Surfers Paradise has long been an iconic destination for travellers from around the globe, with its stunning beachfront and vibrant atmosphere, however over recent years many of the city’s ageing infrastructure and impacts from over development have left the community spaces in need of a facelift.
With recent re-development of the Paradise Centre it has become apparent people are wanting more open spaces and shopping and dining opportunities that take advantage of the city’s unique assets and now council has proposed plans to transform Surfers Paradise, including adding more greenery and beachside pavilions, aim to make it a world-class visitor precinct while addressing the concerns of the community.
Mayor Tom Tate emphasized the importance of listening to the community’s feedback, which highlighted the need for a more family-friendly, pedestrian-friendly, and shaded environment in Surfers Paradise. The proposed revitalization plans aim to fulfill these desires while preserving the essence of this beloved destination.
One of the central elements of the revitalization plans is the incorporation of greenery and shade along the beach and Cavill Mall. This enhancement will not only make the area more aesthetically pleasing but also create a more comfortable and inviting space for both residents and visitors. The addition of beachside pavilions, garden rooms, and turfed areas for relaxation adds to the allure of the precinct, offering more opportunities for people to enjoy and connect with the surroundings.
A notable addition to the plans is the water play plaza, a feature designed to provide entertainment and leisure for families. This inclusion aligns with the goal of making Surfers Paradise a place where everyone can gather and enjoy themselves safely. Safety is a top priority, as the plans aim to ensure that Surfers Paradise remains a secure destination for both daytime and nighttime activities.
The proposed transformation is not only about improving the local environment but also about supporting the local economy. Small businesses in the area are expected to benefit from the increased foot traffic and improved amenities. Additionally, the changes will enhance Surfers Paradise’s appeal as a tourism hotspot, attracting even more visitors to the area.
Funding for the initial stage of the revitalization plan, which focuses on Cavill Mall between The Esplanade and Surfers Paradise Boulevard, has been secured. The city has committed $40 million over the next five years to kickstart the transformation. This financial commitment underscores the city’s dedication to making Surfers Paradise an even more remarkable destination.
To ensure that the community’s voice is heard, the city is conducting pop-up consultation sessions across various locations, including Surfers Paradise, HOTA Markets, Pimpama Sports Hub, and Mudgeeraba. These sessions provide residents and stakeholders the opportunity to share their thoughts and suggestions regarding the proposed designs. An online survey is also available for those who cannot attend in person.
To have your say and stay informed about the project’s progress, visit gchaveyoursay.com.au/surfersparadise.
The consultation period will conclude on September 26th.