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Fight continues as confusion reigns on cruiseship terminal

The Save Our Spit protest.
The Save Our Spit protest.

WITH nearly 2000 people rallying last Sunday at the Save Our Spit protest opposing a cruise ship terminal planned for Broadwater and another possible site at North Kirra, Bilinga there is some confusion as to where the development will be constructed.

Last week the Gold Coast Council and Queensland government announced they had called for a multi million dollar cruise ship terminal at Broadwater.

Organiser Andy McKinnon, whose group Save Our Southern Beaches Alliance (SOSBA) is also rallying against a proposal to build a terminal at North Kirra, said the possibility of a Broadwater Marine Project doesn't detract from a need to protect southern Gold Coast beaches from environmentally unfriendly development.

"We need some clarification on the issue," he said.

Executive director of the Gold Coast Ocean Company Dennis Hughes said the Kirra project had been "shelved" for the moment due to the Broadwater proposal.

Mr Hughes is in partnership with owner of development company Leda, Bob Ell and his brother Lester Hughes.

He said he would sit back and "see what happened" at Broadwater.

"The North Kirra plan has been on the drawing board for a long time," he said.

He said the $230 million project had already passed through a state government environmental impact process and that his "planning people' were now working with the federal government on an environmental impact study.

Mr Hughes said the Broadwater proposal was not feasible without a great deal of reconstruction.

"I know there are people objecting to the North Kirra project," he said.

"But you can't win them all.

"They have the right to object, but it's a small percentage of the community that oppose a cruise ship terminal at North Kirra.

"We have done a lot of community consulting and our feedback has been very good."

SOSBA's Andrew McKinnon stands firm on the issue.

"We are determined to save our beaches," he said.

"Wherever the marina goes, there will be an impact.

"We will hang in and fight to protect the quality of life for our community."

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