THE majority of the Gold Coast is in favour of the ASF Consortium Broadwater Proposal, according to the consortium’s presentation of community consultation findings to the City of Gold Coast this afternoon.
The ASF Consortium Broadwater proposal includes a cruise ship terminal and entertainment precinct, resorts and hotels, residential, retail and commercial uses on Wave Break Island and The Spit in the Broadwater.
Project Director Allan Fife said the first community consultation process reached 80 per cent of all Gold Coast residents over the age of 18 and confirmed majority support of the project (52%), with 33% against and 10% undecided.
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As a result of the findings, council voted in favour of continuing the proposed project.
A total of 2803 residents over the age of 18 were selected at random to take part in a phone questionnaire between 10-17 April. Results were then weighted at the division level to reflect the distribution of the Gold Coast adult population (384,000).
Results revealed awareness of the project was high at 94 per cent, with 43 per cent saying they were interested in finding out more information, such as more details about the project, the process for approval and understanding of who is responsible for approval.
Key reasons residents supported the project included tourism, employment and benefits of the project, as well as a desire to see growth, development and modernisation of the Gold Coast.
Those against the project are most concerned about the environment, water access, recreational use and location of the cruise ship terminal.
Focus groups found no strong consensus for locating the cruise ship terminal on either The Spit or Wave Break Island. However, there was a view that Wave Break Island was likely to gather wider community acceptance than The Spit.
The initial consultation was in response to the Queensland Government’s request to determine the level of support for the proposal.
“To determine the level of support, we undertook an intensive awareness campaign that provided a broad range of project information. This process reached 80% of all Gold Coast residents aged 18 years and over,” Mr Fife said.
“We also provided a range of consultation mechanisms to ensure all Gold Coast residents had the opportunity to share their views about the project.
“We’re delighted that the results of the Newspoll survey shows that the Gold Coast supports the project. This project has the potential to transform the Gold Coast into a world city and we are excited to be moving the project to the next stage,” he said.