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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Is Australia’s Gold Coast ready for Megaliners. Mayor says ‘yes’.

Compiled from news sources by Roderick Eime

Gold Coast (Queensland, Australia) mayor, Tom Tate, is in Florida on a self-funded tour of inspiration which included cruise ship mega-port, Miami, and gambling metropolis, Las Vegas.

While his city development plans include the slightly oxymoronic-sounding Gold Coast culture precinct that would require another casino to underwrite it, the most interesting point to come out of his pilgrimage was further visions for a super terminal, one with three cruise ship berths, a superyacht marina, casino, surf club and underwater observatory.

Tate says that one suggestion involves a AU$200 million complex at Tugun, commissioned by billionaire developer and chairman of Leda Group, Bob Ell.

Mr Ell proposes to finance the project through a public-private partnership arrangement.

Another proposal uses Broadwater Parklands as a site for a $35 million cruise ship facility, while two other locations are along the Spit: one north of Sea World and the other at the Seaway entrance.

"We'll narrow it right down and you know what?" Tate said on local ABC radio, "Why not let the Gold Coast people also give an input and when I start hearing about the preferred option for our residents, I'll be listening and I'll say why don't we go this way?"

Mayor Tate hopes to have one of the terminals in operation for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and be large enough to accommodate the world’s biggest cruise liners, like QM2.

Sources: Gold Coast Bulletin, ABC Radio

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