THE majority of Gold Coasters surveyed in an online poll do not want council to sell off the Surfers Paradise Transit Centre and Bruce Bishop car park to pay for new city projects.
An overwhelming 78.5 percent of respondents strongly opposed the sale, while 21.5 percent were in favour of the proposal which would help fund the second bridge to Isle of Capri and the city’s new Cultural Precinct.
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The land on which the Surfers Paradise Transit Centre and Bruce Bishop car park sits was gifted to the city in 1938 in a deed arrangement which stipulated it be preserved as a recreational reserve.
Mayor Tom Tate said the legal obligation to preserve the land, which sits atop the car park, had expired but guaranteed the intention of the gift would be honoured with an equal open space to be included in any new development.
It would also have to provide 640 public car spaces, which is the maximum daily average currently used at the site, as well as an extra 100 for community groups such as the RSL and charities.
The remaining 1000 parking spots would be relocated to the new Cultural Precinct at Evandale.
Speaking to myGC from China on Friday, the mayor said selling the aging asset, which carries significant maintenance costs, would deliver much-needed infrastructure to the city without borrowing, or increasing rates.
Former Gold Coast City Councillor Eddy Sarroff will on Wednesday lead a protest outside council chambers rallying against the proposal.
Click here to read the public’s reaction to the proposal.