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Fight brewing over Gold Coast Airport expansion plans Tweed Valley Weekly, Murwillumbah NSW, General News

09 Feb 2017

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Airport growth needed for Tweed's future, say locals Tweed Valley Weekly, Murwillumbah NSW, General News

09 Feb 2017

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Cruisy times for visitors in Townsville Townsville Bulletin

13 Feb 2017 11:34 PM

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Storms light up Townsville Herald Sun

15 Feb 2017 1:56 AM

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William Owen-Jones, Councillor, Gold Coast City Council, says work to duplicate the ... ABC Gold Coast, Gold Coast, 07:30 News, Newsreader

15 Feb 2017 7:34 AM

Duration: 0 min 26 secs • ASR AUD 123 • QLD • Australia • 2018 Commonwealth Games Radio & TV • ID: X00069359193 William Owen-Jones, Councillor, Gold Coast City Council, says work to duplicate the heavy rail line between Helensvale and Coomera on the Northern Gold Coast is due to be finished by early next year. He says it will form a key part of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games transport plan. Audience 8,000 ALL, 4,000 MALE 16+, 4,000 FEMALE 16+ Interviewees William Owen-Jones, Councillor, Gold Coast City Council

Airservices Australia insiders warn air-traffic job cuts are ‘huge risk to public safety’ The New Daily

15 Feb 2017 8:11 AM

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Airservices Australia insiders warn air-traffic job cuts are 'huge risk to public safety' ABC Radio Australia

15 Feb 2017 8:13 AM

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Host talks about the cost of an Uber trip from the centre of Cairns to the airport will be ... 4CA AM, Cairns, John Mackenzie, John MacKenzie

15 Feb 2017 9:06 AM

Duration: 1 min 5 secs • ASR AUD 133 • QLD • Australia • Airline/Aviation Industry News Radio & TV • ID: X00069361723 Host talks about the cost of an Uber trip from the centre of Cairns to the airport will be part of Uber's plans to launch in the far North next month. Host says Uber will launch on March 16 in Townsville. Host adds that a ridesharing app will operate in Wollongong and Hunter Valley on the same day. Host states Uber will have community information sessions for interested drivers. Host says Queensland government legalised ridesharing services last September despite disagreements from taxi operators. Audience N/A ALL, N/A MALE 16+, N/A FEMALE 16+

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Interview with Neil Hansford, Chairman, Strategic Aviation Solutions. Job cuts have left ... ABC NewsRadio, Melbourne, Mornings, Scott Wales

15 Feb 2017 9:16 AM

Duration: 5 mins 49 secs • ASR AUD 91,819 • National • Australia • Airline/Aviation Industry News Radio & TV • ID: X00069363455 Interview with Neil Hansford, Chairman, Strategic Aviation Solutions. Job cuts have left Airservices Australia in crisis with one executive telling the ABC it is only a matter of time before there is a catastrophic incident. Hansford says he has an issue because CASA and the DOT would not stand back and allow any changes to be made at Airservices. He says there are efficiency bonuses coming with new navigation systems and the integration of the airspace with the airforce. Wales asks what the 700 job cuts will mean in terms of the employment base at Airservices Australia. Hansford says he does not have any figures to show what is going to come out of the airport fire fighting service. He says it is a decision for regional operators to go to an airport where the air traffic is provided by Airservices. He says he wants to hear a comment from CASA and from the association of airlines as to what their views are. He says Australia has the safest aviation environment in the world. Audience 53,000 ALL, 34,000 MALE 16+, 19,000 FEMALE 16+ Interviewees Neil Hansford, Chairman, Strategic Aviation Solutions Also broadcast from the following 7 stations ABC NewsRadio (Sydney), ABC NewsRadio (Brisbane), ABC NewsRadio (Adelaide), ABC NewsRadio (Perth), ABC NewsRadio (Canberra), ABC NewsRadio (Newcastle), ABC NewsRadio (Gold Coast)

Interview with Patricia O’Callaghan, CEO, Townsville Enterprise.... 4CA AM, Cairns, John Mackenzie, John MacKenzie

15 Feb 2017 10:47 AM

Duration: 7 mins 31 secs • ASR AUD 925 • QLD • Australia • Sponsorship Radio & TV • ID: X00069363860 Interview with Patricia O’Callaghan, CEO, Townsville Enterprise. MacKenzie says 54 % of people believe that the Queensland Government disproportionately skews infrastructure investment towards the southeast corner at the expense of other parts of the state. He says the sentiment was particularly strong in the regions, with nearly three-quarters of respondents agree that the regions get a lousy deal but almost half of those living in Brisbane, Gold Coast ,and Sunshine Coast, also feel their areas are receiving more than a fair share. MacKenzie quotes O’Callaghan, saying the strong perception was the regions were missing out. MacKenzie says the people believe that their political representatives do not get them over the line effectively enough when they are desperate to get infrastructure benefits. O’Callaghan says in times of late, it has been apparent that the infrastructure spend is not the same as it is in the Southeast. She says they are however seeing a shift in the last 12 months. She says they currently have a infrastructure pipeline from both the State and Federal Government. MacKenzie wonders if the unemployment figures contribute to the attention being given by the Federal and State Government. O’Callaghan says the challenges they have recently have put Townsville at the forefront of the attention. She says they were clear with what they want as a region. Audience N/A ALL, N/A MALE 16+, N/A FEMALE 16+ Interviewees Patricia O’Callaghan, CEO, Townsville Enterprise

