ROBINA'S 'PHENOMENAL' FUTURE VISION FOR 2050

Written on the 25 February 2016 by Nick Nichols

ROBINA'S 'PHENOMENAL' FUTURE VISION FOR 2050

THE transformation of Robina from cow paddock to thriving Gold Coast urban village over the past 30 years is about to become even more dramatic by 2050.

The Robina Business Alliance (RBA) has detailed a bold new future for the city's alternate CBD driven by the development of vacant land surrounding Cbus Super Stadium into a new City Park that will incorporate a range of sports, recreation, events, hotel and conference facilities.

RBA says the proposal, which includes a continued focus on smart business, innovation, technology, health and education, has the capacity to triple the Robina-Varsity Lakes economy to $5.4 billion by 2050. It also will boost Robina's share of the broader Gold Coast economy to 24.6 per cent.

"Robina in 2050 is going to be a phenomenal place," says RBA president Ben Burgess.

"(This will be) driven by the lifestyle that we have, the economic growth we're going to capture through smart business, the creation of a city park and also unrivalled connectivity through new transport connects.

"What we are looking to do is build around the existing significant infrastructure in place, being the sports stadium to create an international sports precinct."

Burgess says the masterplan, which is an aspirational blueprint for the commercial hub, will build on the medical precinct already in place at Robina, as well as Bond University's sports research facility located next to the Cbus Super Stadium.

"The commercial core itself will continue to develop, and then of course the city park itself, the green heart, is a phenomenal opportunity for the Gold Coast itself."

Burgess says the proposal is expected to be funded through private-public partnerships, in line with the Palaszczuk Government's desire to encourage market-led proposals for infrastructure development.

The RBA revealed its proposal at a business breakfast featuring a keynote address by demographer Bernard Salt.

"When you take stock of the Gold Coast today, there are very few regions that can match Robina-Varsity's capacity for growth and expansion, or its ability to provide diversity of housing and workspaces," Salt says.

However, the KPMG partner, who was enlisted by the City of Gold Coast in 2014 to visualise the city's future over the next 30 years, reveals that major challenges remain around transportation in particular.

He says transport is an ongoing issue for the entire city, although he believes the new City Plan is on the right track to drive change.

"This is a city that's going to double in population but not significantly change its urban form," says Salt.

"It's still going to be a long thin sausage and that means that transportation issues will be an issue for the Gold Coast for the next three decades or so. This is something the Gold Coast needs to overcome in order to maintain lifestyle."

Among the key transport proposals by the RBA to drive its future vision for Robina is a light rail link between Broadbeach and the Robina railway station.

"The second phase of this dedicated Robina link would be the establishment of a light rail or other rapid transit connection from Robina right through to the airport," says Burgess.

Salt says this link will provide Robina with the 'scaffolding to build on future population growth and be a major economic centre and a hub for employment creation'.

"Keeping pace with growth is important, but there's a competitive advantage for regions that are also able to keep pace with change," he says.

Salt says the best approach is to 'containerise' the city by creating a series of strong urban hubs in Robina, Southport and Coolangatta.

"If you are going to double the size of this city to 1.2 million people by 2050, in a long thin sausage shape, I want heavy rail, light rail and motorways," he says.

"I want strong vibrant regional centres with jobs. That's what will make this city work and you can't do this without vision."


Author: Nick Nichols

Latest News

PROFIT BOOST FORECAST AT VILLA WORLD

VILLA World has forecast profit growth of 5 per cent in the first half of FY17 in an earnings guidance released to th...

WP CURVE SOLD TO GODADDY

NASDAQ-listed tech company GoDaddy has bought Gold Coast's WP Curve for an undisclosed sum.

The subscription-b...

BOARD SHAKE-UP TAKES OUT SURFSTITCH FOUNDER

ONLINE actionwear retailer SurfStitch Group (ASX: SRF) has announced a major board shake-up in a move that effectivel...

ORIGIN TO DIVEST UPSTREAM OIL AND GAS BUSINESS

ORIGIN Energy will spin off its upstream oil and gas business in an as-yet unpriced IPO.

It will allow the Sydney-...

Related News

HOW MCDONALD'S AUSTRALIA REDISCOVERED ITS INNOVATIVE SPIRIT

MCDONALD'S is such a ubiquitous part of the Australian landscape today that it is easy to forget how it change...

JB HI-FI IS THE GOOD GUY IN $870 MILLION ACQUISITION

ELECTRONICS giant JB Hi-Fi has formally completed its $870 million acquisition of home appliance chain The Good Gu...

ACCC ACTS AGAINST MERITON'S RIGGED REVIEWS

MERITON Property Services is under fire from Australia's main consumer watchdog, after it allegedly engaged in mi...

ACCC FIRES WARNING SHOT TO IVF PROVIDERS

IVF clinics have been put on notice by consumer watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC...

Contact us

Email News Update Sign Up Contact Details

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Email Format

PO Box 2087
Brisbane QLD 4001

LoginTell a FriendSign Up to Newsletter