Cruise Ship Terminal – reactions

There are mixed reactions to Mayor Tom Tate’s idea to put a cruise ship terminal off Sea World and a jetty constructed to meet it.

The Southport Chamber of Commerce wants to see more detail, with costings yet to be done.  A spokesperson said the Chamber would like to know why the State Government knocked back the previous plan to build a terminal on Wavebreak Island.

The Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce supported Mayor Tate’s idea saying “the Gold Coast really needs more new tourism infrastructure and to be able to have a Cruise Ship Terminal here is absolutely perfect”.


The State Government has given approval to an ASF consortium plan to build a Resort and Casino on the southern end of The Spit.

Surfers MP John Paul Langbroek said projects like this would put more pressure on a very environmentally sensitive area.

He said he wants to see a Masterplan developed for the area “so we can ensure locals and visitor safety to make sure that we have community support for whatever developments go there but very importantly also make sure that we take into consideration issues like traffic access in and out”.

Addressing Mayor Tate’s proposal which he read for the first time today he said “there’s no doubt it’s an ambitious proposal, like any proposal I’d always say that it needs to have community support, it needs to stack up environmentally and it also needs to have economic benefits”.

Rose Adams from Gold Coast green group Gecko said “any proposal that’s going to alienate public open space, have serious environmental impacts, we’re not for it”.

She added “what’s really come to the fore lately is the economic impact and the traffic impact of hordes of more people coming into the area”.

“Since the high rise proposals have been put out to the public, we’ve seen a great deal of concern about an increase in traffic and those issues have not been resolved”.

Ms Adams concluded by saying she is relying on Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to keep an election promise not to build a Cruise Ship Terminal on the Broadwater.

Read more: Why Tom Tate wants a GC cruise ship terminal

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My vote goes to Mayor Tom Tate for trying to get this cruise ship terminal happening it will be great for the GC we need this to get the tourism happening.

its only a call in port not leave from port which would be better but better not to have one but not there. Insane. would stuff the spit for sure.

Thumbs down, this would absolutely take away from the open public space. The complications that will arise from the area being built up would be detrimental. Have any of you tried accessing Main Beach during peak?? Have any of you been out on the Broadwater in high season?? I originally come from Sydney, try going out into the harbour with the ships in there, it is near impossible and the atmosphere of the Spit when developed to the stage that Mr Tate is floating would be lost.
Honestly this Cruise ship terminal is absolute idiocy. There is a terminal at Brisbane, which by the way has plenty if access, it also has the required parking, access for supplies etc.

Tom Tate is a developer only in it for what he can get out of it.
He has conflicts of interest all over the GC and should be reported to the CMC.
A Cruise terminals needs to be a fully fledged port facility not just a place to get on and off.