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Dear Premier Newman & Mayor Tate,
We the people of the Gold Coast & beyond ask the Newman State Government and Gold Coast City Council to:

1. STOP the integrated resorts casino/ ship terminal development proposed by ASF for the Gold Coast Broadwater immediately. We do not want the public open space and waterways of our Broadwater sold off to a foreign consortium and destroyed by high rise casino/ hotels/ apartments and a ship terminal; and

2. extend the Moreton Bay Marine Park to create a Broadwater Marine Park to protect the waterways, habitat and islands (such as Wave Break Island) & including the Northern Spit, to enable existing community recreational and sustainable commercial uses (such as diving for example) - but to prevent the recurrence of inappropriate development proposals such as those of ASF.

[font=Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Why is this important?[/font]
[font=Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]The Broadwater is a social, environmental and economic asset to our city which locals and tourists alike use and love, and we do not want its natural beauty and character destroyed by high density urban development or a ship terminal. The development proposed will entail millions of m3 of dredging which will destroy the habitat for dugongs, dolphins. migratory birds and over 450 species of marine life in the Gold Coast Seaway. Proposals to construct a huge development for 15,000 people mid Broadwater will create a visual abomination and severely impact upon traffic, infrastructure and population in adjacent suburbs like Southport, Labrador and Runaway Bay, leading to the M1. Finally, the community loves and uses its magnificent Broadwater and islands as its boating, swimming, sailing, fishing and recreational heart. This development will destroy this freedom and privilege, and change the beautiful face of our city forever.

ASF can construct its development on private land it purchases like every other developer who invests in our city. We do not need to sell off precious public open space and waterways to attract investment. Further, the Broadwater as a shallow estuary of great environmental significance, is completely inappropriate for a ship terminal and consideration should be given both to extensive scientific research into offshore options and to optimising passenger shore visits from terminals constructed in Brisbane.[/font]

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[font=Helvetica, Arial, lucida grande, tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif]IN CASE you wondering what is happening- here's a quick summary - ASF have to convince the State Govt by Christmas that they have sufficient community support to proceed with their project. THIS is where YOU come in helping us to make sure the State end up with a great big NO.[/font]
[font=Helvetica, Arial, lucida grande, tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif]ASF lead a foreign consortia which include two large Chinese state-owned companies. The state has offered them public land to build an integrated resort and ship terminal in the Broadwater - claiming that Mayor Tate had a mandate last election. Given most of the present elements of the project were never mentioned by Mayor Tate, much less in their present location, that argument has died a pretty obvious death.
ASF have a big plan (the design for which remains not officially disclosed) to construct a casino, high rise hotels/apartments etc incl a 50 storey high rise on Wave Break island (the one near DJ Park). Their pics to date suggest they will expand the landmass through dredging the Broadwater to almost double the island's size... plus they also have a development sign all over the sandbar to the north of WB. The ship terminal is presently mooted for the south eastern side (we think) which means the Seaway and a large area will have to be dredged - at least 3 million m3 for that aspect alone.
There is much evidence that a ship terminal is not economically viable given the dredging costs - and as well, it entails significant environmental damage to the Broadwater (possibly catastrophic damage).
ASF CEO Alan Fife has stated this new WB "city" will accommodate 15,000 people and have two or three bridges into Labrador to carry traffic... it is also planned to have some undisclosed tourist/ resort activities on the island - & SOSA have claimed the apartments etc will be sold in China & the whole development may use (many) foreign workers on 457 visas...[/font]