Our Gold Coast
There are a number of specific issues on the minds of Gold Coasters right now that relate to the way Gold Coast City andCouncillors conduct their business. My position on some of these issues is below. I’ll add to the list as the election period progresses. This list should be considered fluid and will change as current issues evolve.
Cruise Ship Terminal
I’m supportive of exploring once and for all whether a terminal is viable for the Gold Coast. Significant information exists suggesting considerable constraints on the delivery of such a project. I’m personally skeptical as to whether the commercial viability and necessary logistical outcomes could be delivered in a beach city with over 70kms of sand moving up and down the coastline but am willing to explore potential options if it means delivering certainty to residents about the potential of such a project. There is reasonable volume of support for and against the concept from residents in Division 9. This article explores my most recent position.
I’m opposed to a significant increase in electronic gaming machines in the City of Gold Coast local government area. I’m not opposed to person-to-person games of skill being available for entertainment in a gambling establishment, although I have a personal view generally critical of gambling. I’m of the view that online gambling best delivers the automated experience some people seek, that this experience can be very damaging to families and communities, and that governments should not be actively seeking to deliver these sort of entertainment outcomes in our cities, instead seeking development that better builds community and social cohesion, and better entertains and engages the tourist.
Cableways in Springbrook or the Hinterland
I am generally opposed to the concept of a Cableway on the grounds that it is not unique, innovative or commercially viable in our predominantly eucalypt bushland approaching World Heritage-listed natural areas. I have grave concerns about the bushfire risk for such a project, and the necessary clearing that would have to occur to mitigate such a risk.
Cultural Centre at Evandale
I’m supportive of the diversification of our tourism infrastructure on the Gold Coast and the concept of a Arts & Cultural precinct, distinctly Gold Coast in character, appeals to me. I am impressed with the ARM Architecture winning entry and believe it has the capacity to deliver an awesome family experience, connecting the everyday visitor to our city who may not consider an art gallery visit in their schedule to an experience not anticipated. I’m also supportive of open event spaces to build cultural and artistic momentum in the city as we approach the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Commonwealth Games – 2018
As the largest sporting event to be held in Australia this decade, the 2018 Commonwealth Games has the potential to shape our city with legacy infrastructure and community outcomes that will have positive social and economic outcomes for years to come. Although the investment from the State Government and Council is significant, leveraging these commitments of previous governments for the best possible future is paramount.
Gold Coast Light Rail
For our city to mitigate transport issues not uncommon in growing cities, our public transport must improve. Connecting our largest university and hospital to our tourist strip, convention centre and shopping centre makes practical sense, but further connection to the heavy rail is critical. Ticket pricing is also of great importance and the impact of affordable travel between our economy and the target consumer market of 3 million Brisbane residents should not be underestimated. Further , a connection to Robina and ultimately our International Airport would be a practical and sensible idea, given the initial investment in the transport solution thus far.
I’m supportive of a connected network of pedestrian and bike paths the length of our coast, north to south, as a convenient mode of transport for locals and a feature of our tourism infrastructure.
Commercial activity on the Beach
I’m not opposed to exploring ways we could generate revenue as a city, to mitigate pressure on ratepayers, by delivering services on our beaches. This could includebut is not limited to, food and beverage services, beach accessory hire, personal fitness training, live music and entertainment events, and exclusive access for privatefunctions under certain circumstances in certain locations.
Commercial activity in Parks
I’m supportive of regulation of commercial activity in parks, including personal fitness training, in order to better enforce collegiate use by the public and entities promoting health and fitness. The public should have access to parks and related infrastructure in the knowledge that they can report commercial entities for activity that effectively constrains their reasonable use.
Development on the Spit
The area north of Main Beach and south of Sea World has been designated for many years as an area suitable for tourism and recreation. I’m generally supportive of development in this area only, and would entertain the idea of a continuation of the planning provisions that exist in Main Beach into this precinct.
The area north of Sea World is primarily public open space used for recreational activity, as well as area that has environmental significance, and I’m inclined to retain it as it is currently used, without development impact. I’m supportive of a masterplan for the Broadwater that considers appropriate land uses throughout the area.