-class gaming offering will focus on attracting new international business, interstate and intrastate visitors. The significant growth in new visitors is anticipated to provide a positive impact on the revenue of local clubs.

How will it support tourism growth?

The Gold Coast attracts around 900,000 international visitors per year but compared with other destinations in Australia and overseas, the Gold Coast is losing market share. The outbound Asian tourism market is expected to be worth $13 billion to the Australian economy by 2020 and we continue to face strong competition from other destinations, including Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Sydney and Melbourne, many of which have, or are building integrated resorts. This project will deliver a global waterfront destination and tourism icon, elevating the Gold Coast’s status on the world stage.

What is the proposed traffic solution for The Spit?

The project includes a Traffic and Transport Management Plan for The Spit, with core infrastructure funded by ASF. The plan, which consists of two stages, has involved consultation with the State Government, City of Gold Coast and The Department of Main Roads. The traffic assessment was modelled taking in to account peak traffic times at The Spit and using future traffic growth estimated in accordance with City of Gold Coast’s City Plan. This provides a future-proof strategy, which is scalable and will deliver legacy infrastructure for the Gold Coast. An extended light rail and ferry service is being considered. Find out more here

Will the project be accessible for local Gold Coast residents?

The internationally acclaimed tourism precinct will be accessible to all locals. Situated on a five-hectare waterfront site between Sea World and the Gold Coast’s Fisherman’s Co-operative, the project will deliver improved Broadwater amenity for the community.

Will the project impact current Broadwater activities or the beach and local surfing spots?

The proposal requires minimal land reclamation or dredging and will have no impact on beaches or surf spots. It will enhance the current Broadwater offering for locals and visitors alike through new waterfront walkways, beaches, jetties, fishing and boating spots.

Will the project provide more waterfront access and activities for locals?

The concept is designed to create the Gold Coast’s first true waterfront square as a local gathering space for the city. It will provide a newly accessible water’s edge with a pedestrian boulevard, a new boating destination, an area for water events and performances and the Gold Coast’s first waterfront piazza and amphitheatre for residents and families to visit and enjoy.

PROJECT DETAILS

Who is delivering the project?

ASF is the lead developer and passionate about delivering a legacy project for the Gold Coast and Queensland. ASF’s associates include respected Australian and global companies that provide the expertise, track record and financial capacity required to deliver the project at no cost and no risk to the Queensland Government and the community.

Who makes up ASF?

ASF is a public Australian company. ASF Group is led by an international Board of Directors that spearheads investment opportunities into Australia. A team of international and local associates support ASF including a design and delivery team from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Together they bring a wealth of experience in delivering similar projects around the globe coupled with local knowledge and expertise.

What is the proposed building height?

To deliver an internationally acclaimed integrated resort, achieving appropriate height is required. This also results in less site coverage and allows for the provision of increased public open space and access to the waterfront for the whole community to enjoy. To achieve the best balance between height and footprint, the current concept includes five dwellings with the signature hotel kept to a maximum height of 45 storeys, with the others potentially stepping down to 20 storeys. This has been benchmarked against other Integrated Resorts around the world. This design creates a unique opportunity for maximum public realm, opening up new and accessible areas never before available to visitors or Gold Coast residents.

What is the environmental impact and how will the Broadwater be protected?

ASF has listened to the Gold Coast. Consultation and feedback has helped to shape and inform the new concept design, ensuring minimal development on The Broadwater and no impact on current recreational activities. This will be achieved through a rigorous Environmental Management Plan to be approved by Government prior to any construction works beginning.

Is the land being offered at no cost to ASF?

The IRD procurement process is a Cabinet-approved assessment process to ensure the best outcome is achieved for the people of Queensland. Should ASF’s Detailed Proposal be approved, ASF is required to provide a binding commercial offer of which land is one component.

Who is the operator of the Casino?

ASF has an experienced operator planned for the Gold Coast Integrated Resort that will be formalised as part of the Queensland Government’s IRD process. For more information regarding the casino license process, please visit: DSD FAQ

Who is responsible for the project planning and approvals?

The IRD procurement process is a Cabinet-approved assessment process that requires a statutory planning approval to ensure the best outcome is achieved for the people of Queensland.

What is the City of Gold Coast’s role with project planning?

The project is located on land owned by the Queensland Government and will be assessed through the State’s IRD process. The Queensland Government can determine under a range of instruments what can be allowed on the site. ASF is committed to working with the City of Gold Coast to get the best outcome for the community.

Does the project comply with the City of Gold Coast’s Town Plan?

ASF is seeking an alternative outcome on a performance-based solution given the unique nature and potential economic uplift of this tourism focused development.

There’s been ongoing discussion around a proposed master plan for The Spit. What does this mean for the project?

The State Government is yet to make an announcement regarding this matter. Regardless of the outcome, ASF’s plans will deliver a world-class, international tourism destination that will stand tall individually and support broader development of the Southern Spit. ASF’s traffic modeling has future proofed this solution, which is scalable and considers future enhancements of The Spit.

How can I find out more information?

The Gold Coast Integrated Resort is currently progressing through the Queensland Government procurement process. The Government is also undertaking two independent community consultation programs: 1) The Spit Parkland, and 2) ASF’s Concept Plan.

Over the coming months, ASF will keep Gold Coast residents informed on both processes via the: