About Southport

About Southport

CBD Gold Coast has arrived!

With Southport not only reclaiming the title of CBD Gold Coast, but owning it, the 2018 Centenary of Southport and the Commonwealth Games, we are no longer looking towards 2018 but from 2018 and towards the next stage of growth for our city.

In 1882 newspapers were reporting “in Southport there are three or four stores doing a brisk trade, two butchers’ shops, three or four hotels, a chemist, blacksmith, baker, and fruiterer, national school, with a regular attendance of fifty children, also a boarding school for young ladies, several private residences and furnished cottages to let.”

At its centenary, Southport, has well and truly cemented itself as the centre of commerce and services for the Gold Coast having been declared CBD Gold Coast by Gold Coast City Council and the Queensland Government declaration of a Priority Development Area in 2014.

Since the Priority Development Area declaration, Southport has seen billions of dollars injected into the area.  This is largely through rising confidence in the CBD as well as construction and tourism from the 2018 Commonwealth Games and associated activities.

Southport’s health and knowledge precinct is going from strength to strength.  The Gold Coast University Hospital is not just striving to be, but has achieved, world class status, with the rest of the health and knowledge precinct following closely on its heels.

Many years ago Southport was popular with Brisbanites, Ipswich miners and their families, and graziers from the Darling Downs. Now we see a city where international tourism thrives.   A diverse city where China town and Study Gold Coast connect our knowledge and business precincts with counterparts across the globe.

The future for Southport is in the quality of our local schools, in the development of the city’s legal precinct located in the CBD, connecting the light rail to the airport, improving our road networks further, and ensuring we remain a hub for key services, education and business.

Southport is a CBD which respects its past, with the emergence of vibrant and energetic spaces whilst revitalising and repurposing the old, and celebrates our lifestyle and our diverse future.

We all know Southport is an incredible part of the world and has something truly unique to offer.  The future is bright – let’s make sure the rest of the world knows too.

Our Stand

  1. Legal Precinct & Supreme Court
    Work with Council to review planning overlays and conditions to attract more legal services, professional chambers and more court services into the CBD

  2. Light Rail to Gold Coast Airport
    Overwhelming support for connection to the airport as a priority. Also support for connectivity from Griffith Uni to Hope Is and Coomera over the long term.

  3. Capacity of local Schools
    In-fill development and the Games Village are pushing local schools over quota, all schools in the catchment need to be redeveloped in such a way that maximum greenspace is preserved and building footprints better optimised. Also need a new school in the CBD adjacent to light rail.

  4. War on Drugs
    There needs to be a more comprehensive strategy developed to deal with Criminal Gangs and the Ice Epidemic, which may require tougher sentencing, more police and better services.

  5. Sundale Bridge and Traffic Congestion
    How do we improve traffic flow into and through Southport, Surfers, The Spit and Broadbeach

  6. Smith St Overpass into Molendinar from West
    There is no direct access from Smith St into the Molendinar Industrial Estate, either for heavy vehicles or pedestrian traffic from the new light rail station.

  7. Hooning & rat-running
    Better monitoring and enforcement in problem areas, Smith St Motorway and Molendinar Industrial Estate. Improved traffic management and sequencing of traffic lights across the electorate.

  8. Youth Foyer & more Crisis Accommodation
    There is a significant shortage of crisis accommodation on the Gold Coast and a real need for more supportive accommodation models for young people in crisis.

  9. Business Attraction CBD
    Need to attract large corporations and develop large plate A grade business accommodation into CBD Southport (Old hospital and other key development sites)

  10. Ridgeway Ave TAFE Future
    Local residents don’t want the site sold for property development, they would like to see the site recommissioned for community purposes or a new school.

  11. Broadwater Management
    On-going commitment to dredging and managing growing recreational and commercial use.
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