THE Queensland Government last week said that state-owned land at Varsity Lakes will be transformed under a plan to deliver more parking for the important transport hub in time for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Transport and Commonwealth Games Minister Stirling Hinchliffe called for expressions of interest to develop the 8.4 hectare site next to the Varsity Lakes Train Station into a vibrant transit-oriented retail, commercial and residential development.
"This is an exciting opportunity for the best and most qualified developers to deliver a high-quality, transit-oriented development project that integrates a new retail and residential precinct with the Varsity Lakes Train Station," Mr Hinchliffe said.
"In addition to developing the mixed-use site, the successful tenderer will need to double the permanent park 'n' ride capacity from 300 to 600 spaces, and also provide additional temporary parking for spectators attending Commonwealth Games venues on the Gold Coast."
Mr Hinchliffe said a successful transport operation was critical to the success of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
"It is forecast that six million extra journeys will be made across the Gold Coast during the 2018 Commonwealth Games and it is critical we enhance and improve transport coordination, existing rail and bus services, boost park'n'ride facilities and improve the road network," Mr Hinchliffe said.
"Linking the road network to heavy rail, the Varsity Lakes Train Station and park 'n' ride will be an important transport hub, providing necessary day-to-day transport connections for Gold Coast residents and commuters, as well as spectators at Games time.
"This precinct will be a fantastic development for the Varsity Lakes community and provide a lasting legacy of improved public transport in the area."
The Expression of Interest (EOI) is the first stage in the process to appoint a tenderer to design and deliver a transit-oriented retail, commercial and residential development and transport infrastructure for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads will work with the preferred tenderer to facilitate delivery of the mixed-use precinct and deliver the park 'n' ride infrastructure.