A MAJOR centre at Coomera is one step closer this week, after the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, Stirling Hinchliffe, yesterday endorsed the Structure Plan for the Coomera Town Centre.
"This will become a major centre providing a range of employment and services for the northern part of the Gold Coast, so it's great news that this milestone has been reached," Mr Hinchliffe said.
Mr Hinchliffe said "it's no secret Coomera has presented very difficult planning challenges over a long period of time but finally there is light at the end of the tunnel." He said the Coomera Town Centre was a part of the Queensland Government's Growth Management Response.
The structure plan covers approximately 600 hectares of land and identifies conservation or environmental areas for protection, precincts for education, open space, sporting facilities and new residential areas. In addition, it details the roads, parks, business and industry areas and sets infrastructure objectives to guide the overall development of the new community.
Gold Coast City Council is now required to adopt the Structure Plan within 15 business days. Once adopted, developers can then submit master plan applications for sites within the centre, meaning construction could start as soon as the applications have been approved by the Council.
Coomera train station will anchor the town centre, and support the anticipated population growth through high density residential development. The Coomera Town Centre will include a TAFE campus and schools, police, fire and ambulance services, a health and government precinct, aquatic centre, branch library, and a community hub to support social and community services in the region.
Mr Hinchliffe said the Coomera Town Centre would provide much needed services to support the Gold Coast's Northern Growth Corridor. "Situated between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Coomera is ideally located for growth and will fill the gap between the nearest retail and business precincts at Helensvale and Logan," Mr Hinchliffe said.