first_imgTwo-thirds of Gold Coast residents have shown their support for a proposed AUD$7.5 billion cruise ship terminal and resort planned for Wave Break Island in Broadwater.The Sunday Mail reported details of a poll in which 6,900 people were surveyed over four months to determine the amount of community support for the project.Of those involved, 65 per cent of Gold Coast families were supportive of the resort and cruise ship terminal.The ASD Consortium hopes Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will give the proposal a second chance following her dismissal of the plans after environmental groups campaigned against the project.Project director Tim Poole told The Sunday Mail environmental issues can only be determined once they are given approval to conduct an environmental impact study (EIS).“We have demonstrated enough support to go to the next stage,’’ Mr Poole said.“The key trends that emerged from these interactions are that the majority of the Gold Coast is supportive of the project, or are positive if an EIS allows it to proceed.“There is also around 15 per cent of the community who are ‘neutral’.“They need detailed information that can only be provided by undertaking the detailed EIS study.”Supporters of the project are aware that up to 15,200 jobs would be created if the plans are approved.Mr Poole said those opposed to the project may be concerned about environmental impact, negative changes to the Broadwater area, traffic congestion and parking.“A lot of opposition is based on perceptions rather than facts,’’ he said.“We believe these issues can be addressed through proper planning assessment.”Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinsonlast_img read more