Why Tom Tate wants a GC cruise ship terminal

Mayor Tom Tate has reaffirmed his commitment to a cruise ship terminal on the Gold Coast.

He revealed on Tuesday morning that the new plan would see the structure built opposite Sea World Resort at The Spit. It’s understood he will be seeking the support of fellow councillors and the State Government before unveiling the full plan to ratepayers.

Cr Tate confirmed to 102.9’s Flan and Emily Jade this morning that it will not be an offshore cruise ship terminal. “There’ll be a long jetty going out and when the boat comes in then you come in from the ocean side,” the Mayor said. “We’re looking at about 800-plus metres.”


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He also confirmed they are looking at having a pumping station out by the jetty. “It’s no frills but at least we get the cruise ships stopping here on the Gold Coast.”

Cr Tate says it’s all about boosting the local economy. “I want to diversify the tourism part of our economy,” he said. “Cruise tourism is part of that.”

City engineers will be working to find the best options to provide a terminal which will not affect the surf.

Cr Tate says the plan to build opposite Sea World would mean surf at Stradbroke Island will not be affected. “They can surf to their hearts content over there,” he told Flan and Emily Jade.

The plan will be presented early next year.

Previously proposed cruise ship terminal | PHOTO: Twitter

Previously proposed cruise ship terminal | PHOTO: Twitter

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fantastic this will create job for our kids and their kids, we need to embrace change for the benefit of our community and future generations.

Totally support this proposal Tom, if we strive to be a tourist state, we need more attractions to bring tourists here. Cruise ships bring big money to the economy, this will create much needed jobs, building works and infrastructure and income for the Gold Coast. The spit, Wave break island , who cares where it is so long as it is built. The save our spit and wave break island groups are a minority and not what the bulk of GC’ers want. Doesn’t take long to forget wave break island was man made, was not created naturally so whats the big deal… Wave break is the ideal place for a cruise ship terminal with all the proposed shops restaurants and hotels… lets get real about stimulating the economy on the Gold Coast… BRING IT ON

I wonder how deep the mayors understanding of marine engineering is. The first sign of a decent storm and the jetty will be unusable. The risk factors in docking, transfering passengers and supplies let alone the logistics of moving 2000 plus people along a ” no frills jetty” are immense.
As for effect on the tidal movement, when ever a substantial structure is built in the tidal zone there are effects on sand migration.
Talking of movement lets look at the traffic management plan for the spit and if the mayor suggests that ships wont be here often enough to impact the areas already congested traffic patterns, how long does he expect this project to take to be profitable.
The real facts are the Gold Coast does not have a suitable location for cruise ship berthing without impacting on the environment and lifestyle we all love so much.
As for employment, please look around at mining infrastructure projects. A ” no frills” jetty project may employ 1000 people for a short time. Terminal operations will mainly be casual on call staff and tour operators may gain a percentage gain in staff.
Most of the offshore work will be done by specialist contractors that bring their people with them.

I think it will be a white elephant, Waste of taxpayers money. Should be spent on roads and transport

What a waste of taxpayers money. I could understand if it was a major port like Sydney but not just a call in port where they do change the itinerary and miss going there. Where it is going to be is going to be the worst place you could think of. Out into the ocean would be better as it is deeper. Kirra would have been the best place as close to airport and no b***** goes to that part of Kirra, Surfing was a lot further down no where near where it was going to be built. Use our taxes on connecting the southern end of the gold coast with the rest of it. You have cut our buses to put the stupid tram on which was the money for the train from Varsity. The tram is an inconvenience as we used to be able to travel up to the other end of the coast without hopping off, now it takes twice as long to go anywhere so may as well take the car. Think of the southern end for a change.