18 December 2015 -
After a period of low
profile activity, I am delighted to re-confirm that the
IMETT Project at Norwell is very much alive, and that
the IMETT management team has continued working quietly
behind the scenes to progress the Project.
This has been achieved despite a very
challenging year that started with an early state
election in Queensland.
This resulted in a change of government, and the
need to allow time for the new government to settle in.
This meant the IMETT management team
had to work harder in presenting the Project but
fortunately a stable management team, long term
consistency, bold concepts and the high quality
documentation that underpinned the IMETT Project made
the task easier. The quality of the IMETT research, data
base and documentation was best demonstrated through a
series of industry reports that were developed
internally, and made freely available to the wider
community for download via the IMETT website on a
progressive basis following their various release dates
in 2012 and 2013.
It soon became very clear there was a
dearth of detailed information and comment in the
marketplace, with some 7,000 downloads of the IMETT
reports being recorded to the end of November.
In addition, those IMETT industry reports have
subsequently been referred to as the source of reference
for a number of external media print articles and
feature stories across Australia.
These moments have confirmed that the IMETT Project is
cutting edge, and that IMETT has emerged as an industry
leader, despite the delay in “breaking ground”.
There is no doubt the IMETT Project
is a good news story.
Apart from the more obvious vote of confidence in the
long term Queensland economy from the significant
financial investment in the IMETT Project, the community
(Australian, Queensland and Gold Coast) will benefit
enormously from the creation of more than 2,000 jobs
during the construction phase, 5,000 new jobs in the
operational phase, the development of new community
infrastructure, the development of new world-class
tourism and motorsport infrastructure, the establishment
of major events, and educational facilities.
The development of any major project, however, is
complex and the negotiation of project funding and the
necessary international partnerships can take many years
to achieve. The flagship IMETT Project is no different,
but we have been encouraged by the enthusiasm and
support of our various partners.
IMETT is looking forward to 2016 and telling more of the
the meantime, I would like to take this opportunity on
behalf of the IMETT team to wish our readers and
supporters all the very best for a very Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year.
23 July 2014 - IMETT Welcomes Draft
Gold Coast City Plan 2015
IMETT Group has welcomed the release of the draft Gold
Coast City Plan 2015, and its plans to investigate the
suitability of an area within the city’s agricultural
cane lands for use as a tourism related adrenalin
A number of motorsport facilities
already operate within the cane lands area, including
the Holden Performance Driving Centre, the Offroad Rush
Experience, the WRX Experience and a Kart track.
IMETT has also proposed the
development of an international standard motorsport
precinct within the cane lands that will include a world
class motor racing circuit that could co-exist with
those established facilities.
In addition, the IMETT Project could also provide
a home for the community motorsport clubs that have
struggled to find a permanent home on the Gold Coast
over recent years.
A permanent motor racing circuit in
the cane fields would also allow the existing motorsport
industry cluster at Yatala to take the next step and
grow into a world class centre offering high technology
employment and increased export opportunities.
Arrangements for the purchase of
suitable cane land for the IMETT Project is well
advanced and, given the current poor prospects and
concern for the economic viability of the sugar industry
in the district, IMETT has agreed to continue its
support of the existing sugar industry during the
IMETT Group’s continuing commitment
to the development of its flagship project at Norwell,
and the effective underwriting of the area’s land
values, has already enabled many sugar farmers to remain
in the industry longer than may have otherwise been the
situation, however the need to plan for change is
IMETT Group hopes to release more information about the
IMETT Project later this year.
See the article in todays
Gold Coast Bulletin - Adrenalin
Park Plans for Cane Fields
19 May 2014 - IMETT
Mourns the Passing of Sir Jack Brabham
IMETT Group is sad to learn of the
passing of Sir Jack Brabham at his home on the Gold
Coast earlier today.
Sir Jack was the first Australian to
win the Formula One World Driver’s Championship, and the
first driver to win a World Driver’s Championship in a
car bearing his name.
In doing so, he inspired Australians
from all walks of life to proudly walk on the world
motorsport stage, competing with the very best whether
it was as a driver, designer, technician, administrator
Motorsport organisations in
Australia, such as IMETT Group, can trace their origins
back to the high standards and fine example set by Sir
Jack Brabham, and he leaves a wonderful legacy for
motorsport in this country.
IMETT Group extends its condolences
to his wife, Lady Margaret, sons Geoff, Gary and David,
and grandsons Matthew, Sam, Jason and Finn.
25 October 2013 - Channel Seven
Flashback Segment to Feature IMETT Project
The IMETT Project will be included in
the weekly Flashback segment on the 6.00pm news on
Channel Seven in Brisbane this Sunday 27th
October 2013. This week’s flashback
will feature a story on the defunct Bullens’ Lions Park
at Yatala, as well as the defunct Darlington Park
Raceway, before updating the progress with the IMETT
Project at Norwell on the northern Gold Coast.
4 June 2013 - Community Motorsport is
Important to the Gold Coast
For more than a century, community motorsport has
played an essential role in binding both rural and urban
Community motorsport clubs generally developed their
own motorsport infrastructure and facilities, often with
volunteer labour and the donation of equipment and
services from the community in which they live.
Unlike many other community sporting clubs and
associations, community motorsport clubs also maintained
their motorsport facilities at minimal cost to the
broader community or to local government.
Community motorsport contributes significantly to the
community in many ways, especially by providing an
This factor is often underappreciated because it
usually involves everyday families and individuals
getting on with life without any fuss.
Whilst they quietly enjoy their motorsport, they are
spending valuable dollars in the local community
purchasing new or second hand karts or motocross bikes,
protective race clothing, specialised racing parts and
equipment, trailers to transport their racing equipment,
fuels and oils for their racing machinery, and food and
drink at the track or on the way home from race
meetings, amongst others.
This direct expenditure is then re-circulated in the
community to create further indirect expenditure, with
the multiple establishing the economic impact.
There is no doubt that the flow on from the Council’s
decision to close the Reedy Creek Motocross Circuit, and
to restrict the operations of the Gold Coast Motocross
Club, the Albert & District Motorcycle Club, and the
Mike Hatcher Junior Motorcycle Club has had a
significant financial impact on the many small
businesses that serviced the participants and
competitors who were members of the various community
Unfortunately there are no official measures to
record the true impact.
The available anecdotal evidence, however, has
suggested the economic impact to Gold Coast businesses
conservatively represented a loss of between $15 million
and $20 million per annum.
Community motorsport clubs and infrastructure also
play an important role in the development of responsible
drivers and riders.
Community motorsport on the Gold Coast has been the
starting point for a number of motorsport World
Champions and other successful motorsport competitors
who have distinguished themselves at the highest levels
Well-structured community motorsport clubs offer
entry level opportunities for young drivers and riders
that encourage a responsible approach to driver and
rider education and training at an early age.
It is often a factor that is forgotten by
individuals, communities, and elected representatives in
their desire to remove community motorsport clubs from
long standing facilities due to the encroachment of
Community motorsport provides a venue for young
drivers and riders to develop the cognitive,
motivational, attitudinal and perceptual factors that
influence driver and rider judgement, risk assessment
and decision making in a controlled environment and
IMETT has long expressed an interest in working with
Gold Coast based community motorsport clubs with a view
to having interested clubs co-locate to the IMETT
This could include motocross, karting, speedway,
and car clubs involved in gymkhana activities.
IMETT has also offered to work with community
motorsport clubs to acquire suitable land, and to assist
in the development of appropriate motorsport
infrastructure for those clubs.
IMETT is proud to re-confirm its support for the
community motorsport sector, and urges the Gold Coast
City Council to consider all of the potential options
for bringing senior participation in community
motorsport back to the Gold Coast
17 May 2013 - IMETT Project to Expand
Queensland's Capability in Driver Education
Driver Education and Training is an
essential part of the process that allows a driver or
rider to operate a motor vehicle on public roads.
It has evolved over a century of
motoring into a structured process whereby novice
drivers and riders gain a graduated licence that
reflects contemporary thinking based on experience.
Despite this process, the driver and
rider education programme has suffered from the lack of
a comprehensive network of high quality driver and rider
education and training centres that offer a variety of
road conditions and learning environments.
Queensland is home to two of the
better driver education and training centres in
Australia however the state’s population has almost
doubled since the most recent centre opened in 1991.
Since that time, community
expectation has also increased as improved levels of car
safety equipment and improved road construction and
design have resulted in a significant reduction in the
number of fatal road crashes.
