It is an exciting time to be part of the Robina community, with two transformational projects just announced that are set to signal the next wave of major growth for the area.

Gold Coast City Council is moving forward with its Central Park project, formerly known as Green Heart, which will create a massive 17 hectare, world-class parkland at the heart of the city, along with revisiting a new light rail connection between Robina and the coastline.

With Council busy master planning the first stage of Central Park and set to consider its light rail options next month, we recently chatted to Division 11 Councillor, Hermann Vorster, about what these two exciting projects mean for residents of Robina and the wider Gold Coast City.

Central Park Gold Coast

“The first stage of the massive Central Park project – Robina City Parklands – will be a fantastic asset for Robina residents and is set to become a significant destination parkland for the entire  Gold Coast,” said Cr Vorster.

“It will deliver a recreational space that is quite literally at the heart of the city, ensuring residents of Robina and surrounding areas have access to a high level of amenity at their doorstep.

“In keeping with the needs of our community now and well into the future, we will create significant open space as well as sought-after infrastructure, such as playgrounds.”

Cr Vorster said residents can expect an abundance of green spaces, with particular attention paid to the natural beauty, flora and fauna of the community.

“Our vision is to create a natural environment for all to enjoy, alongside rapidly developing suburbs, so people can continue to experience the fantastic lifestyle that has brought them here,” he said.

“The community can expect fields, walking tracks, picturesque wetlands and fishing platforms, so the whole family can kayak all the way to Mudgeeraba Creek.

“There will be spectacular and challenging playgrounds for the children, as well as space for them to kick a ball around. A lot of attention has been paid to accessibility, so no one has to miss out.

“It is really important to me that we remain connected to the natural environment, so we have arranged to plant a total of 25,000 trees at Robina City Parklands, with a volunteer army set to plant the first 10,000 this month.”

Light rail

Cr Vorster said plans for future stages of the light rail, which would build on the significant investment made by Council and Government in creating a world-class public transport network on the Gold Coast, were being discussed.

“There is an appetite to bring light rail west and we need to ensure we get that connection right from a planning point of view, social point of view and economic point of view,” he said.

“The City Infrastructure Committee recently recommended we revisit the possible west-bound light rail connection as part of the city’s public transport plan and this will be considered by Council in November.

“This should provide residents with some clarity around possible future routes that could bring the light rail west, and will give them an opportunity to provide input into what makes the most sense for their community.

“From a personal point of view, I support a light rail route that services areas where we have density, parking shortages and where residents have supported public transport – so we can extend the current network west with the least amount of disruption.

“Another exciting prospect of bringing light rail west is connecting Griffith University, Bond University and Southern Cross University, which would give the Gold Coast an opportunity to create a knowledge triangle and education footprint on a scale that does not exist anywhere else in Australia.”

There is currently over a billion worth of investment underway in the Robina community by several stakeholders.   Major Robina projects include upgrades to Robina Town Centre, Robina Automall, the brand new Home + Life showroom precinct and residential communities Botanique and Vue Terrace Homes.

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