Gold Coast demands cruise ship decision

22 Nov 2018 10:07 PMJohn-Paul Langbroek

Business on the Gold Coast is being cut adrift by the Palaszczuk Government’s refusal to get behind a cruise ship terminal for the city, the LNP warned today.

Shadow State Development Minister Andrew Powell said the city was set to miss out on countless jobs and economic opportunities because of decades of dithering by Labor.

“Labor’s latest paper on the Spit says it won’t even consider a cruise ship terminal application until mid-2019,” Mr Powell said.

“Brisbane is getting a second cruise ship terminal while the Gold Coast is getting fobbed off.

“Enough is enough. The Gold Coast is Queensland’s biggest tourism destination and it deserves a cruise ship terminal.

“The cruise industry is booming, but thanks to Labor only Brisbane is getting the big bucks.”

“No wonder Queensland has the highest unemployment rate in the nation under Annastacia Palaszczuk.”

Annastacia Palaszczuk has previously suggested “there may not be a need” for a Gold Coast terminal when Brisbane’s latest terminal opens, while State Development Minister Cameron Dick has said the Palaszczuk Government has no view at all on a Gold Coast terminal.

LNP Member for Surfers Paradise John-Paul Langbroek said locals were tired of Labor’s spin.

“Peter Beattie ordered a cruise ship terminal study in the early 2000s and Labor’s been sailing around in circles ever since,” Mr Langbroek said.

“This weak Labor Government is now trying to dodge any decision until after the next election.

“The cruise ship market in Queensland is growing by over 40 per cent a year, with 468 ships now calling at our ports every 12 months.

“The LNP supports a cruise ship terminal because Gold Coast shouldn’t miss out on the local jobs and economic opportunities it will provide.

“Labor only backs Brisbane, but the LNP will govern for the Gold Coast as Queensland’s second largest city.”

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