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

    $1 billion Gold Coast resort project approved

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

    Thursday, September 06, 2012

    $1 billion Gold Coast resort project approved

    Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney has decided to approve the proposed $1 billion Jewel resort development application in Surfers Paradise.

    Mr Seeney said he took great care in arriving at his decision to approve the Jewel development, under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.

    “I did not rush this decision, and I extended the decision timeframe in order to make sure I was making the right decision for the community and the state,” he said.

    “There is a billion dollar investment at stake here and more than 3,000 jobs were riding on the outcome – the jobs of the 2,500 construction workers and the 670 hospitality staff and other workers who will build, operate and occupy this development.

    “The establishment of a new hotel resort and residential apartments will be welcomed by the Surfers Paradise construction and tourism industries.

    “It will provide new business opportunities in the local area and contribute to growing and stimulating the tourism and construction industries.

    “The proposal will also add to the high standard of urban design and architectural merit by activating pedestrian areas and rejuvenating the coastal strip”

    The proposed development, situated on Old Burleigh Road, consists of three high-rise buildings including a resort hotel, apartments, office and some retail.

    The project had previously been approved by the Gold Coast City Council but parties had objected to the development.

    Mr Seeney said he had conditionally approved the development with 124 conditions.

    “I have included conditions requiring architectural certification to ensure that the design philosophy and design intent evolves as approved,” he said.

    “The resort hotel component is also an integral part of the development and I have conditioned the approval to ensure that this occurs in any first stage of construction.

    “Conditions also require landscaping and acoustic treatments to ensure the potential noise and privacy impacts on neighbouring properties are reduced.”

    The Minister’s decision cannot be appealed in the Planning and Environment Court.

    [ENDS] 6 September 2012

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