Fate of $600m Sunland project in the hands of councillors as backers launch charm offensive

Sunland unveils proposal for $600m residential and cultural precinct at Mariner’s Cove.

THE developer behind the $600 million plans to redevelop the Mariner’s Cove site has launched a charm offensive to win over city councillors.

Sunland bosses, led by executive chairman Soheil Abedian have begun meeting city leaders in a bid to secure the necessary votes to gain the project approval when it goes before the city planning committee in coming months.

The Bulletin understands some councillors hold concerns about the 44-storey twin towers which, if approved, would defy the existing three-level limit now in place.

Artist’s impressions of Sunland’s proposed $600m residential and cultural precinct at Mariner’s Cove.

Despite these fears, it is expected a majority of councillors will vote in support of the development, which will including a world-class private cultural precinct, 370 apartments and 69-suite boutique hotel.

Pro-development Broadbeach councillor Paul Taylor met Dr Abedian last week and was impressed by what he saw.

“I think it looks fabulous and personally I would back it all the way because it would be an icon and landmark for the city,” he said. “There is a concern about the height of the towers and how this will work out but when I spoke to Soheil, he said ‘I am 66 years old and want to create something like the Sydney Opera House or Eiffel Tower’.

“We will give it full consideration when it goes before the committee but it has my vote.”

Sunland filed a development application with the Gold Coast City Council six weeks ago after years of planning. It is one of two major developments earmarked for the area, with Chinese billionaire Tony Fung also announcing plans for a casino and integrated resort at the Sheraton Mirage.

It is understood that ASF Consortium has also eyed off land at the southern end of The Spit for its casino project.

While Mr Fung’s project would likely require a State Government “call-in”, the Sunland project will be in council’s hands. Area councillor Lex Bell met company representatives last week and said he would be guided by constituents.

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