Controversial cruise ship proposal slammed

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[font=DroidSansRegular, arial, sans-serif]Save Our Broadwater LOBBY group protesting against the controversial cruise ship proposal has slammed the way developer ASF has inflated the potential economic benefits of the project.[/font]
[font=DroidSansRegular, arial, sans-serif]It comes after Broadwater cruise ship terminal-proponent ASF recently released economic modelling claiming its development would inject $8.9 million a year into the Gold Coast economy, including creating more than 12,275 new jobs and driving up tourism accommodation figures by 8 per cent by 2020.[/font]
[font=DroidSansRegular, arial, sans-serif]Save Our Broadwater spokeswoman Kate Mathews said an “increasingly desperate’’ ASF had inflated the economic benefit claims of a Wavebreak Island project to new highs.[/font]
[font=DroidSansRegular, arial, sans-serif]“ASF started out claiming a $4 billion economic benefit, including development of The Spit and then they raised it to $7 billion without explanation,” she said.[/font]
[font=DroidSansRegular, arial, sans-serif]“Now that their Spit development has been canned by the State Government, they claim they will not expand their Wavebreak Island uber-city but they suddenly double the economic benefit claims.[/font]
[font=DroidSansRegular, arial, sans-serif]“It beggars belief that any foreign developer thinks it is appropriate to spruik claims that are completely unsupported by full and proper disclosure of its project design, parameters or supported by disclosed, independent, economic analysis.”[/font]
[font=DroidSansRegular, arial, sans-serif]Ms Mathews said there had already been a “wildly-inflated claim which attempted to mislead the public to create pressure for support”.[/font]
[font=DroidSansRegular, arial, sans-serif]“Who can forget Mayor Tom Tate’s 36,000 jobs claim, which he could never substantiate but which was made right as ASF’s questionable community consultation was being held?” she said.[/font]
[font=DroidSansRegular, arial, sans-serif]She said local, respected economic commentators had told her group that some ASF economic claims were inflated, some were incorrect and others were impossible to check.[/font]
[font=DroidSansRegular, arial, sans-serif]Her concerns were echoed by Gaven state Independent MP Dr Alex Douglas, who said ASF claims that every year, up to 75 cruise ships would visit a terminal in the Broadwater were fanciful.[/font]
[font=DroidSansRegular, arial, sans-serif]“This is a gross overstatement based on overseas studies and the most likely scenario is seven to 10 cruise ship visits a year,” he said.[/font]
[font=DroidSansRegular, arial, sans-serif]Dr Douglas said claims that 12,275 people would be employed on Wavebreak Island were also wildly extravagant.[/font]
[font=DroidSansRegular, arial, sans-serif]Mayor Tom Tate said he had yet to see details of the ASF’s revised Integrated Resort Development Proposal and the breakdown of land uses and activities, in order to consider ASF’s latest economic figures for the project.[/font]
[font=DroidSansRegular, arial, sans-serif]“However, I expect ASF’s revised IRDP for the Broadwater has the potential to generate significant economic benefits and jobs,” he said.[/font]
[font=DroidSansRegular, arial, sans-serif]Cr Tate said in 2012 the council commissioned the AEC Group to carry out a stand-alone cruise ship terminal business case.[/font]
[font=DroidSansRegular, arial, sans-serif]“AEC identified the Gold Coast could expect between 36 and 58 port calls in the first year of operation,” he said.[/font]
[font=DroidSansRegular, arial, sans-serif]“I believe that a cruise ship terminal as part of ASF’s Integrated Resort Development at the Broadwater has the greatest potential to capture our fair share of cruise ship visits.”[/font]
[font=DroidSansRegular, arial, sans-serif]ASF was unavailable for comment.[/font]
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Fun First!
Yesterday we were lucky enough to spend some time on a beautiful boat anchored at Wavebreak.
It was perfectly sheltered from the wind and hundreds of people were there enjoying their day with family and friends,
Everyone was just so relaxed and having fun. No one can believe something of this value could be given away by Tom Tate for $1 to a Chinese consortium.
The widespread belief is that they will only have Chinese currency on the Island and employ Chinese speaking people anyway so there is no upside for the locals at all. Someone suggested that Tom Tates expensive campaign to get elected was his investment in this development so that he can get it approved before he is voted out at the next council elections.

We need to do everything to make sure there is no approval before he goes in two years time.

btw, sorry to mention this but to the 3 people on Skis yesterday who were out for their one day a year ride, you should be ashamed.
I watched several responsible people on Skis approach you and ask you to take it elsewhere, only to be abused by you angry hateful way of life.
The reason people were angry is because you were scaring them. They were worried you would hurt their kids swimming in the water, They were worried you would hurt yourselves and each other.
I am sure you drive your Cars and treat your freinds & family the same way. You don't have to be like that.
Hopefully everyone understands that you are the exceptions not really members of the Jet Ski community.


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The solution is a short video clip and well written marine incident report away lovf

They are pretty quick in responding.