Decision on Gold Coast resort development delayed until 2020

A decision on the future of a mega development on the Gold Coast that included plans for a six-star, 98-room hotel have been delayed until next year.

The proposed development in the Tallebudgera Valley on the site of a former poultry farm has been put forward by the Australian wing of Chinese developer Ridong.

A decision on the project was due this week but has been delayed until 2020 while but council officers negotiate with the developer.

“Officers have advised that a recommendation to Council will not be finalised within this time frame due to the complexity of the subject application,” Area councillor Daphne McDonald told the Gold Coast Bulletin.

“Because the application is impact assessable, there is no ability for the applicant to take a deemed approval if the application is not decided by Council within the legislated time frames.”

The council’s concerns relate to flooding and the potential impact it would have on the valley, as well as the road network and wildlife.

The development plans include a two conference centres, a luxury boutique hotel, an art gallery and museum similar to Hobart’s MONA, three restaurants, a luxury day spa and a 16ha man-made inland lake.

“The aim is to create a unique tourism destination that celebrates nature, wellness and healing,” said Ridong chairman Riyu Li.