QLD Government cans plans for Gold Coast & Cairns cruise terminals

By ,   April 30, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

The Queensland Government ended a private company's 2-year bid to create a cruise and casino complex on the Broadwater (Port Brisbane) and the proposal to bring cruising to the Gold Coast of Australia was canned. The move follows an earlier decision to put off plans for a new terminal further north in Cairns.

ASF China Consortium had offered a $7.6 billion multi-use complex on Gold Coast's Wave Break Island including the cruise facility, a hotel, casino and residential buildings, but met with opposition from the state's Labor Party and community groups.

According to the Gold Coast Bulletin, the project has been supported by Gold Coast Council Mayor Tom Tate, while Labor has always opposed the facility's location amid concerns about the environmental impact on this amazing man-made sand island.

Anthony Lynham, State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Minister, and Jackie Trad, Queensland's deputy premier, have both confirmed that the project was over.

The decision was welcomed by Save Our Spit community group, which had lobbied against the terminal for several years.

Earlier this month, the Government canned plans for a Cairns cruise terminal due to financial and environmental issues. A draft EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) on the proposal pointed out that dredging Trinity Inlet "may have involved dumping spoil on waters near the Great Barrier Reef".

According to the Qld treasurer Curtis Pitt, the plan was unviable as it would cost over $100 million, with land-based dumping options estimated $365 million.