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Mayor moves on Gold Coast cruise terminal

AAP logoAAP 13/10/2016 Scott Bailey

Gold Coast's council will next week vote on whether to move forward on a proposed ocean-side cruise ship terminal on The Spit near Sea World.

The option has been approved unanimously by an economic developments and major projects committee, in front of two other choices further north of the location at Phillip Park.

"After full council makes a decision on that I would like to see that polished up to a level where I can present it to the premier," Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said on Thursday.

"I would like to do that before the end of the year."

The location won out over options above the Spit's sand-pumping station and an extension of the rock seawall further to the north.

It had previously been the preferred option for Mr Tate, with an 800-metre jetty offshore.

Given seven councillors, not including Mr Tate, also sit on the committee which approved the location, the mayor is confident it will be voted through the 15-person council next week.

He's likely to face some opposition from Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who has already signalled her intent to have a cruise ship terminal built in Brisbane at Luggage Point.

However Mr Tate believes both could operate together.

"As people cruise from Sydney towards Brisbane, they will want to stop on the Gold Coast," he said.

"I hope Brisbane gets up.

"It would be great for the Queensland state. And I'd like to see the Gold Coast get up as well."

Mr Tate also indicated the project may not require complete funding from the state government, and he would push for its creation even if it met opposition from the Labor party.

An environment impact statement into the site is due to be completed in March 2017.

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