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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 (IRD) on the Gold Coast.

It is expected the master plan will take 18 months to complete.


The following is a summary of the Gold Coast IRD timeline.

Stage 1 Registration of Interest December 2013 to February 2014
Stage 2 Expression of Interest January to March 2014
Stage 3 Request for Detailed Proposals (RFDP) Start August 2014
 Government rules out development on The Northern Spit August 2014
  Government suspends process
Wavebreak Island and with ASF Consortium
April 2015
 ASF Consortium and government announce process to continue August 2015
  Revised proposal submitted by ASF Consortium October 2015
  Government considers ASF Consortium proposal and revises its proposal December 2015 to May 2016
  Government reconsiders and accepts ASF Consortium revised concept plan December 2016
 Community consultation commences
Advertising includes media releases, newspaper articles and radio ads
More than 6,500 completed surveys have been submitted for the two consultations.
Additionally there was:
  • a (rescheduled) public information session at Southport State High School
  • a 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 undertaken
  • 100 telephone polling
  • more than 50 face-to-face consultations with individual and community group in and around the Gold Coast also media releases, 1800 number for enquiries, radio ads and print advertisements in the Gold Coast Bulletin and Gold Coast Sun.
December 2016 to April 2017
Spit IRD ends Government announces it has ‘terminated’ the proposed ASF development on the Gold Coast Spit. They also announced the State will move forward with a community-led master plan August 2017
 Government clarifies decision on the Spit and reinforces a license remains available August 2017

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Last updated: 03 Dec 2019