13 Apr 2017 8:00 AMJohn-Paul Langbroek

Regarding the proposed light rail extension to Main Beach.

The current ad hoc method of announcing plans for the entire Main Beach and Spit area, with subsequent resistance and protest, shows the need for a Master Plan involving all stakeholders.

I've been calling for a community-driven Master Plan for the Spit for some time.

Whether it is transport or development, recreation or the environment, we can and should do better than the current methods. As it stands, the lack of a vision for the Spit and Main Beach has created uncertainty for our community.

A Master Plan would provide clear guidance and expectations whilst preventing the current situation of the prospect of 'open slather' development created by ad hoc approvals granted by the Council or State Labor Government.

As was done in 2001/2002 for Vision 2020, it will also open up the opportunity for us to address issues like the overall traffic problems in and around the Spit and Main Beach so we can build a better, safer, and more vibrant Main Beach and The Spit.

The discussion would involve residents and community groups, landlords and tenants, the Southport Yacht Club, the fishing fleet, Naval Cadets, Gold Coast Waterways Authority, Volunteer Marine Rescue as well as the Gold Coast City Council. Any plan must stack up economically, environmentally, and have community support.

Together as a community, let's build a blueprint for The Spit and surrounds.

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