Queensland’s Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney met with the City of Gold Coast on Wednesday to discuss the cruise ship terminal project planned for the Broadwater.
Mr Seeney strolled around Harley Park in Labrador flanked by local MP Verity Barton and Member for Southport Rob Molhoek (pictured).
He then advised media that he would stress to Council that there would have to be a period of community feedback.
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He planned to push for a formal proposal to be drawn up and released so it could be commented on by Council and the general public. Mr Seeney admitted the perceived lack of community consultation was his major concern.
The Deputy Premier also added that another big worry was the dredging of the Broadwater that would need to be carried out so cruise ships could reach any terminal.
“Today’s visit is to assure the people of the Gold Coast that the State Government will give careful consideration to any detailed proposal developed by the ASF Consortium to ensure it meets community expectations,” Mr Seeney said.
“We are conscious of concerns raised by local residents about the project and in particular concerns raised about the degree of development on the Spit, including Doug Jennings Park.
“We’ll be making contact with ASF in coming days regarding the State Government’s requirements for the detailed proposal that must be submitted later this year as part of the Integrated Resort Development Process.
“That process will determine if ASF’S proposal meets the high standard that we have set for proponents to deliver world class tourism destinations that will put Queensland on the international tourism map and deliver community-wide benefits.”
Mr Seeney made it clear to media from Harley Park that the Consortium’s detailed proposal will need to address outstanding environmental, technical and commercial issues as raised in a letter sent to Mayor Tom Tate in February this year.