The Spit site on Gold Coast focus of talks

Sonia Kohlbacher

A slice of state-owned land on the Gold Coast once earmarked for a $3 billion Chinese-backed casino is again at the centre of development discussions.

Community groups are meeting with officials to discuss ways to further develop and conserve The Spit, a parcel of parkland owned by the Queensland government.

State Development Minister Cameron Dick on Saturday said it was hoped community consultation would see the site progress beyond a "battleground".

"There's been a highly contested view of this place over many years but we want to now move from contest to consensus," he said.

Plans by Chinese-backed firm ASF to build a high rise development at the site were terminated by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in August.

The move sparked accusations from ASF Consortium director Louis Chien the government had dropped the project to win votes on the Gold Coast at the November state election.

But Ms Palaszczuk pointed to likely rate and tax increases if the project went ahead, and said at the time there was a strong community desire to preserve the land.

She has promised no development north of Sea World and a three-storey restriction on new buildings.