DESPITE being on the other side of the world, the Gold Coast Mayor has been quick to respond to the latest claims regarding a controversial cruise ship terminal proposal.
Mayor Tom Tate has slammed suggestions local residents will be short changed during the community consultation phase of the Broadwater Marine Project.
Reports in today’s local paper claim as few as 1,200 residents will be consulted on the plan.
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“Councillors at a closed door briefing this week were told by city bureaucrats the sample size for the survey could be between 1200 and 2800 people, much less than the expected 230,000 ratepayers, plus all other residents.”
Cr Tate, who is currently in the Middle East on a self-funded trade mission, issued this statement: “Community consultation will (be) extensive, it will be robust, and it will be ongoing. Everyone will ultimately have the opportunity to get the facts and make an informed choice”.
“The State Government has set an extremely tight time frame for this first phase of consultation and we’re making the most of the opportunity we have right now,” Cr Tate added.
“This is a game changer for the Gold Coast and the decision must be owned by the community.”
The Mayor will return from overseas early next week ahead of a formal presentation by ASF Consortium to Council.