City beach bar trial gets green light

Published on 13 October 2021

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The City is pushing ahead with a beach bar trial with Council today voting to tender for a limited trial between December 2021-January 2022.

“We have to have a crack,’’ said Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.

“To get this underway, we have identified our existing Kurrawa Terrace infrastructure as ideal for this limited trial. This location provides a purpose-built beachfront event site which includes a hard stand area and has access to power, water and LED feature lighting.

“The site was successfully used for the Commonwealth House and Gold Coast Media Centre for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.’’

Mayor Tate said he believed the trial could follow a similar design as Adelaide’s popular Moseley Beach Club at Glenelg.

The beach club could feature:

  • a licenced bar and kitchen (onsite drinks and food service)
  • live music and entertainment (subject to reasonable closing hours and public amenity)
  • free and ticketed community events / experiences
  • family friendly activities
  • kids’ activities plus low impact exercise and wellbeing classes such as yoga, tai chi and meditation, public art and other cultural experiences; and
  • beach equipment such as sun lounges, day beds and beach umbrellas.

Key aspects of the tender will include: an open tender process; applications invited from 

suitably experienced Gold Coast (local) commercial operators; applicants to submit a concept plan and demonstrate their experience in successfully delivering and managing events/activations; and proof of local employment opportunities.’’

The City will waive all standard City of Gold Coast fees associated with the use of the Kurrawa Terrace space during the trial period.

“Council has agreed the trial will be during December 2021 and January 2022 with opening hours determined through the application process,’’ said Mayor Tate.

The Mayor said as part of the trial, the City will collect community feedback.

“This will inform Council regarding any future beach club opportunities and possible benefits to the city.  Data collected could include a breakdown of attendee details, suggestions and complaints. The successful applicant will provide a report outlining the outcomes of their commercial operation.’’

“I am today writing to the State Government seeking their support as well as any advice to be provided,’’ he said.

“The tender will be issued next week so hopefully, the successful operator will be ready for an early December 2021 launch.’’

*Relevant Local Laws:

  1. designated as a Council endorsed activity for the purposes of Local Law No. 9 (Parks and Reserves) 2008; and
  1. authorised as a permitted business, being a temporary business between 1 December 2021 and 31 January 2022, for the purposes of Local Law No. 10 (Bathing Reserves) 2008.