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    TITANS fans will be able to live and breathe their team at a new $1.2 billion community a stone’s throw from the club’s Robina home ground. Plans for Breakwater show 2000 homes for 3700 residents and the developer hopes to start work in 2019, creating 293 construction jobs

    Massive $1.2 billion development planned for old farmland

    OLD farm land on the Robina-Merrimac floodplain will become home to a new 3700-strong residential community as part of $1.2 billion project planned after the Commonwealth Games.

    The Bulletin can reveal the Walker Corporation has submitted plans to the Gold Coast City Council for a 73 hectare master-planned community called Breakwater which it hopes to start building in 2019.

    Documents show more than 2000 townhouses and apartments will be built just west of the city’s planned Green Heart Parklands, fronting lakes northwest of the Titans’ homeground Cbus Stadium and Mudgeeraba Creek.

    The northern section of the land parcel next to the Pacific Motorway includes vegetated waterways and a large slice of parkland behind All Saints Anglican School as the developer aims to unlock 50 hectares of public open space.

    Walker Corporation Queensland general manager Peter Saba said: “Breakwater is set to deliver numerous benefits to both existing and future residents in Merrimac-Robina while addressing housing availability on the Gold Coast.

    “Projections show the city is expected to add 351,000 residents between 2011 and 2036 resulting in a requirement for 177,800 homes.”

    A Bulletin report last month detailed how land prices had increased by almost 100 per cent in 10 years as the supply shortens and population increases.

    Mr Saba said the planned increase in dwelling density was in-line with the objectives of the City Plan and the broader South East Queensland Regional Plan.

    The site has approval for 511 new houses and eight storey buildings The developer plans to keep to that height level and build above the flood levels.

    “It makes sense to provide new housing near existing infrastructure in established, employment-rich areas like Robina where people can live, work, study and socialise within their neighbourhood instead of moving to ‘fringe’ suburbs with a lack of infrastructure and facilities,” he said.

    “We have thought carefully about the mix of housing to be included in Breakwater with a view to creating a diverse and inclusive community suitable for people at all stages of life.

    “The value for existing residents is in the new transport network which will encourage use of the train station less than one kilometre away, and new pedestrian links supported by two new roads connecting to education, health, sporting and lifestyle amenities.”

    Much of the Breakwater site is on highly modified agricultural land which will require the developer to rehabilitate the area with native plants.

    The Walker Corporation on its Breakwater website says the project will:

    • Directly contribute a $1.2 billion boost to the state economy post 2018 Commonwealth Games and indirectly provide $1.8 billion when flow-on effects are included.

    • Save the Government $120 million on infrastructure that it would have to spend building new greenfield suburbs.

    • Create an average 293 jobs while it’s being built.

    • Reduce flooding on adjoining low lying land including school playing fields and council parklands along with improving residential access to public reserves to the north and south of the site

    “New neighbourhoods, residential buildings and roads will be built above the designated flood levels with flood and storm water to be directed into channels and through the site,” Mr Saba said.

    “An important benefit of the project is that Robina Hospital will be accessible through Breakwater and to the Mudgeeraba M1 interchange under more severe flood conditions than Robina Town Centre Drive currently permits.”

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    Should look good once it's under a couple of metres of water. It's possibly the lowest part of the Coast (inland nearest to sea level).

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    Tom Tate should make a condition of this development that they build a Leagues Club (nothing too outrageous-just the size of say your standard GC Tavern) as part of this development to be leased to the GC Titans for $1 a year for 99 years. Otherwise u get nothing.

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    Building on a floodplain. Smart.

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    Going to need some serious drainage works.

    I also note this "developer to rehabilitate the area with native plants". Let's hope this developer isn't like what Stockland has done on the Sunshine Coast, as they usually forget to stick to this plan of recreating native habitat with local species.

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    What isn't built on a floodplain? Hope Island was a swamp, most of Mudgeeraba and Robina, Merrimac. It's the Gold Coast, build it, wind the company up and move onto the next project.

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    Huge task to defeat floods

    DEVELOPERS will dig holes big enough to swallow half the Melbourne Cricket Ground to flood-proof a $1.2 billion residential estate planned on the Gold Coast floodplain.

    The pits will become picturesque lakes but will not be completely filled with water to protect luxury apartments during an extreme flood event.

    Planning documents lodged with the council show four lakes will be built on the 73-hectare masterplanned community just south of the Titans’ home ground at Cbus Stadium, Robina.

    Developer Breakwater said precincts would be constructed on “building platforms” raised above the Q100 Nerang River flood level to reduce the height of floodwaters on adjoining land.

    “Platforms will be created by using approximately 800,000 cubic metres of earth,” a spokesman said. “This is based on a cut-fill balance within the site to create new lakes and channels.

    “Breakwater’s new lakes will not be completely full of water, leaving additional flood storage capacity during the higher frequency but lower Q2, Q5 Q10 and Q50 flood events and some additional capacity during the Q100 event.

    “This additional capacity will reduce the height of floodwaters on adjoining land.”

    The MCG has an internal volume of 1.7 million cubic metres, and the 800,000 cubic metre dig for each platform to create the homes for 3700 residents illustrates the massive earthworks program.

    “Floodwater will pass through the Breakwater site in new channels and will leave the site via existing bridges and culverts under the rail line,” the spokesman added.

    “The channels will be incorporated into flood lands and landscaping and will only carry water during storm or flood events.”

    The developer said similar approaches were used in Sage at Merrimac, Emerald Lakes and Robina Riverwalk.

    The lake system will be connected to wetlands and a treatment plant is needed to maintain the quality of the stormwater discharged into it.

    Ownership of the finished parklands and lakes would be given to the council so the areas could be used by the public.

    “However, the responsibility for maintaining water quality to a high standard will stay with (the developer), and then the body corporates for each privately owned building.

    “In the past, lakes have been dedicated to council creating a maintenance burden on the whole community, or have been kept in private ownership, creating gated communities where only the residents enjoy the lakes.

    “Our approach ... will solve these two problems by opening the parkland and lakes to the public while not burdening council with the cost of maintaining lake water quality.”

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