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Past consultations

Archived community consultations prior to 2013.

Thomas Drive, Chevron Island

Chevron Island was one of the first 'modern' major land developments built in the hey days of the 1950's in Surfers Paradise.

The medium density residential character of Chevron Island, its compact neighbourhood identity, its waterfront location and its proximity to Surfers Paradise and Bundall/Evandale are key local characteristics and valuable features. Chevron Island is a distinctive residential area with a village size commercial centre. It has a strong sense of local character and exhibits a robust and vibrant social mix.

Chevron Island is bisected by a busy road that currently caters for high volumes of through traffic which adversely affects the general amenity of Thomas Drive.

The Chevron Island Commercial Centre Improvement Project is centred on Thomas Drive between Anembo Street and Burra Street, as depicted in the diagram.

thomas drive upgrade

Thomas Drive Chevron Island Centre Improvement Project

Through a shared vision between Council, property owners, businesses, the development industry and the community the Centre Improvement Program aims to enhance the streetscape of the Chevron Island Commercial Centre and create a catalyst for the physical, economic and social revitalisation of the place.

In September 2008, the required majority of owners of commercial property within the levied area voted to support the project and its funding through a public-private partnership between owners and Council. Council subsequently resolved to proceed with the project.


The Chevron Island Commercial Centre project has a total budget of $1.8 million, of which $600,000 will be paid to Council as a levy through the rates system, over a ten-year period, by the owners of commercial property, commencing after construction is completed.

A Project Reference Group (PRG) of nominated members comprising of owners of commercial property and business operators in the Chevron Island Commercial Centre has been established to work closely with the CIP team to develop a Master Plan for the revitalisation of the centre.

The first PRG meeting took place in October 2008. Project updates

Original Concept design

Council's Centre Improvement Program released a concept design in 2009 depicting a very leafy and pedestrian-friendly precinct with much wider footpaths and exciting design elements which would result in a complete transformation of Thomas Drive.

Following consultation with the Project Reference Group the CIP team came up with an innovative design that would significantly change the perception of Thomas Drive, creating a wonderfully people-oriented place, without unduly impacting parking availability within the precinct.

This design would have functionally modernised the ageing business district with parking on the side of the road replacing centre parking.

Draft Master Plan

Council's Centre Improvement Program has worked with the Project Reference Group in preparing a Draft Master Plan for the revitalisation of Chevron Island’s commercial centre.

The Draft Master Plan was on public display from 2 May to 15 May 2009.

The Centre Improvement Program subsequently assessed public comment and considered their inclusion and amendment to the finalised Master Plan for Thomas Drive.

To find out more about the history of the Thomas Drive, Chevron Island Centre Improvement Project, refer to Consultation report.

New Concept Design

August 2010

Following further extensive consultation with the centre's business operators and commercial property owners a strong desire was expressed to retain centre parking in Thomas Drive, CIP developed a new design which would incorporate centre parking and aspects of the previous designs which are of most importance to the Chevron Island community.

May 2011

In response to budget cuts preventing additional funding being allocated to the project, and to reduce disruption and impact on parking in the centre, CIP presented a revised and scaled down design to the PRG in May 2011.

Thomas Drive Street View

Artist's impression of new central space to emphasise the 'heart' of Chevron Island


Construction began at the heart of the project during September 2011.

Construction updates, provided to commercial property owners and business operators in the precinct  ongoing progress of the works.

Choose Chevron

As the precinct gets a makeover the businesses are open and greatly appreciate your continued patronage and support.

Many businesses in Chevron Island are offering incentives via special vouchers distributed to nearby residents to reward customers during the construction period.

If you reside or work in the vicinity of Chevron Island please keep a lookout for your vouchers in the mail.


John Dayman
Project Leader
Phone: 07 5582 8066

Veronica Bilney
Community Liaison / Business Development Officer
Phone: 07 5582 8171
Fax: 07 5582 8009

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