Mayor knocks back plans for Tugun cruise ship terminal

Mayor Tom Tate believes there’s room for a cruise ship terminal on the Gold Coast, but not if it’s at Tugun.

The Gold Coast Bulletin reports there’s a private proposal for a integrated resort on the south end of the Coast worth $2 billion.

It’s pitched as a state of the art venture that would have room for three cruise ships, a hotel, casino and giant wave pool.


Council has welcomed the application but said it’s unlikely to be approved.

Despite this, the Mayor still says there’s room for a terminal on the Coast.

“We’ve got the opportunity to enter the cruise ship tourism market, that’s worth billions of dollars, we should do so,” he said.

He added the proposal at Tugun would interfere with the current World Surfing Reserve and that internationally famous breaks should be left to the surfers.

The location had been floated before and the Mayor said it only took 48 hours for Council and the then Newman Government to knock back the plan.

Council is still working through their new proposal.

“The location that we’ve looked at on Phillip Park is superior it’s close to the light rail, it’s close to tourists,” Cr Tate said.

“People can get off and get to Surfers Paradise, Southport and Broadbeach… It’s a great location.”

The State Government is unlikely to review the new plan until at least July 2019.