Tom Tate still eager to build Gold Coast cruise ship terminal

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said it is still smooth sailing with the proposal for a cruise ship terminal on the Southport Spit, despite the state government rejecting a $3 billion casino plan nearby.

The terminal, which is estimated to cost between $170 and $450 million, is expected to bring over $4 billion to the economy.

On Tuesday, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk canned plans for development at the northern end of the spit, announcing state cabinet had rejected the proposal by Chinese-backed ASF to build an Integrated Casino and Resort.


The government decided it will develop a master plan for area over the next 18 months which will include the enforcement of a three-storey height restriction on any development.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the decision does not change his intention to put forward a business case for the cruise ship terminal.

“The cruise ship terminal was a mandate that I took to both elections,” Tate said.

“At the moment Council’s working hard on environmental impact studies.

“We’ve got a few business case studies to plan, once they’re complete then I’ll be able to put forward a plan.”

The Premier said Council was free to put forward their cruise ship terminal proposal but it will be considered as part of the master plan consultation.

“Of course we want the council to continue their work in relation the oceanside cruise ship terminal,” Palaszczuk said.