Statistics show that 17-24 year olds
in Queensland are over represented in road crashes, and
that this age group have a higher level of driving risk
than more experienced drivers.
Unfortunately driving experience
takes time to acquire. However
additional purpose built driver and rider education
centres, complemented by appropriate education and
training programmes, would enable young drivers and
riders to improve their level of skills more quickly.
IMETT Group has proposed
incorporating a high quality driver education and
training facility as part of its flagship IMETT Project
at Norwell, a facility that will be based on the world’s
More importantly it will expand the
opportunities available to a wider number of young
drivers and riders than is currently possible through
the current facilities.
As such, the proposed new IMETT Driver Education
facilities will complement the existing driver training
facilities at Mount Cotton and the Performance Driving
In addition, IMETT recognises the
important role of community motorsport and social
programmes such as the Blue Light Drags programmes as
part of the education and training process for young
drivers and riders.
Accordingly IMETT will work with
community motorsport clubs on the Gold Coast to
co-locate to the IMETT precinct where their good work in
educating and training young competitors can be
Similarly, IMETT will work with the
Queensland Police and other community based
organisations and individuals to introduce the IMETT
Drive Safe programme for young drivers and riders.
This programme will build on the past successes
of the Blue Light Drag programmes operated by various
Police Forces around Australia to provide a social
aspect to driver and rider education and training.
IMETT Group has documented these
initiatives in a new report, Driver Education Report
2013, which may be downloaded now from the IMETT
5 May 2013 -
IMETT Project Master Plan
The IMETT Christmas Newsletter issued
on 20th December 2012 provided an update on
the flagship IMETT Project at Norwell.
That newsletter also advised that IMETT hoped to
be able to present the Master Plan in March/April 2013.
It is now appropriate, therefore, to
provide a further update.
In late 2012 and early 2013, IMETT
Group was referred to a number of highly regarded
international organisations keen to explore potential
commercial opportunities as part of the IMETT Project.
During subsequent discussions, IMETT
became aware a number of these opportunities had the
potential to impact significantly on the Master Plan
Accordingly, IMETT took the decision
to wait until those discussions had progressed to the
point where a decision could be made whether or not to
incorporate those opportunities.
As previously advised, FORREC Limited
of Toronto, Canada will lead the Master Planning for the
IMETT Project, as well as the Master Planning for the
IMETT theme park, whilst Tilke GmbH of Aachen, Germany
will lead the Master Planning for the motorsport
Entertainment and Culture Advisors of
Beverly Hills, USA is the world’s leading company in
providing economic assessments on major leisure
projects, as well as for capacity planning for theme
ECA will work with FORREC to provide the
technical reports necessary to support the Master
In addition, IMETT has conducted a
number of meetings with its Australian based consultants
regarding the Master Planning process.
Cardno HRP’s Gold Coast office will
provide the Town Planning advice in support of the
Master Planning, and will co-ordinate the various
planning requirements and technical assessments that
will be provided by the preferred Gold Coast and
Brisbane based consultants.
We are now almost at the end of that
process and additional meetings in the coming fortnight
should finalise the strategy.
10 April 2013 -
IMETT Industry Reports
Have Been A Hit Worldwide
The IMETT Project has captured the
interest of the world, with the IMETT website being
regularly accessed by motorsport and theme park
enthusiasts in a wide variety of countries on all
continents, with the exception of Antarctica.
The number of unique visitors to
IMETT’s website has also dramatically increased since
Christmas 2012 when IMETT progressively uploaded three
of the company’s internal research reports.
The level of interest in IMETT’s
quality documentation has been amazing.
To the week ending 07th
April 2013, a total of 1,005 reports had been
downloaded, comprising 445 copies of the Queensland
Motorsport Industry 2012 Reports, 315 copies of the
South East Queensland Theme Park Industry 2012 Reports,
and 245 copies of the Rocky Point Sugar Industry 2012
In addition, a further 369
copies of the IMETT Community Information Brochure 2010
had also been downloaded in the same timeframe.
Considering that IMETT had not
actively promoted the availability of those reports
other than an advice to IMETT’s Friends of Facebook, it
confirms the eyes of the world are on the IMETT Project.
This bodes well for the Gold Coast motorsport and
tourism industries that stand to be major winners from
the many benefits the IMETT Project will bring to the
15 January 2013 - IMETT Project
Offers Transition Plan for Sugar Growers
The sugar industry on the Gold
Coast is in decline with falling production, ageing
farmers and increasing costs impacting on future plans.
Despite ongoing structural and
financial support from all sectors of government
(Commonwealth, State and local) over the past two
decades, overall production is down some 39% and current
production is well below the stated industry levels of
290,000 tonnes required for commercial viability.
The IMETT Project has however
already provided serious support for the sugar growers
since 2006 by offering a floor price for sugar cane land
that is substantially above market value, with all
farmers benefiting from the IMETT offer, not just those
selling to IMETT.
In addition, the IMETT Project has
provided a transition plan for the farmers to exit the
industry as was recommended by the Regional Advisory
Group (South) in their “Report Into the Reform of the
Sugar Industry in the South Region” issued in August
2005. This report also noted a five year timeframe of
continued production over the next five years
(2005-2009) was consistent with the planning
restrictions for the district.
The report was developed on behalf of
the Commonwealth Government, and amongst its seven
member panel was the current Rocky Point Mill owner, Mr
Some eight years later the only positive opportunity
facing sugar cane farmers is the IMETT Project. The
IMETT transition plan provides for higher land prices
that will provide security for banks and the retirement
plans for farmers, the possibility of part time or full
time employment for those currently employed in the
sugar industry, a realistic opportunity for extending
the life of the current industry beyond its “current use
by date” for those wishing to maintain sugar cane
farming, and dignity for all.All of this without any
December 2012 -
Gold Coast Would Benefit from a New Theme Park
The Gold Coast tourism industry would
benefit significantly from the development of a new
theme park on the Gold Coast.
The total visitor numbers to the Gold
Coast has remained static over the past decade according
to Tourism Queensland statistics, and research has
demonstrated that an increase in visitor numbers could
be achieved through the development of a new theme park.
The opening of the Whitewater World
water park by Ardent Leisure in December 2006 resulted
in the overall water park attendances on the Gold Coast
doubling in less than 3 years.
This was due to the existing water park operator
developing new attractions to meet the challenge of new
competition, as well as a significantly larger marketing
budget from having two operators compete in the market.
The IMETT Group has proposed the
development of a new theme park on the Gold Coast, and
the company today released an internal SEQ Theme Park
Industry Report that offered an insight into the current
status of the local theme park industry, and a strategy
to compete against the new generation of much larger and
brand name theme parks in the Asian region.
A copy of the IMETT report, SEQ Theme Park Industry
Report 2012, can be downloaded from the IMETT website
under the download tab.
December 2012 - Christmas
The IMETT Project, proposed for
Norwell on the northern Gold Coast region, is now back
firmly on the agenda.
Following the decisive result in the
Queensland State Election in March that resulted in a
change of government, IMETT allowed time for the new
government to settle in before initiating new talks with
the Co-ordinator General.
In addition, IMETT met with the new Mayor of the
Gold Coast and received a positive response to the
proposed IMETT Project.
As a result, IMETT has been offered a
number of options to progress the planning approvals
process, and the Board is currently considering those
IMETT was also heartened by the
positive community support that followed a series of
news stories in the Gold Coast Sun community newspaper,
and it was encouraging that all of the published Letters
to the Editor were in favour of the project proceeding.
IMETT was not surprised by this result as this
level of community support had been consistent over the
six year period since the Queensland Government first
suggested the Norwell location in May 2006.
More importantly, the IMETT Project
has continued to attract substantial support from around
the world, with an increasing number of “blue chip”
project partners and co-locaters that are leaders in
their fields of endeavour seeking out IMETT to propose
some exciting opportunities.
There is no doubt that the IMETT
Project has quite rightly been recognised as one of the
world’s more exciting integrated developments, for which
there is no precedent in Australia.
To ensure the IMETT project is world
class, IMETT has engaged the leading Canadian company,
Forrec Ltd, to develop the Master Plan for the IMETT
precinct, as well as the Master Plan for the IMETT theme
Forrec is widely recognised as being the world’s most
pre-eminent designer of themed precincts and theme
parks, and is looking forward to working with IMETT in
developing the IMETT Project.
