The Spit would be divided into seven precincts.
Proposals for Phillip park precinct envisage two alternative outcomes — the first addressing the park as open space; while the second outlines the prospect of a cruise ship terminal located in the northern section of Philip Park.
The master plan will not decide whether the potential cruise ship terminal will proceed, stating that “the decision will be subject to a separate process of approval that CoGC may pursue once the master plan has been released”.
New features include 4000sq m set aside for a restored shore rainforest, a light rail extension to Sea World, a super-yacht marina, improved cycle, and walkways through the dunes.
A special curlew habitat will be developed, as well as an underwater sculpture garden for divers to explore.
And the blueprint even includes a “selfie tower” for tourists and locals alike to capture the best shots of the Gold Coast’s skyline.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said he will be “urging council to install the necessary infrastructure in partnership with the local major water users” to supply recycled water in line with the plan to create and maintain a Central Park-style green open space.
The blueprint is being released for further discussion before a final plan is released in the coming months.
Consultation is open until the end of March.