Gold Coasters opposed to the sale of the Bruce Bishop Car Park have made a rather tasty delivery to the city’s Mayor, CEO and Councillors today for World Democracy Day.
The Save Surfers Paradise Group, founded by 15 high profile local business identities to fight the sale of the Bruce Bishop Car Park and Surfers Paradise Transit Centre, dropped off 15 delicious Goldstein Bakery cakes to council chambers.
“We’re are delivering these cakes to the Mayor, the Councillors and the CEO, to treat them to morning tea to celebrate World Democracy Day” Secretary Deborah Kelly, campaign coordinator for the group said.
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“We want to give them a gentle reminder that we are lucky to live in a democracy, unlike millions of others around the world, and that we would like them to act democratically and release the information that the public has a right to know, about the reasons for the sale of the Bruce Bishop Car Park.”
“No Council decision should be shrouded in secrecy or mystery. We hope the Mayor and Councillors reflect on this while they are enjoying their morning tea,” Ms Kelly said.
See what happened when the cakes were delivered to council in the video below:
Save Surfers Paradise say they have been fighting to have the information that Council says it relied upon when making the decision to sell the property released into the public domain, however have been rebuffed by the Council.
“The information that we are seeking is not confidential, or commercially sensitive,” Save Surfers Paradise said in a statement.
“The Council says that it is selling the car park because it is grossly underutilised, and loses money. We believe that Council’s own records will disprove those claims.”
“If the Council is so sure that it has made the right decision, then why not simply release information and prove its case, once and for all.”
*This article was originally published at 6:30am. It has since been updated *