Member for Gaven Dr Alex Douglas MP today called for the shelving of the cruise ship terminal, integrated resort and casino at Wavebreak Island on the Gold Coast Broadwater.
“Let’s get back to what we do best and that’s offer beach holidays in the sun,” he said.
“The Campbell Newman Government pushed ahead with this proposal in defiance of all the research done regarding whether it is environmentally or economically feasible to do what is being proposed.
“His government has consistently claimed this process was being driven by the Gold Coast City Council but clearly it is not.
“The evidence points directly at the Department of Planning and Infrastructure run by the Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney.
“There was a sham process of selecting candidates for the new casino licence on the Gold Coast. ASF China the potential proponent for the whole development has nominated a US operator for the casino.
“The over-developed proposal, which is in effect a surrogate Chinese city in the Broadwater, is a land giveaway at best and official corruption at worst.
“Local residents are all but excluded from the process with the only concession that they retain a small part of Doug Jennings Park and limited access to it on the Spit.
“The government has repeatedly claimed this is “a $14 billion project, a major benefit for the community” and part of its success strategy.
“Eighteen months ago the same department with the same fanfare accelerated the Jewell Development on Old Burleigh Rd, Broadbeach, and still nothing has happened on the site.
“Casino licences are very much sort after, but the state will not announce the major US operator touted by them and ASF China.
“During a recent study tour of USA, I learnt that in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York there are major concerns about the infiltration of organised crime from overseas entities, especially Russian.
“Currently Gold Coast Mayor Cr Tom Tate is courting many different Russian groups. The state refuses to answer my question on whom it is dealing with as the potential casino operator.
“At what point does someone say enough is enough? Let’s go back to what we do best – offer beach holidays in the sun and leave the shady deals alone?”