Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

THE $2 bil­lion in­vest­ment into the city’s econ­omy by de­vel­oper Wil­liam O’Dwyer is a shot in the arm for the city in the postGames era.

The Gold Coast was built on de­vel­op­ment and the com­ple­tion of any project is al­ways wel­come.

With the first tower of the Ruby Col­lec­tion open­ing just five weeks from now, the news to­day that con­struc­tion will be­gin next year on tow­ers two and three of an even­tual four is wel­come news.

The Gold Coast mar­ket has seen plenty of people who are all talk and big plans but when it comes to putting shov­els into the ground they are nowhere to be seen.

Plainly, this could not be fur­ther from the truth when it comes to this Surfers Par­adise project.

This in­vest­ment has al­ready seen one high-rise come out of the ground and by the time it com­pleted four years from now it will have cre­ated 5000 jobs in build­ing and a fur­ther 1100 per­ma­nent po­si­tions.

The scale of Mr O’Dwyer’s im­mense wealth makes it clear he could have in­vested any­where in the world but he chose the Gold Coast. This project will be a great cat­alytic de­vel­op­ment for the city which will rein­vig­o­rate north­ern Surfers Par­adise.

It is these sort of people who cre­ate true lega­cies for the Gold Coast and through these ac­tions, Mr O’Dwyer has shown to be ev­ery bit the leader as our politi­cians.

Right now the only project which matches it in scale, vi­sion, am­bi­tion and faith in the city and its econ­omy is The Star’s $3 bil­lion mas­ter­plan. We need more of this big-pic­ture think­ing.

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