The Gold Coast City Council led by Mayor Tom Tate is currently proposing a cruise ship terminal in the broadwater near the Spit and Wavebreak Island. For the proposed cruise ship terminal to proceed, extensive dredging will be required of the seaway and even widening of the seaway to allow 300m+ cruise ships to enter the broadwater. This will ruin the only place scuba divers can dive and see massive schools of trevally off the sand pumping pipe, will ruin two world class surf spots namely South Stradbroke Island and The Spit and it will ruin a great local place for families to come and enjoy safe protected swimming beaches inside the broadwater.
Further, a second proposed site has formally been submitted to build what will be known as the Gold Coast Ocean Terminal. This has been proposed by Bob Ell, Billionaire and owner of Leda Group. This proposal will have an impact on every person living from Snapper Rocks to Currumbin and impact upon world class surf breaks from Snapper to Burleigh Point due to the blocking of natural sand drifts. It will also increase significantly the amount of traffic in the Bilinga area and thus increase noise and traffic pollution.
The last thing the Gold Coast needs is for 300m+ cruise ships entering the broadwater, extensive dredging costing millions of dollars to tax payers every year to maintain the required depth for the ships and causing extensive problems up stream of two major rivers leading to the Gold Coast. The environmental impact far outweighs any possible financial gain the slight increase in tourism each week the incoming ships may bring. The ships only stay less than a day.
Each ship will carry approximately 3000 passengers. This includes crew. About 30% of these passengers do not leave the ship. The Gold Coast is to expect 100 of these a year, however the cruise ship season in Queensland is from November to March. Six months of the year the terminal will most likely lay empty and business nearby expecting income from the passengers will not have this for the other six months.
Further, the Gold Coast City Council is proposing a second and even up to four more casinos on the Gold Coast. Our city is not Las Vegas and we all know that casinos bring with them a myriad of social, financial and law enforcement problems that our city does not need. The reason people visit our city is because it is different to anywhere else in Australia and offers such a diverse range of activities and amazing places to visit including South Stradbroke Island and The Hinterland.
Please help us stop the Gold Coast City Council led by Mayor Tom Tate from going ahead with projects that are socially and environmentally destructive.
Stop the proposed cruise ship terminal at The Spit or Bilinga and new casino on the Gold Coast.
Dear Honorable Campbell Newman, Councillor Tom Tate and members of Queensland state parliament and Gold Coast City Council,
I oppose to the proposal of a cruise ship terminal on the Gold Coast, either at or near the Spit in the Broadwater or at Bilinga. Further I oppose to a second casino being built anywhere on the Gold Coast.
I do this formally for the following reasons:
a) To prevent the destruction of the ocean environment specifically within the Seaway by the widening, deepening and lengthening of the Seaway walls to allow for sufficient dredging to be conducted for the safe passage of cruise ships
b) To prevent world class surf spots from being irreversibly damaged due to the change of ocean floor structure due to dredging
c) To stop the only inshore dive site from being damaged where large numbers of marine life have taken up residence
d) To preserve the local fishing industry and fishing tourism industry
e) To maintain and prevent the loss of current tourism numbers who visit our city because of the long expanses of unencumbered beaches, safe dive sites, world class surfing and family friendly green expanses unmatched in any other Australian city,
f) To maintain the uniqueness of this city as a tourist destination
g) To prevent the loss of jobs in established local tourism industries that will receive no benefit from the arrival of cruise ships to the Gold Coast
h) To stop an increase in traffic pollution, noise pollution and air pollution associated with the arrival of a cruise ship
i) To stop the possibility of an environmental catastrophe associated with an accident involving a cruise ship releasing thousands of litres of sewerage, grey water, oily bilge water, ballast water and tons of solid waste being spread along the Gold Coast beaches, and
j) To prevent further socio-economic problems associated with increased gambling at a second casino