In addition, IMETT has engaged the
leading German company, Tilke GmbH, to develop the
Master Plan for the international standard motor racing
Tilke has designed the majority of the current
FIA Formula One Grand Prix circuits, and well as a
number of other motor racing circuits that, in total,
number more than 60 worldwide.
Tilke has been working with IMETT since 2004, and
is looking to add Australia to its international atlas
of countries where it has developed exciting new
IMETT is expecting to be able to
present these Master Plans for community consideration
in March/April 2013.
I am confident the community will be just as
excited by the results as we are to present them.
Local consultants will also play their
part in developing the Master Planning for the IMETT
precinct, including the majority of those who developed
the various reports that formed part of the IMETT
Environmental Impact Statement in 2010.
These will be the first of many jobs that will be
created by the IMETT project.
In fact, the IMETT Project is expected
to create some 2,000 new jobs during the construction
phase, and a further 5,000 new jobs during the ongoing
This will make the IMETT Project the Gold Coast’s
largest single new job creation project and, given the
levels of unemployment on the Gold Coast, those IMETT
jobs will offer timely relief for local families.
IMETT anticipates being able to accept
employment applications online, via the IMETT website,
during the second quarter of 2013.
In the meantime, and on behalf of the
entire IMETT team, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and
a Happy New Year.
December 2012 - IMETT Queensland Motor Industry Report
The economic impact of the motorsport
industry to Queensland has been found to be very
significant, according to a research recently conducted
by IMETT Group.
It was estimated that the motorsport
industry in Queensland had an annual turnover of $320
million, employed approx. 3,500 people, and had an
estimated $430 million invested in motorsport
infrastructure and competition cars and motorcycles in
It was also estimated that one quarter
of all Queenslanders had attended a motorsport event in
the previous year, either as a competitor, pit crew,
race official, or as a spectator.
The motorsport industry is significant
to the Queensland economy, and its potential for high
technology transfer and development has the ability to
strengthen and diversify the state’s economy into the
The IMETT Group has proposed the
development of an international standard motor racing
circuit on the Gold Coast, and has engaged the highly
respected German company, Tilke GmbH, to design the
Tilke have designed the majority
of the world’s leading FIA Formula One Grand Prix
of the IMETT report, Queensland Motorsport Industry
Report 2012, can be downloaded from the IMETT website
under the download tab.
October 2012 -
IMETT Project "back on the grid"
IMETT Group Managing Director, Mr Ron Brown, confirms
the proposed IMETT Project at
Norwell on the northern Gold Coast is “back on the
grid”, as reported in the Gold Coast Sun
newspaper (Wednesday 10th October 2012).
The story, quoting local Councillor and Deputy Mayor
Donna Gates, noted the IMETT Project is
“definitely back on the agenda and up for discussion,
following a recent approach to the mayor’s
IMETT senior management have met with the Queensland Co-ordinator
General, as well as the
Mayor of the Gold Coast, to confirm their interest and
to explore the most appropriate means to
through the approvals process.
Both parties have presented a range of options that are
currently being assessed by IMETT senior management,
will also be meeting with representatives of the Gold
Coast City Council’s Planning sub-committee in
the coming week as the next step
in the process. Cr
Gates is a member of that sub-committee.
September 2012 -
Project Presented to Key Decision Makers
The IMETT Project has been “front and
centre” on the agenda of the key decision makers in
South East Queensland over recent times.
With the Queensland economy still in a
re-building phase after a series of natural disasters in
2011, major projects such as the IMETT Project represent
a critical “vote of confidence” in the long term future
of Queensland in general, and the Gold Coast in
IMETT has met with the Co-ordinator
General, the Mayor of the Gold Coast, local State and
Federal politicians, and key business leaders as part of
the approvals process.
The IMETT Project has been well received and, as a
result, IMETT management is considering a range of
options for having the project approved.
2012 - IMETT Has Re-started Approvals Process
Following the recent Queensland State Election, and the
subsequent change of government, IMETT waited a little
while for the new government to settle in before
re-presenting the IMETT Project at Norwell.
IMETT has now re-started the process,
and hopefully this application will be approved by the
The IMETT Project represents a private sector investment
estimated at some $830 million, the creation of 2,000
new jobs in the construction industry and a further
5,000 new jobs in ongoing operations, the boost to the
Gold Coast tourism industry arising from a new
international standard motor racing circuit (and
international and national motorsport events every
month) as well as a new theme park, and an educational
Early approval of the IMETT Project could see
construction commence as early as 2013.
