Official media release from the City of Gold Coast reads - Northern Gold Coast is set to get a state-of-the-art aquatic, sports and community centre and City of Gold Coast is asking residents to have their say on the plans.
Council has committed $5 million in next year's budget to progress detailed design. This will determine final construction works and staging. Initial budget estimates are for $56.5 million over a four year period.
The draft Northern Gold Coast Sports and Community Precinct Master Plan is an integrated aquatic, recreation, sporting and community hub to meet the needs of the fastest growing area of the coast.
"The precinct will address the emerging need for sport and community services and facilities in the northern suburbs for both existing and future residents," said Deputy Mayor Donna Gates.
"With a current population of nearly 75,000 - the next 20 years will see the population of the northern Gold Coast more than double to 167,000. This is one third of the total growth projected for the city," she said.
The precinct is proposed to feature regional facilities including:
- 50 metre Olympic pool and 25 metre pool
- water play area and learn to swim pool
- flexible events space
- nine court district-level tennis centre
- 12 court regional netball centre
- local and district parklands
- community centre with the capacity to function as an evacuation centre.
With its projected population growth, accessible location and growing need for local community facilities, the Pimpama area is considered the ideal location for this new infrastructure.
"Sporting infrastructure is in short supply in the north. With netball and tennis courts well over capacity and no 50 metre pool to service the 18 schools within the area, the new sporting precinct will give children the chance to join clubs in their area and develop their sporting skills," Cr Gates said.
"The flexible events space will address a need for events infrastructure in the north of the city. The master plan design includes four event spaces covering an area of nearly 1.5 hectares. This space will attract major events and will be a premier site for community events for the northern Gold Coast. The precinct can accommodate events attracting up to several thousand people," she said.
Following community engagement, detailed design will commence with the facility expected to open in late 2020.
Residents, businesses and visitors are invited to have their say on the draft Northern Gold Coast Sports and Community Precinct Master Plan at gchaveyoursay.com.au/northernprecinct between 31 May and 28 June 2017. Source: City of Gold Coast