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15 Feb 2017 2:27 PM

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Pre-recorded interview with Jackie Trad, Minister for Transport and Deputy Premier. ... ABC Gold Coast, Gold Coast, Drive, Matt Webber

15 Feb 2017 5:07 PM

Duration: 3 mins 11 secs • ASR AUD 339 • QLD • Australia • Gold Coast Industry News Radio & TV • ID: X00069367890 Pre-recorded interview with Jackie Trad, Minister for Transport and Deputy Premier. Webber says the Palaszczuk Government has announced that the Coomera to Helensvale Rail Duplication project is moving along pretty well. He says construction is on track to be completed later on this year. Trad says the duplicate train line is critical as part of the transport plan for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Trad says with the duplication, they will be able to run trains during peak hours both into the Gold Coast and out up to Brisbane. She says it is the last section of single track that needs to be duplicated. She says the infrastructure project will deliver several jobs during the project timeline to the Gold Coast community. She says they are making sure that they can meet the transport task coming into the Commonwealth Games. She says they will be needing more train crew. She says she welcomed train driver trainees and guards to Qld Rail on Monday. She says they need more infrastructure and people to make sure they can fix the trains. She says with large infrastructure projects, there will be some disturbance as construction activities are undertaken. She says Qld Rail does endeavour to keep local residents informed of when loud construction activities will be undertaken. She apologises for any inconvenience that people will suffer as part of the project. Webber says Trad was alongside Tom Tate, Gold Coast mayor, Audience 3,000 ALL, 2,000 MALE 16+, 1,000 FEMALE 16+ Interviewees Jackie Trad, Minister for Transport and Deputy Premier

A second line from Coomera to Helensvale is expected to be ready this year. Work on ... Channel 7 Gold Coast, Gold Coast, Seven Local News, Rod Young

15 Feb 2017 5:34 PM

Duration: 1 min 27 secs • ASR AUD 2,726 • QLD • Australia • 2018 Commonwealth Games Radio & TV • ID: X00069369039 A second line from Coomera to Helensvale is expected to be ready this year. Work on the $163m duplication project of the rail line has passed the halfway mark, which will be done in time for the Commonwealth Games. More services will link more passengers to the Helensvale Station who can jump into the G train and take the tram to Broadbeach. One of the toughest challenges for the crew was crossing the Coomera River. Audience N/A ALL, N/A MALE 16+, N/A FEMALE 16+ Interviewees Jackie Trad, Queensland Deputy Premier|Tom Tate, Gold Coast Mayor

Mackay Airport has welcomed its newest commercial operator to the region, the ... Seven Mackay, Mackay, Seven News Mackay, Rob Brough

15 Feb 2017 6:06 PM

Duration: 1 min 30 secs • ASR AUD 832 • QLD • Australia • Airline/Aviation Industry News Radio & TV • ID: X00069369000 Mackay Airport has welcomed its newest commercial operator to the region, the helicopter company FlyOn. The company will transport specialist marine pilots to coal ships so they can navigate the vessel safely through the intricate ocean passage and avoid damage to the Great Barrier Reef. Airport operators says it is a sign of better things to come for the local aviation industry. Audience 14,000 ALL, 6,000 MALE 16+, 7,000 FEMALE 16+ Interviewees Perry Sutton, FlyOn|Rob Porter, Mackay Airport

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Police could soon have the power to stop and detain people without a warrant. It is part of ... Channel 9, Brisbane, National Nine News, Andrew Lofthouse and Melissa Downes

15 Feb 2017 6:12 PM

Duration: 0 min 37 secs • ASR AUD 7,154 • QLD • Australia • 2018 Commonwealth Games Radio & TV • ID: X00069368953 Police could soon have the power to stop and detain people without a warrant. It is part of a controversial new bill, which, if passed, would be enforced during next year's Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Officers would only be able to use their new powers at official Games venues and public transport hubs. Audience 200,000 ALL, 86,000 MALE 16+, 103,000 FEMALE 16+ Interviewees Tom Tate, Mayor, Gold Coast Also broadcast from the following 8 stations Channel 9 Gold Coast (Gold Coast North), River FM (Ipswich), Southern Cross Bundaberg (Bundaberg), Southern Cross Cairns (Cairns), Southern Cross Mackay (Mackay), Southern Cross Rockhampton (Rockhampton), Southern Cross Toowoomba (Toowoomba), Southern Cross Townsville (Townsville)

A revised $17.38m plan for the redevelopment of the Mt Gambier Airport will be ... WIN Mt Gambier, Mt Gambier, Local News Update, Newsreader

15 Feb 2017 6:48 PM

Duration: 0 min 22 secs • ASR N/A • SA • Australia • Airline/Aviation Industry News Radio & TV • ID: X00069369703 A revised $17.38m plan for the redevelopment of the Mt Gambier Airport will be presented to the State Government this week. Audience N/A ALL, N/A MALE 16+, N/A FEMALE 16+

