Norm Smith Medallist
- Apr 12, 2007
- AFL Club
- Port Adelaide
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The Chinese group that paid $27.26 million for Southport's Star of the Sea site in 2013 has served up a tipple of information about its plans for the blue-chip holding.
They include Bar Street, which seems to indicate the project will feature watering holes. Also mooted are an office tower, a hotel/apartment tower, an art laneway, nosheries and retail area.
The revitalisation of the (Southport) CBD continues. Since nightclubs aren't allowed inside the CBD boundaries they are going to have to rely on little boutique bars like Swannie's and Not Tonight to create a night scene. Although it feels a bit 90s, I don't mind the look of Swannie's:SOUTHPORT’S night-life scene is coming back to life with a new bar and three restaurants set to open in the CBD.
City and business leaders said the suburb, where three years ago few traders were open past dark, was shaping as the “Broadbeach of the north” as it reaps the benefits of new infrastructure and millions of dollars of redevelopment.
New bar Swannie’s is due to open this week at 34 Nerang St, adding another live music venue to a growing list that includes, Not Tonight and Don Miguels.
Kubo’s Bar and Grill is also among a growing number of licensed restaurants to recently open their doors at Australia Fair West after a $15 million revamp.
Committee for Southport chairman John Howe said the rejuvenation of the CBD was keeping the area which was bustling during the day pumping at night.
“The light rail is bringing a lot of people into Southport from other areas,” he said.
“There is a nice vibe happening with bars like Not Tonight and new ones about to open.”
Southport councillor Dawn Crichlow said three new restaurants were opening at Australia Fair West, one of which by the owners of Southport cafe 42Fifteen will have a wine bar.
Cr Crichlow said places such as Swannie’s would attract more people to the CBD.
“It will attract other people. It is like Not Tonight and that has been very successful,” she said.
“There is a lot of things happening in Southport.”
Not Tonight co-owner Julian Luckhardt said “healthy competition” was good for the area. I say ramp it up, it gives people a destination other than Broadbeach to go to,” he said.
Mr Luckhardt said when his bar opened three years ago the Southport scene was very different, with very few places open late for people to go out for a meal or drink.
Good Bean at 32 Nerang St, opened early this year and serves Stone and Wood Pacific Ale for $5 a bottle. Owner Peter Taylor said the area needed more bars.
“People always ask, ‘where do we go for a drink?’ and I send them to Not Tonight but that is really it,” he said.
“You can see looking up the street there are eight vacant shops. We need establishments like Swannie’s to draw people back to the street.”
Mr Taylor said he could see the good times coming as the vacant shops were filled up by new businesses.
“Twelve months and this place will be buzzing.”
Regardless of what anyone may think about casinos and their impact on locals, it's undeniable that a project like this would help kickstart an enormous amount of development in the Southport CBD area. A car bridge that directly links what I am going to presume will be called 'Crown Gold Coast' and the CBD would change the area completely.WORK will begin as early as next March on a $3 billion casino and residential project earmarked for The Spit on the Gold Coast.
James Packer’s Crown Resorts will operate the casino and the Chinese-owned ASF Consortium will build the residential and office space in a game-changing development for the Glitter Strip.
The project will be situated between Palazzo Versace and Sea World resort and includes three towers, seven high-end restaurants and a spectacular Florida Keys-style bridge which would link The Spit to Southport to ease traffic congestion.
Sea World would also double in size, add a water park and become the biggest theme park in the country.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Jackie Trad and State Development Minister Anthony Lynham signed off on a process deed with ASF bosses this week and the master plan is expected to be given the green light by Cabinet before Christmas.
The development would be one of the biggest and most expensive in Queensland history, even as work starts on the $3 billion Queens Wharf integrated resort in the heart of Brisbane that is being developed by Star Entertainment.
The bold plan by Crown and ASF to make a major statement on the Gold Coast landscape could also see Star press the accelerator on the next phase of their expansion plans for Jupiters casino at Broadbeach.
ASF had previously lobbied to build a cruise ship terminal and casino/resort on the Southport Broadwater, but that proposal was shot down in flames by environmentalists and the State Government.
However, green groups are expected to give this latest project the all-clear because it does not include a cruise ship terminal or involve touching Wave Break Island.
ASF director Louis Chien said the rejection of the cruise ship project had not weakened the company’s resolve.
“We continue to believe in Queensland and in the Gold Coast,” he said.
“It’s been a long journey but it has allowed us to ensure that what we deliver is going to be something truly iconic.
“It will help raise the profile and the brand of southeast Queensland.”
It is understood ASF and Crown have been in talks for months about Crown operating the casino and hotels.
No formal agreement has been signed, but The Sunday Mail understands Crown is keen to proceed as long as the ASF master plan meets stringent quality standards.
ASF and Crown have also been in talks with Sea World and are close to an agreement on working together to expand the theme park’s footprint.
One of the major issues is traffic, and a bridge linking The Spit to Southport is the most likely option.
The ASF project could see Star fast-track plans for a “mini-Manhattan” of up to seven high-rise towers on their Broadbeach island, but Mr Chien said he was not concerned by his rivals’ plans. “We believe in the spirit of competition,” he said. “It raises the level for everyone.”
The ASF development would be a magnet for well-heeled Asian tourists.
THE Las Vegas arrow, the Hollywood sign and now the Gold Coast Gateway.
The Gold Coast City Council has launched an international competition to find the best design to welcome visitors to the city as they drive, or more likely are stuck in traffic on, the M1 to the north and on the Gold Coast Highway to the south.
But the welcoming symbol might not even use the word "gateway".
The artist chosen will have to be able to work with a budget of $2 million, including the fabrication and installation of both signs.
It also includes any traffic control needed to install the signs, as well as crash barriers the length of the artwork.
The council has set a deadline of November next year for the welcoming "bookends" to be in place, to ensure they are ready for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Four sculptures resembling silver ferns are to be installed in Surfers Paradise - a much smaller commission with fewer logistic problems - at a budget of $330,000.
The scale of the welcoming signs is also not to be sneezed at, adding to budget pressures.
A mammoth work of art up to 750m long and 11m tall can be erected between the north and southbound lanes of the M1, just south of the Albert River at Stapylton.
The southern gateway will be much smaller, measuring a maximum of just 55m long and 8m high, on the median strip of the Gold Coast Highway at Bilinga.
The design does not have to fill the whole space but cannot be bigger.
Artists will have to keep in mind that motorists will be travelling up to 110km/h and travellers must be able to read them.
The tender documents are calling for a "visually bold, expressive and memorable design".
"It is intended that these iconic gateway artworks engage both the public and the media in a robust conversation about the City of Gold Coast and the role of public art in cities, making them both remarkable and newsworthy," the documents said.
When the gateway project was briefly mentioned in the city's art plan last July, deputy mayor Donna Gates asked they be easy to recognise as welcoming markers to the city, unlike the red pillion which marks the Queensland-NSW border on the M1.
Mayor Tom Tate said "realistically" the design competition needed to be put out the world.
"Of course, I hope a local wins but that will be down to the panel and final presentations," he said.
An external, six-person panel representing a cross-section of the industry will pick the five finalists, who will then be invited to further develop their designs.
The same panel will then pick a winner from the detailed designs.
"Everyone will have a view or opinion about this work - that's the beauty of art," Cr Tate said.
As part of the tender, the council is also offering an artist's mentorship for a Gold Coast artist during the design, fabrication and installation phases.
The tender will close on December 23
Pretty crazy to think the sign would stretch close to a kilometre.Up to 750metres long. Holy ****.
The M1 is a state issue. State MPs Michael Hart (Burleigh) and Jann Stuckey (Currumbin) have been campaigning for the widening of the Robina-Palm Beach stretch for a while now but the Palaszczuk government is unwilling to foot 80% of the bill because they believe Queensland is being ripped off when you compare it to the 50:50 split of funding between the two levels of government in New South Wales for the Pacific Motorway (the same road).realistically, are any tourists going to remember a bit of artwork next to the motorway in yatala, probably the least memorable town in the gold coast? i'm all for giving the gold coast more awareness, but at a cost of up to $2m? everyone's crying out for more upgrades to the arvo carpark that is the M1. at this stage I'd rather see that money put into upgrading it rather than beautifying it.