Frequently asked questions

12 February 2014 - State Government Broadwater Marine Project decision

  • What did the State Government announce about the project?
  • On 13 February 2014 the Deputy Premier announced the RFDP process was complete and that ASF Consortium's Detailed Proposal had demonstrated a cruise ship terminal was a possibility, subject to a number of conditions. If ASF wishes to pursue its proposal, it must now conduct further detailed investigations and undertake community consultation.

  • What does the proposal include?
  • The proposal is for an Integrated Resort Development including a cruise ship terminal, hotel, marinas, waterfront parklands, commercial and residential uses.

    Any granting of a casino licence would be conditional on the prior establishment and ongoing operation of a successful cruise ship terminal. The ASF Consortium has lodged an Experession of Interest to the Queensland Government's Integrated Resort Developments procurement process.

  • Who is the consortium behind the proposal?
  • ASF China Property Consortium, which comprises ASF Group, China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), Guangzhou Dredging co Ltd (GDC) and China State Construction Engineering Corporation Limited (CSCEC).

  • So what happens next?
  • The State has established a new process and identified requirements that must be addressed in order for ASF Consortium to develop a cruise ship terminal on State Government land in the Southport Broadwater.

    The new process and requirements may be viewed here (PDF 1.3mb)

    ASF Consortium’s proposed development concept, whilst technically possible, requires further refinement if it is to meet the State’s no cost no risk position, among other significant conditions.

    ASF Consortium may now conduct preliminary environmental studies, further technical investigations, and community consultation.

    The further environmental and technical studies are required to update out-dated information available in regard to the impacts of the capital and maintenance dredging that would be necessary for cruise ships to access the Broadwater. These preliminary environmental studies are considered necessary to inform the lodgement of an Initial Advice Statement with the Coordinator General and the development of Terms of Reference for a full Environmental Impact Study.

  • Who will be conducting the Environmental Impact Study (EIS)?
  • If declared as a Coordinated Project, the Office of the Coordinator General (Queensland State Government) will coordinate the assessment process.

    The proposal will be subject to rigorous environmental assessment and approval from all levels of government.

    The EIS process allows for the coordination of approvals under a Bilateral Agreement between the Australian Government and the Queensland Government.

  • How long will the EIS take?
  • The EIS assessment process typically requires 18 months from the Initial Advice Statement.

  • Who is funding the development?
  • The proponent, ASF China Property Consortium.

  • How much is this expected to cost Council?
  • As is normally the case with major project initiatives the City of Gold Coast manages its own risks. The City will not consider funding or undertaking activities for which ASF is responsible as per the RFDP.

  • How will community consultation be conducted?
  • Extensive community consultation will be conducted, the details of which will be released in due course.

    Sign up to Council's Gold Coast Community News for more information.

  • What is the timeframe for construction?
  • Before any construction can commence, development approvals must be secured by ASF Consortium.

    Developments of this scale are often delivered in stages over time, however the Cruise Ship Terminal is a key element likely to be delivered in the early stages of the project.

    We will continue to keep you updated as the project progresses.

  • The Deputy Premier said the project had a number of technical issues. What are they?
  • The Deputy Premier said that there were technical issues, but none that were insurmountable.

    These technical issues relate to infrastructure works including dredging of navigation channels, cruise ship terminal operations, power, sewer, traffic and access arrangements as detailed in Queensland Government's letter of 12 February 2014 (PDF 1.3mb)

  • Will this development impact surfing conditions?
  • Deputy Chairman of National Surfing Reserves(Australia), Professor Andrew Short OAM, said that if dredging went ahead for a cruise ship terminal, the waves "should be essentially identical, if anything, a tiny bit higher".

  • Why wasn't a local company chosen for the development proposal?
  • The proposals were evaluated on merit in accordance with the RFDP. The evaluation panel, comprising senior officers of the Queensland Government and Council, concluded that it is possible for one of the two proposals to proceed.

  • Where can we find more information about the proposal?
  • This website will be progressively updated with more information regarding the project, assessment and consultation processes and timeframes.

    You may also sign up to Council's Gold Coast Community News for more information.

  • What is the Broadwater Marine Project?
  • The Broadwater Marine Project is a joint initiative of the Queensland Government and Council of the City of Gold Coast (Council), seeking private sector investment to deliver what could be the largest integrated tourism infrastructure development in Queensland’s history.

    The world-class project may include delivery of a cruise ship terminal on State Government-owned land on The Spit or on Wave Break Island in the Broadwater.

    In addition to the terminal, the potential multi-billion dollar integrated tourism project could include hotel, casino, marina and super yacht facilities, retail, entertainment, hospitality, community open space, recreation facilities and a mix of residential (types and tenure).

