Planit Consulting Town Planners Gain Federal Environmental Approval For Cruise Ship Terminal

By: Planit Consulting Town Planning Consultants  05-Jul-2013
Keywords: Strategic Planning, Town Planning , Land Surveyors

Background: In 2012, Planit Consulting the town and environmental planning consultants in the Gold Coast, (Brisbane, Darwin, Kingscliff, Lismore and Sydney), was appointed to prepare a detailed master plan for the Gold Coast Ocean Terminal. The proposal is for the development of a three berth cruise ship facility with associated hotels, resorts, potential casino, retail and accommodation facilities, over approximately 100 hectares at North Kirra beach on the southern Gold Coast. In March this year, Planit, who also provide professional landscape architecture services, was successful in obtaining Federal Government approval under the EPBCA for the proposal. Gold Coast Bulletin article, 18 March 2013: The $2.1 billion Gold Coast Ocean Terminal proposed for Bilinga has not been sunk, with a federal environmental department giving it the green light. Billionaire Bob Ell along with fellow backers, Dennis and Lester Hughes, in November last year scrapped the proposal when the Gold Coast City Council steered the Newman Government towards seeking tenders for a Broadwater cruise ship terminal. In a stunning turnaround, Gold Coast Ocean Terminal executive director Dennis Hughes has told the Bulletin the consortium was now ready to proceed at Bilinga, despite an earlier "kick in the pants" from the Government. "We got the tick off (from the Federal Government) and we're ready to roll. All we need is the state (approval) and we're ready to build," he said. "The state sent us a letter saying we can't have two (cruise ship terminals) -- that was a few months ago. "We are pretty focused people. We will sit back and wait." The game-changer for the southern Coast consortium was a positive assessment from the officers at the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. The department has given approval for the project, subject to it avoiding significant impacts on any threatened species, not dredging more than 100m from the development footprint and not undertaking any sea-dumping activities. Plans for the Ocean Terminal show a beach harbour which includes three ship berths, 28 superyacht berths, three resorts and an option for a casino on a 93ha site. "It's a really good report from the Federal Government," Mr Hughes said. If you would like more information about the latest urban planning industry news in Queensland, Northern Territory, or New South Wales, contact Planit Consulting, Gold Coast. ENDS: Planit Consulting are town planning consultants based near the Gold Coast, QLD that specialise in urban and environmental planning and landscape architecture in Brisbane, Darwin, Lismore, Sydney and Kingscliff. For more information, contact the Planit Consultants on 07 5526 1500 or email For further news about recent developments in town and environmental planning, please go to the website at

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