The Gold Coast Mayor has stated that he has a mandate to provide the Gold Coast with a shipping terminal as the magic panacea to solve the city’s tourism woes with one or more casinos to pay the bills. I would dispute the mandate claim, but that is another story.
The real situation is that the shipping terminals are of dubious economic benefit to the city and will certainly cost us much.
In reality this proposal is a smokescreen for a land grab of our public open space by developers who would love to get their hands on cheap waterfront land for hotels, condominiums, marinas, commercial premises and casinos.
On Sunday 4th November at 10 am Gecko will join with Save Our Spit to hold the “Spitfighters 2” rally on The Spit.
Please watch Facebook and the media for more details.
Your support is essential to send the message that our public land belongs to us and that there should be no onshore terminals on the Gold Coast.
If you would like to be part of the active working team to oppose these proposals and create a better vision for our city please contact Gecko 5534 1412 or email
Gecko was active and successful in opposing a similar proposal for The Spit and, working with Save Our Spit, ran a campaign from 2003- 2006. The Environmental Impact Assessment undertaken at that time demonstrated that in addition to the environmental damage and the significant loss of public open space, a shipping terminal on The Spit was not economically viable. The Broadwater is still not a harbour, it is a sandy estuary. Nothing has changed in the last 6 years.
The Broadwater for the Gold Coast is a jewel of open space and beauty in the midst of high density urban development.
It is a place where residents and visitors can relax in natural surroundings and enjoy multiple recreational pursuits from walking, swimming, diving, bird watching, boating, fishing, picnicking or adding to our community asset by helping Friends of Federation Walk regenerate the eastern side of The Spit.
The Broadwater is our Central Park or Southbank or Hyde Park and it is NOT FOR SALE or to GIVE AWAY by unimaginative civic leaders to their developer mates so they can make a profit from our public assets.
Our objections are based on three principles, which have guided Gecko’s advocacy since its foundation in 1989.
These principles are:
In summary our objections include: