Current status

ASF Consortium Pty Ltd

On 1 August 2017, the State Government ended the proposed ASF development on the Gold Coast Spit. The government also announced that it will move forward with a community-led master plan for the area. The decision does not rule out a future Integrated Resort Development on the Gold Coast.

The Southport Spit Master Plan is being led by the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning (formerly the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning) in collaboration with the City of Gold Coast and the Gold Coast Waterways Authority.

Community consultation

In December 2016 the Queensland Government announced that The Spit's beach and parkland would be protected and given a family-friendly makeover. Community consultation was undertaken from January 2017 until 7 April 2017, to ensure Gold Coast residents and the City Council were involved in the development of a plan for the coastal parkland.

At the same time, independent public consultation on ASF Consortium's revised proposal was undertaken.

The Queensland Government would like to thank members of the community for their input and participation in the community consultations. The community consultations resulted in more than 8,000 completed submissions via a variety of methods, including:

  • public information session at Southport State High School
  • business information evening
  • 3 community information sessions at the Department of State Development's Gold Coast Office
  • 1,000 online surveys completed
  • 4 focus groups
  • 100 telephone polls
  • more than 50 face-to-face consultations with individual and community groups in and around the Gold Coast area
  • the community consultation also included media releases, a 1800 number for enquires, radio ads and print advertisements in the Gold Coast Bulletin and Gold Coast Sun.

Aquis at the Great Barrier Reef Pty Ltd (Aquis)

On 22 August 2016 Aquis formally notified the Queensland Government of its withdrawal from the Integrated Resort Development (IRD) process and that it was no longer seeking a casino licence for its Aquis at the Great Barrier Reef development at Yorkeys Knob in Cairns.

As a result, the Aquis proposal for an IRD at Yorkeys Knob, has been reshaped to focus on a $2 billion residential and tourism development with luxury hotels, apartments and villas.

The Queensland Government continues to work with Aquis, given the jobs and opportunities on offer from this reshaped proposal.

Aquis is now working with the Department of Local Government, Infrastructure and Planning, Office of the Coordinator-General and Cairns City Council to obtain the required development approvals.

Additional regional casino licence

On 16 March 2016, it was announced in State Parliament that if one or both of the current regional IRD proposals do not go ahead, the Queensland Government may go back to the market to seek expressions of interest for the available regional licences.

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