Thumbs down for proposed MONA style development on the Gold Coast

A mega development on the Gold Coast is unlikely to go ahead after Council officers recommended it be rejected.

Chinese developer Ridong Group’s proposed Tallebudgera Wellness and Tourism Gardens project was set across 47.5 hectares and included a six-star, 98-room hotel that would include a five-storey building and the property’s existing mansion, a four-storey 14,885sqm art gallery housing contemporary European art and sculptures, a 100-seat theatre and an entertainment lounge.

But Council officers have recommended the committee reject the project in a 400-page report.

Among the main reasons for the rejection include concern the “scale, form and intensity of the development does not integrate with the local area, scenic amenity and the landscape character”.

The height of the buildings was also deemed “unacceptable”, with the Council officers stating that the project was “not a sound planning outcome”.

“It picked up many of my concerns as well as those of residents but this recommendation must now be ratified by the committee and full council,” Area councillor Daphne McDonald told the Gold Coast Bulletin.

“This project is way out of whack with this area and I know there were concerns not just from myself but from people everywhere.

“If it was to be approved it would open the gates to other developments.”