New beachfront event space a step closer9 February 2016
Work has begun on the Gold Coast’s first fully serviced beachfront event space at Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach.
City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said Kurrawa Terrace was a much anticipated boutique new space designed to provide that quintessential ‘sand between the toes’ experience at a distinctly Gold Coast event.
“You can’t get any closer to the beach. It will be a highly sought after space for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) as the city is propelled onto the international stage in 2018 but beyond for surf, tourism and business events. It will also be a valuable community asset, catering for activities like large yoga classes,” he said.
“Kurrawa Terrace will be launched when the city hosts Australia’s premier tourism travel trade event (Australian Tourism Exchange) between 15 and 19 May. The event will host more than 2000 delegates and inject an immediate $10 million into the local economy.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Gold Coast Tourism Martin Winter welcomed the City’s creation of the Terrace.
“Gold Coast Tourism congratulates the City of Gold Coast on this significant investment in the Kurrawa Terrace. The opportunities it provides for Gold Coast Business Events will prove an enormous benefit to our City and the facility will no doubt pay for itself many times over in the coming years,” he said.
The Kurrawa Terrace is funded by the City of Gold Coast and the State Government as a Commonwealth Games Legacy project. It is also a key action of the Gold Coast Destination Tourism Management Plan, to develop staging and events infrastructure for unique events in iconic beach locations, leveraging the city’s $306 million tourism and business event industry.
Situated at the northern end of the Robert Gatenby Boardwalk, the terrace and adjacent level beach will have capacity for up to 1000 people standing or 500 at a formal sit-down event.
Construction works will include relocation of the beach volleyball courts to the south and realignment of the Oceanway, requiring a short-term diversion for cyclists and pedestrians. These works are not expected to dramatically impact regular Oceanway users.
Pedestrian access to the beach will be improved with a gentle slope from Robert Gatenby Boardwalk and include integrated seating and coastal shade trees such as Pandanus.