No referendum on Gold Coast cruise ship terminal

THE Gold Coast Mayor has ruled out a referendum to decide whether or not we will eventually be home to a cruise ship terminal.

Tom Tate said community consultation would definitely be held to decide the future of the planned development.

Southport councillor Dawn Crichlow welcomed news that a referendum would not be held.


She also reminded us that the City of Gold Coast voted last November, together with the Mayor, to not support a cruise ship terminal at the end of The Spit.

Councillor Crichlow said she felt sorry for the proponent who had “spent money drawing up plans and doing investigations on an area that we as a council would not support”.

The terminal’s preferred developer, ASF China Property Consortium, will brief councillors for the first time in around a fortnight.

Councillor Crichlow did say a lot of people she has spoken to do support a terminal on Wavebreak Island.  She said a casino licence would need to be granted to make the project feasible.

Doctor Steven Gration from the Save our Spit Alliance said he hoped the Mayor would stay true to his word, after promising community consultation.

He also said he hoped the Mayor would honour a promise to go back to the proposed developer to push for changes to plans involving Doug Jennings Park.

But Doctor Gration said regardless the land grab of 80 hectares of public parks and waterways would continue.

You can visit the Save our Spit website for a collection of over 200 technical reports and articles collected over the past ten years.