Spit project awarded

The Spit Redevelopment Project secures Gold Coast Urban Design Award of Excellence 2023.

21 November 2023


The Seaway Promenade and Moondarewa Spit redevelopment project has been recognised with the City of Gold Coast Urban Design Award for Public Projects at their triannual awards evening on 9 November 2023.

The Revitalisation project was a key outcome of The Spit Master Plan Implementation undertaken by the Queensland Government and delivered by Gold Coast Waterways Authority.

The award recognises projects which exhibit a high standard of excellence in design and execution of a public or institutional nature.

The collaborative project that included design firm, Place Design Group and engineering firm Michael Bale and Associates is a strong example of positive open space design within the context of foreshore infrastructure.


The design focused on bringing to life the community’s vision for The Spit, using material that complemented the stunning landscape, while still providing clear accessibility and a variety of public viewing spaces.

The Moondarewa Spit improvements include picnic shelters, a new amenities block and seating at the southern end where people can enjoy the beautiful views, especially at sunset.

In 2022, The Seaway Promenade and Moondarewa Spit redevelopment project won the AILA National Landscape Architecture Award for Parks and Open Space.

At the northern tip of the Gold Coast’s famous stretch of beach is a peninsula of land known as The Spit. Nominated by Tourism Australia as Australia’s third best beach for 2022, The Spit is bordered by the Pacific Ocean and The Broadwater. Almost 140 hectares of The Spit’s 201 hectares is set aside for park activities.

In May 2019, the Queensland Government released The Spit Master Plan. This followed a comprehensive master planning process and extensive community consultation.

The Queensland Government has committed $60 million to the master plan’s implementation. It is delivering community infrastructure projects and the release of undeveloped land for new and exciting development opportunities.

The master plan articulates a shared vision for the long-term future of The Spit and supports our commitment to improving the area as a community asset for future generations. The implementation of the master plan has created a strong pipeline of jobs and investment, while ensuring the protection and enhancement of public open spaces.

The future of 138 hectares of green space on The Spit has been secured and this is being balanced with the release of redevelopment site opportunities to create a vibrant Village Centre.

The Spit’s planning regulations ensure that all new developments will be limited to a maximum height of three story’s and 15 metres so they integrate seamlessly with the landscape and respect The Spit’s much-loved natural values.



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