Sunland withdraws development application for Mariner's Cove, Gold Coast

Sunland withdraws development application for Mariner's Cove, Gold Coast
Sunland withdraws development application for Mariner's Cove, Gold Coast

Property developer Sunland Group will withdraw its development application for its proposed mixed-use residential and arts precinct at Mariner’s Cove on Queensland's Gold Coast.

The City of Gold Coast is to defer the current application for no longer than 12 months.

Sunland Group’s $600 million proposal included the city’s first privately-owned cultural precinct dedicated to the arts through a modern art gallery and museum as well as floating parklands, an underground aquarium and two sculptural 44-storey towers providing hotel and residential apartments.

Sunland Chairman Soheil Abedian said he believed a master plan for The Spit was in the best interests of the community and would deliver much-needed clarity, unity and direction for all stakeholders.

“We strongly believe The Mariner presented an exceptional and compelling outcome for the site,” he said.

“The Spit is a unique commercial, residential and recreational precinct and the State Government and Council need to work together, in consultation with the community and all stakeholders, to agree on a clear path forward.

“We feel it is important the master planning process is unencumbered, without any perceived time pressures from existing development applications. For this reason we are withdrawing our development application for The Mariner until such time that a master plan for the precinct can be agreed upon.”

“Q1 was met with similar challenges, yet today it remains an icon of our city and stands proudly at the centre of the emblem of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“The Mariner continues our commitment to the city and its evolution into a global destination with the opportunity for world-class entertainment, cultural and tourism amenity.

“To realise this opportunity, there must be a master plan that benefits the city and its more than 600,000 residents. A master plan that balances the natural elements of the Spit with community open space and iconic architecture that celebrates our distinctly Gold Coast lifestyle and contributes towards the enrichment of the urban fabric of our community.

“It is our ardent hope that the State Government and Council, upon completion of the master plan, allow projects such as The Mariner to have a place for the future of our city.”

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