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Development poll doesn't faze GC mayor

AAP logoAAP 13/09/2016 Ed Jackson

Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate is confident the city's residents support a controversial multi-billion development on public land despite a poll suggesting otherwise.

The Gold Coast City Council and the Queensland government are considering a $3 billion casino and residential development on the Spit at Southport.

The council's planning committee is set to vote on Thursday on the Sunland development after deferring a vote on Tuesday to gather more information on likely traffic impacts.

Local group Save Our Broadwater, which is strongly opposed to the development, released polling data on Wednesday showing less than a third of local residents support the project.

More than 58 per cent of the 1134 people surveyed by the ReachTel poll opposed developments more than three storeys high in the area.

However, Mr Tate dismissed the poll's results, suggesting he'd pay more attention to feedback gathered by the state government than the Save Our Broadwater group.

"I did private polling before I went to the election and the wider community - in my opinion - support it," Mr Tate said.

"When the state government does the consultation process that's when we take the result more seriously."

The poll, conducted on September 12, also showed the Labor state government's poll numbers remain dire on the Gold Coast, with only 27 per cent of respondents saying they would vote for the party if a poll was held today.

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