The Broadwater Marine Project was a joint initiative of the Queensland Government and Council of the City of Gold Coast (Council) that sought private sector investment to deliver what could be the largest piece of integrated tourism infrastructure developed in Queensland's history.
The world-class project sought 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 multi-billion dollar integrated tourism project could consider inclusion of hotel, casino, marina and super yacht facilities, retail, entertainment, hospitality, community open space, recreational facilities and a mix of residential (types and tenure).
A Gold Coast cruise ship terminal was previously investigated in 2005 with a subsequent Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) prepared, however the Queensland Government decided not to progress with a terminal at the time. Because this report was commissioned some years ago, it is logical to seek an update in line with current social, environmental and economic conditions.
Since 2005, the cruise market has evolved into one of the growth sectors of the tourism industry in Australia. A cruise ship terminal and associated tourism infrastructure could deliver increased visitation and benefits to the Gold Coast and Queensland tourism sector.
Cruise ship terminal feasibility studies, including navigational simulation investigations in the Seaway and the Broadwater, and a financial viability and economic analysis, have been undertaken by Council and may be viewed under Council Reports.
On 31 October 2012, Council of the City of Gold Coast agreed to work with the Queensland Government on the Broadwater Marine Project competitive market approach. Council also endorsed a Planning Intent for the project and agreed to key terms for a Memorandum of Understanding to guide government co-operation on the project.
The market approach was conducted in two stages and in accordance with strict probity protocols to ensure a fair competitive process.
Related Project information
Broadwater Marine Project - Map (PDF 297kb)
Broadwater Marine Project - Fact Sheet (PDF 313kb)
Broadwater Marine Project - Planning Intent (PDF 618kb)
Memorandum of Understanding (PDF 227kb)
Stage 1: Expressions of Interest (EOI)
The Queensland Government released the first stage of the Broadwater Marine Project market approach, an Invitation for Expressions of Interest (EOI), on 23 November 2012. The invitation for EOI closed on 4 February 2013 with eight EOIs received by the Queensland Government. A joint Queensland Government and Council senior officer panel evaluated the eight EOIs. On 5 March 2013, the Deputy Premier announced that four proponents had been shortlisted to submit detailed proposals:
- ASF 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)
Related EOI information
Invitation for Expressions of Interest (PDF 756kb)
International EOI Advertising Campaign (PDF 1.1mb)
Stage 2: Request for Detailed Proposals (RFDP)
On 10 July 2013 the Queensland Government released the second stage of the Broadwater Marine Project market approach, the Request for Detailed Proposals (RFDP), to shortlisted proponents. The Request for Detailed Proposals closed on 17 October 2013 with the Queensland Government receiving detailed proposals from ASF Consortium and ACPI Consortium. The detailed proposals were evaluated by a joint Queensland Government and Council senior officer panel.
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 and required further refinement in partnership with Council of the City of Gold Coast, if State land is to be made available for the development.
Related RFDP Information
Part 1 – Invitation to Lodge (PDF 890kb)
Part 2 – Project Brief (PDF 1.2mb)
The proposed Broadwater Marine Project aims to stimulate growth, create employment opportunities and encourage sound development to produce positive economic benefits for the city.