THE Queensland Government has confirmed it has completed an assessment of proposals for a cruise ship terminal on the Broadwater.
ASF China Property Consortium has been selected as the preferred developer of the Broadwater Marine Project.
Their $5 billion proposal includes developing Wavebreak Island with a 50-storey tower, low-rise residential buildings and bridges to Southport and putting a cruise ship terminal just inside the Seaway.
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The project will create and estimated 36,000 jobs and inject nearly $750 million into the local economy.
However, Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, Jeff Seeney said “the proposal has not yet ticked all the boxes for the taxpayers of Queensland.”
Mr Seeney said a number of issues were highlighted during the assessment process, including the need for extensive community consultation, environmental studies and infrastructure planning.
“The State Government understands the potential economic benefits a cruise ship terminal could deliver to the Gold Coast and we will continue to make state land available, should the issues identified by this assessment be adequately addressed by Council and [ASF Consortium],” he said.
Mayor Tom Tate this morning said council will not go ahead with the proposal if research on the environmental impacts comes back negative.
“Unless the environmental box is ticked, even I won’t vote for it. We’ve got to make sure that is sound first, then we can go ahead and decide if we want it,” he said.
Mr Tate said a strict environmental impact study will now be carried out by developer ASF Consortium.
President of the Save Our Spit Alliance Doctor Steven Gration is against the proposal and labelled it a bizarre experiment.
“Things that will be destroyed will be worlds class surf breaks at the top end of the Coast, world class inshore dive sites and marine habitats,” he said.
“Basically we have seen the Government give the Council permission to experiment with building a cruise ship terminal and if it doesn’t work out, we (will) have destroyed all that is good on the Gold Coast.”
He also said the local weather will make it almost impossible for the ships to dock safely.
“Our weather events make it very unsafe, navigationally, for cruise companies to attempt to enter and we saw with the Costa Concordia the consequences of human error there,” he said.
Community consultation is expected to get underway in the near future.