Push for more beach bars as over 12,000 visit Gold Coast pop-up

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“We hope other local councils will consider the option of adding similar activations to their beaches, however, it will be very important to balance the environmental, community and tourism benefits for the area,” he said. .

Family-friendly summer pop-up on the Gold Coast offers free daybeds, casual dining areas, bookable VIP cabanas, kids’ play area, live music, on-site cuisine, and a range of drinks at the bar.

The idea of ​​beach bars was recently revived after the Queensland Government’s tourism industry benchmark group called for ideas to ‘rethink beach tourism’ amid a $ 12 billion blow. in 2020 as national and international border closures excluded millions of visitors during the pandemic.

“In destinations like Santorini in Greece, Cala Jondal in Ibiza and Positano in Italy, the beach is a hive of activity, a Mecca for entertainment and hospitality experiences that build on the beach experience.” , we read in his discussion paper.

“What is the Queensland beach experience that we want to be known for in the future? “

Moreton Bay Regional Council wants to join in on the action, with Mayor Peter Flannery pointing out that the area has previously hosted beach bars in Redcliffe.

“Obviously the beauty of our area is a natural calling card and the best thing is that you can stay on our beaches until the sun goes down as Redcliffe or Bribie don’t have any skyscrapers that create shade, unlike other areas, ”he said.

“The pop-up beach bars and teepees we have at the Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival are some of the event’s most popular attractions.”

Pop-up beach bars and teepees at the Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival.Credit:Moreton Bay Regional Council

Cr Flannery said temporary attractions are a big plus for tourists, giving visitors a reason to extend their stay and boosting business.

“We’re open to testing everything from beach huts and pop-up bars to water sports activities, just contact us,” he said.

Star Entertainment Group, which manages the Treasury in Brisbane and The Star on the Gold Coast and is also behind the development of Queen’s Wharf, argued in a submission to the tourism panel that regulatory barriers had prevented bars and restaurants of beach.

“Allowing meals, especially seafood barbecues at dedicated beach bars like the popular offerings available in Greece and Portugal, would create iconic experiences that would certainly attract global interest,” the submission read.

An aerial photograph of tourists playing and sunbathing on a sandy beach in Positano, Italy.

An aerial photograph of tourists playing and sunbathing on a sandy beach in Positano, Italy.Credit:Traveler

However, Dr Emma Whittlesea of ​​The Next Economy – a charity that advises on the economic transition resulting from climate change – said the Queensland beach experience was already unique.

“It would be appropriate to learn from the mistakes made in Cala Jondal and Santorini (…) because these are destinations which are losing appeal from overtourism and negative impacts on the community and the environment”, a- she declared.

“These destinations actively limit the number of tourists. “

Noosa, on the Sunshine Coast, is an extremely popular destination for New South Wales tourists, but Noosa Shire Council Acting Managing Director Larry Sengstock has remained coy about the region’s stance on beach bars. .

In a statement, he said Noosa council has a process in place to assess the merit and impacts of commercial activities on public lands, including beaches.

“The Noosa community already supports the activities managed on our beaches. Each year our county hosts a series of beach events, including commercial events, ”said Mr. Sengstock.

A proposal for a beach club in Bondi Beach, NSW sparked a backlash, with former Sydney Mayor Lucy Turnbull saying it would set a precedent for the privatization of public space.

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But its backer, Janek Gazecki, has pledged to continue pushing for the Amalfi Beach Club, despite objections from residents and NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes.

A spokesperson for the Queensland government said it was determined to support new businesses and tourism opportunities.

“Statewide development can take many forms and in a variety of different contexts,” he said.

“Approvals should be sought from relevant local authorities and state government departments before starting work. “

The Gold Coast City Council, as an administrator, is responsible for the management and maintenance of the reserve and the activities it authorizes.

If the council wanted to continue the beach club at Broadbeach, it would have to meet land law requirements before a proposal was considered by the state’s resource department.


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