Integrated resort development next to Dreamworld to go ahead sooner than expected

Plans for a giant $500 million three-tower “integrated resort development” next to Dreamworld are moving ahead faster than expected after a revamped development application was submitted to the council.

First proposed nearly four years ago, the Coomera Masterplan project has cut the number of hotel rooms in the complex from 300 to 225 after a battle in the Planning and Environment Court to secure approval.

If approved by council, developer Gordon Corp plans to begin construction of the 10-storey first tower in 2020. A 400sqm ballroom, 130-seat all-day dining area and 40-seat pool bar and “generous lagoon-style” swimming pool with two spas are among the features planned for the hotel.

A report to council stated that the architect determined it was not possible to fit a minimum of 300 resort hotel suites within the 10-storey building height limit whist also providing all the ancillary facilities.

“It is fully understood that council would not entertain additional building height for the site and it is understood this is required to be a resort hotel providing a high-level of tourist facilities,” the report said.

“The 300 resort hotel suites was a number generated by council during negotiations to settle the appeal.

“This reduction (of room numbers) allows the future project team to move forward with (an application) for all three stages.”