It’s no great secret that Mayor Tom Tate wants the Gold Coast to get its own Cruise Ship Terminal and now that’s moved a step closer.
City of Gold Coast giving the big tick of approval to a feasability study into three potential designs on Tuesday.
Mayor Tate said Council decided to investigate several things including extending the southern seaway rock wall to accommodate a cruise terminal, extending the existing sand pumping jetty near Doug Jennings Park and constructing a dedicated pier south of Seaworld to combine a cruise terminal and dive platform.
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Funds in reserve, $865,000, from the former studies into the Broadwater Marine Project have been re-allocated to this body of work,” said Mayor Tate.
He added “this industry is worth $2 billion annually to Australia and has been increasing by almost 30 per cent every year for a decade”.
“Oceanside terminals such as Costa Maya, Mexico are designed on a similar pier system. That port will welcome 139 cruise ships and 584,000 passengers this calendar year. Many of those ships already visit Australia so there are hundreds of millions of dollars in tourism value for our city floating by.”
Council agreed to do preliminary technical investigations into feasibility, costs, benefits and funding options, report back to Council in early 2017, assess the costs of each concept, based on feasibility, and develop a business case and agree on the final concept and approach the State.
“An Environmental Impact Study may follow and if so, that could take around 18 months. I have publicly stated that if the final design does not meet any EIS conditions, I will be the first to rule it out,” said Mayor Tate.
“I also commit to community consultation once we have a final concept in place.”