Christmas Message from IMETT
2011 has been an interesting year, and I would like to
take this opportunity to provide our readers with an
update on what has been happening at IMETT.
am pleased to advise IMETT is still active, and the
IMETT Project is very much alive!
Whilst the announcement by the
Queensland Co-ordinator General in December 2010 was
disappointing, IMETT recognised that there were many
within Government who understood the strategic
significance of the IMETT Project, and the very positive
benefits for the broader community.
As a result IMETT initiated a series
of meetings with senior government Ministers and
Officials during the first half of the year to
re-confirm the interest of government, and to determine
the level of interest in receiving a new submission.
IMETT was very encouraged by both the welcome, as well
as the verbal and written requests to re-submit the
To this extent IMETT has been quietly
working to refine and develop elements of the IMETT
business model, as well as the Precinct Master Plan, in
preparation for a possible new submission.
At the same time, IMETT had already
assembled a world class management group in late 2010 in
expectation of a positive decision by the Queensland Co-ordinator
General, and IMETT now needed to explore possible
opportunities to utilise this team.
a result, a high level review was undertaken by the
IMETT Board and Senior Management team to bring forward
elements of the IMETT business plan that could be
achieved through the acquisition of existing
infrastructure in related areas.
A number of potential opportunities
have been identified and assessed, with several exciting
opportunities having progressed further to the detailed
In the meantime another year has
passed, with the IMETT team working solidly to deliver a
world class project with positive benefits for
2012 is looking very bright indeed.
On behalf of the IMETT team, I wish
you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Identified in Australian Muscle Car Magazine
Luke West’s Editorial in Australian
Muscle Car magazine issue 55 (May/June 2011) features a
story line that talks about the possibility of Australia
gaining new motor racing circuits and, in particular,
identifies the IMETT Project.
copy of the Editorial is attached for easy reference,
and the article is reproduced with permission from
Australian Muscle Car magazine.
1 March 2011 - IMETT to Re-submit Queensland Motorsport Project
Queensland’s ‘motorsport mecca’ is still on the horizon, with confirmation that IMETT Group Pty Ltd will resubmit its Gold Coast project to the State Government.
The new submission follows the Co-ordinator General’s shock announcement late last year not to approve the company’s Environmental Impact Statement for public and advisory agency comment, and advice that the Significant Project Status had lapsed.
IMETT Managing Director Ron Brown said the company was disappointed by the announcement, as IMETT had been working closely with Government for some time and had adjusted the EIS document to address changing Government requirements on several occasions before its formal lodgement.
16 December 2010 – Government Announcement Not The End
In a shock announcement, and despite months of consultation with his Department, the Co-ordinator General advised that he was not satisfied that the IMETT Environmental Impact Statement met the requirements addressed in the Terms of Reference.
IMETT Managing Director, Ron Brown, expressed his disappointment and confusion with the Co-ordinator General’s decision, but is not dismayed with the decision.
“Having worked closely with the Government for some time, we can only assume this decision is a mistake. If this isn’t the case, it is quite a significant sacrifice in terms of employment and private sector investment,” he said.
“However, this is unequivocally not the end of the road for IMETT – in fact, its far from it! We are now calling on our supporters to help show the State Government that their decision is misguided and fight for the chance of review relevant documentation before the project is lost to Queensland.”
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8 November 2010 – Formal EIS Lodged
IMETT has formally lodged its formal Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) following eight years of planning and development, and months of consultation with the Queensland Department of Planning and Infrastructure.
The Government will now review the document in lieu of a community consultation period to be announced in the coming weeks.
29 September 2010 – More Time Given To Meet Changed EIS Parameters
The Co-ordinator General has granted IMETT an extension of time to complete significant changes to the original Terms of Reference outlined for the Environmental Impact Statement.
While the changes will require additional reporting and more detail, they will ensure that all required information is contained in the documentation when distributed for public comment.
The final Environmental Impact Statement can now be submitted by 17 December 2010.
13 July 2010 – Changed Scope for Third EIS
The Department of Planning and Infrastructure had a change of heart in suggesting IMETT include the total land area in its Environmental Impact Statement. Instead of increasing the land area, the Department requested IMETT reduce that shown within the report so as not to confuse the issue. The Department has also sought additional changes outside the original EIS scope, as outlined in the Terms of Reference.
While this will result in additional time and reporting, it is understood that the final changes signify the last steps in the EIS development process and aid the development of the final document.
All amendments to the original requirements have been received in writing.
22 April 2010 – IMETT follows Government lead
The second draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was submitted following advice from the Government to include the total land area and supplement the technical information with some ‘selling’ information.
It is understood that the Government believed the community should also have the opportunity to review the benefits of the project as well as the science behind it.
17 December 2009 – Draft EIS Lodged
After seven years of planning and development, IMETT has lodged the first draft of its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
While the deadline and the requirement for a completed document is still some months away, the draft was submitted at a meeting to confirm that the general approach was in line with the expectations of the Department of Planning and Infrastructure prior to community consultation.
A meeting was arranged with the Department to discuss the document and its detail.
August 2009 - IMETT Project Makes Good Progress with EIS
continues to make good progress on the Environmental Impact Statement despite the challenges of the past year. These included the Global Economic Crisis, Swine Flu, and a State Election in Queensland together with the associated re-shuffle of Cabinet Ministers and the Public Service.
Understandably for a project of this size, the Terms of Reference for the Environmental Impact Statement were comprehensive, which has involved considerable activity behind the scenes.
Ongoing discussion and negotiations with Government agencies continue on a regular basis, and IMETT is hopeful that the Environmental Impact Statement may be lodged for initial review in the not-to-distant future.
IMETT thanks its many supporters for their continued interest and support during this time.
July 2009 - Government Releases South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031
The Queensland State Government released the updated South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031 on 28th July 2009. The Plan provides a comprehensive overview of the planning intentions for the South East Queensland Region for the period 2009-2031. Whilst the Plan does not specifically mention individual projects such as the IMETT Project, it does lay out the framework for development planning that will assist IMETT in the completion of its Environmental Impact Statement, and the subsequent development if approved.
To view the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031 document, visit:
July 2009 Government Releases North East Gold Coast Study
The Queensland State Government released the North East Gold Coast Study – land use, economic and infrastructure strategy on 28th July 2009. The Study provides a comprehensive overview of the future planning options for the North East Gold Coast area (also known as the Rocky Point district). The Study does not include the IMETT project however. As noted in footnote 4 at the bottom of page 27, the Study’s comments on “Community motor sport activities do not include the IMETT (integrated motorsport, education, tourism and technology) proposal, which is subject to a separate investigation and assessment.”
To view the North East Gold Coast Study – land use, economic and infrastructure strategy, visit:
October 2008 Channel
Seven Flashback Segment to Include IMETT Project
The IMETT Project
will be included in the weekly Flashback segment
on the 6.00pm News on Channel Seven in Brisbane
this Sunday 26th October 2008. This week’s
Flashback will feature a story on the 1954 Australian
Grand Prix conducted on a temporary street at
Southport, and will finish with a brief overview
of the proposed IMETT Project at Norwell on the
northern Gold Coast.
October 2008 Government
Finalises Terms of Reference
Department of Infrastructure and Planning has
finalised the Terms of Reference for the Environmental
Impact Statement for the IMETT Project following
a period of public consultation.
To view the Terms of Reference document, visit:
June 2008 Public Comment
Sought for Draft Terms of Reference
The State Government
has begun the environmental assessment process
for the proposed $650 million motor racing, tourism
and technology complex at Gilberton, near Ormeau.
For more information visit:
February 2008 IMETT approved
as ‘Significant Project’
The State Government of Queensland has approved
IMETT as a ‘significant project’.
This was declared by the Co-ordinator General
on 11 February 2008, and will be substantiated
by an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and
Master Planning documentation. The approval was
given based on the Initial Advice Statement previously
presented to Government. IMETT is delighted by
the progress of the project.
August 2007 CSIRO Study
Considers Future Options for Rocky Point Cane
A CSIRO study, “Future Use of the Rocky
Point Cane Landscapes”, was released in
August 2007. In their report, CSIRO researchers
have evaluated a wide range of alternative rural
land use options for the future of the Rocky Point
Cane Lands. Read what they have to say about the
alternatives facing future rural activities in
the area, given the difficulties facing the sugar
For more information visit: