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Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning The Honourable Jeff Seeney

Call for feedback on International Marine Precinct

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Gold Coast boaties, residents and industry are invited to have their say on the environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed $390 million Gold Coast International Marine Precinct.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said comments and submissions received through the public consultation period would be fed into the Coordinator-General’s decision-making process.

“If approved, residents and visitors to the Gold Coast will ultimately benefit from this investment and can expect to see major improvements to the Shipper Drive site in Coomera,” Mr Seeney said.

“It will also give a welcome boost to tourism, one of the four pillars of the economy, as well as employment.

“Public feedback will bring us a step closer to determining whether or not the project stacks up.”

The project includes plans for:

  • 28.9 hectares for a marine industrial zone
  • a stacked dry boat storage facility for about 290 vessels
  • 4.5 hectares internal marina with about 110 berths
  • external marina within the Coomera River with 280 multiple-sized berths
  • 9.3 hectares mixed-use precinct—sales showroom, office space, small-scale light industry, yacht club, restaurants and retail outlets, and
  • A TAFE college including a Centre of Excellence and a workshop devoted to marine-industry training

Mr Seeney said the public would have four weeks to have their say and make a submission on Harbour Island Pty Ltd’s proposed 63.5-hectare development from Monday 8 October, 2012.

Submissions close at 5pm on Friday 2 November, 2012. The EIS can be downloaded from this link 'EIS Download Page'. Interested parties can also call (07) 5526 1500.

The EIS is also available for viewing at:

  • Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water and Communities Resource Library, John Gorton Building, King Edward Terrace, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory
  • Gold Coast City Council Administration Centre, 135 Bundall Road, Bundall
  • Helensvale Library, 31 Discovery Drive, Helensvale
  • State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Bank, Brisbane.

Gold Coast International Marine Precinct

Harbour Island Pty Ltd (the proponent) proposes to construct a new integrated marine industry facility on 64 hectares (ha) of land adjacent to the existing Gold Coast marine precinct at Shipper Drive, Coomera.

The marine industry, including the proponent's partner Maritimo Pty Ltd, is forecasting strong growth to meet domestic and export demand. The proposed development is predicted to generate $250 million of annual export income and employ approximately 2,500 full time, part time and casual positions at full operational stage.

The proposal comprises:

  • over 25 ha of industrial use, including 5 ha for Maritimo Pty Ltd’s consolidated/expanded facility
  • land for a marine industry TAFE/Centre of Excellence
  • 390 berth marina (280 external and 110 internal) including a ship lift facility
  • 290 berth dry stack storage facility
  • a mixed use precinct (office, light industry and service/recreational).

The Gold Coast International Marine Precinct is a development investment that is required to meet both current and anticipated demand pressures.

The project involves the significant expenditure of time, financial and human resources ensuring that the best viable outcome from an ecological, social and economic standpoint is achieved for the long term.

The focus of the new design is a world class marine industry facility.

The new design delivers a much needed marina at a strategic locational hub in one of Australia’s fastest growing areas.