    A Gold Coast cruise ship terminal and associated tourism infrastructure have the potential to boost tourist visitation, increasing expenditure into the state and local economies and creating jobs.

  • What is the market approach?
  • The Queensland Government, in conjunction with Council of the City of Gold Coast (Council), called for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from industry for the project on 23 November 2012. Expressions of Interest closed on 4 February 2013. On 5 March 2013, the shortlisted proponents from the EOI stage were announced. The shortlisted proponents were:

    • ASF China Property Consortium (ASF Group, China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), Guangzhou Dredging co Ltd (GDC) and China State Construction Engineering Corporation Limited (CSCEC)
    • Azure Consortium (SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited and Brookfield Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd.)
    • ACPI Consortium
    • Ridong (Gold Coast) Development (RDG)

    On 10 July 2013 the Queensland Government released a Request for Detailed Proposals (RFDP) to the shortlisted proponents.

    On 13 February 2014 the State Government announced that the joint competitive procurement process was complete and that ASF China Property Consortium's Detailed Proposal had demonstrated a cruise ship terminal was a possibility and required further development in partnership with Council, if State land is to be made available for the development.

  • How would the Broadwater Marine Project benefit the Gold Coast?
  • The project could substantially enhance the tourism, marine and construction sectors by providing a wonderful showcase of the Gold Coast to visitors. Importantly, visitors arriving at the Broadwater could conveniently access a diverse range of attractions including beaches, theme parks, retailers, entertainment venues and the hinterland.

    Careful planning is required to ensure the project provides a lasting positive legacy for the Gold Coast.

  • Why the Broadwater?
  • It is the coastal centre of the Gold Coast, the marine tourism hub and gateway to a vast network of navigable waterways.

    Fringed by marinas, retail and hotel infrastructure, this beautiful sheltered waterway features award-winning recreational parklands and open space reserves.

    It includes Wave Break Island and The Spit, significant areas of State-owned land that provide an opportunity for further marine, tourism and recreational investment that will ultimately benefit the Gold Coast and Queensland economies.

  • What is the timing?
  • On 10 July 2013 the Queensland Government released a Request for Detailed Proposals (RFDP) to the shortlisted proponents.

    Shortlisted proponents will be expected to submit detailed proposals by October 2013. Following evaluation of proposals a preferred proponent is expected to be announced in early 2014.

    The shortlisted proponents from the Expression of Interest (EOI) stage were announced on 5 March 2013.

  • What will it cost?
  • Council and the Queensland Government have committed funds to carry out the procurement process to facilitate the assessment of proposals.

    A key project objective is that the proposals be delivered at no cost to government.

  • What are the wider economic benefits of the project?
  • As a premier tourist destination in Australia, it is imperative the Gold Coast continues to evolve and transform in line with market needs and capture new market opportunities. The Broadwater Marine Project can provide new internationallyacclaimed tourism infrastructure to strengthen the economic base of our globally competitive city.

    The Broadwater Marine Project has the potential to:

    • help build tourism into one of the four pillars of the Queensland economy and achieve the Government’s target of doubling overnight visitor expenditure to $30 billion by 2020
    • strengthen the city’s economic base and support long-term local job creation
    • create high quality, sustainable integrated tourism infrastructure that contributes positively to the city image as a premier destination globally
    • respect the environmental qualities of the Broadwater, responsibly managing potential impacts and demonstrating a balanced approach to fostering economic opportunity and addressing community expectations
    • deliver a sustained and significant increase in international and domestic tourist visitation to the Gold Coast.
  • What are the environmental considerations of the project?
  • The development must respect the environmental qualities of the Broadwater and demonstrate a balanced approach to fostering city-wide economic opportunity while responsibly managing potential environmental impacts. As the potential footprint of the development will be a key factor in determining the potential environmental impacts, a flexible framework is supported to enable innovative responses, subject to the development.

    • protecting RAMSAR and Broadwater environmental values by fully mitigating impacts on significant habitat areas (wading bird habitat, sea grass etc.) with local offset priority in the Broadwater. Development may trigger referral to the Australian Government under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
    • establishing strict protocols for:
      • cruise ship operations (no discharge into Broadwater)
      • potential emergencies (for example, sewerage/oil spill).
    • positively addressing environmental considerations and establishing strategies to minimise and mitigate potential impacts.
    • adopting best practice water management measures (water harvesting and reuse, water sensitive urban design).
  • Why now?
  • The Gold Coast is a fantastic city with much to offer. Developer confidence is growing. The timing and opportunity to be involved in creating a stand-out tourism project is ideal with the city hosting the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Importantly the early delivery of a cruise ship terminal is a priority to enhance visitor access to the city.

Project Background

The proposed Broadwater Marine Project aims to stimulate growth, create employment opportunities and encourage sound development to produce positive economic benefits for the city.

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