A senior manager at the organisation responsible for air traffic control has claimed that a ... ABC, Sydney, ABC News, Juanita Phillips

15 Feb 2017 7:00 PM

Duration: 3 mins 3 secs • ASR AUD 27,593 • NSW • Australia • Airline/Aviation Industry News Radio & TV • ID: M00069373224 A senior manager at the organisation responsible for air traffic control has claimed that a major aviation incident will happen unless staffing levels are addressed. Airservices Australia has made 700 workers redundant as part of a restructuring process. Last year Melbourne was hammered by thunderstorms, causing chaos at the Airport and leaving some planes circling for 70 minutes. Staff went into overdrive at the National Operations Centre in Canberra and say job losses are a safety risk. Audience 174,000 ALL, 80,000 MALE 16+, 90,000 FEMALE 16+ Interviewees Ben Morgan, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association|Jason Harfield, Airservices Australia CEO|Nick Xenophon, Leader, Nick Xenophon Party Also broadcast from the following 1 station ABC (Regional NSW)

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A senior manager at the organisation responsible for air traffic control has claimed that a ... ABC, Brisbane, ABC News, Karina Carvalho

15 Feb 2017 7:06 PM

Duration: 3 mins 3 secs • ASR AUD 20,753 • QLD • Australia • Airline/Aviation Industry News Radio & TV • ID: M00069373534 A senior manager at the organisation responsible for air traffic control has claimed that a major aviation incident will happen unless staffing levels are addressed. Airservices Australia has made 700 workers redundant as part of a restructuring process. Last year Melbourne was hammered by thunderstorms, causing chaos at the Airport and leaving some planes circling for 70 minutes. Staff went into overdrive at the National Operations Centre in Canberra and say job losses are a safety risk. Audience 135,000 ALL, 62,000 MALE 16+, 70,000 FEMALE 16+ Interviewees Ben Morgan, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association|Jason Harfield, Airservices Australia CEO|Nick Xenophon, Leader, Nick Xenophon Party Also broadcast from the following 1 station ABC (Regional Queensland)

PLANS TO FIRE UP NORTH Courier Mail, Brisbane, General News, Peter Michael

16 Feb 2017

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TOP FIVE TO LIFT REGION Cairns Post, Cairns, General News, Peter Michael

16 Feb 2017

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Regions ready to build Courier Mail, Brisbane, Edition Changes, Daryl Passmore

16 Feb 2017

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Terror powers for Games Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD, General News, Kathleen Skene

16 Feb 2017

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World of difference Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD, General News

16 Feb 2017

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Games to track media Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD, General News, Alister Thomson

16 Feb 2017

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Duplicate rail line on track Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD, General News, Andrew Potts

16 Feb 2017

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Glitz makes way for the 'real deal' Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD, General News, Kathleen Skene

16 Feb 2017

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Broadbeach set to make $126,000 impression Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD, General News, Lea Emery

16 Feb 2017

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Residents fire up over Spit Gold Coast Sun - Central, Gold Coast QLD, Regional Changes - South

16 Feb 2017

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ACTION CALL Gold Coast Sun - Central, Gold Coast QLD, Regional Changes - South, Bob Anthony

16 Feb 2017

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Almost $5m in Federal Government funding has been allocated to upgrade airports in the ... ABC Western Queensland, Longreach, 06:30 News, Newsreader

16 Feb 2017 6:32 AM

Duration: 0 min 37 secs • ASR AUD 152 • QLD • Australia • Airline/Aviation Industry News Radio & TV • ID: X00069373643 Almost $5m in Federal Government funding has been allocated to upgrade airports in the North West. Mornington Island Council CEO Frank Mills says they will receive $3m to improve the airstrip and aerodrome. Audience N/A ALL, N/A MALE 16+, N/A FEMALE 16+ Interviewees Frank Mills, CEO, Mornington Island Council Also broadcast from the following 1 station ABC North West Qld (Mt Isa)

The airline Regional Express has threatened to downgrade services to the far south ... ABC Riverina, Wagga Wagga, 06:30 News, Newsreader

16 Feb 2017 6:32 AM

Duration: 0 min 50 secs • ASR AUD 103 • NSW • Australia • Airline/Aviation Industry News Radio & TV • ID: X00069372218 The airline Regional Express has threatened to downgrade services to the far south coast of plan to continue the upgrade of Merimbula airport and runway push through. This issue is in line with the airline's dispute over airport fees in Wagga Wagga. The council of Bega Valley Shire says that the upgrade will go ahead while Chairman of Strategic Aviation Solutions Neil Hansford says deregulation could spell the end of the service. Audience N/A ALL, N/A MALE 16+, N/A FEMALE 16+ Interviewees Neil Hansford, chairman, Strategic Aviations Solutions

The Federal Government has allocated nearly $24,000 to help fence the Morven Airport ... ABC Western Queensland, Longreach, 06:30 News, Newsreader

16 Feb 2017 6:32 AM

Duration: 0 min 32 secs • ASR AUD 132 • QLD • Australia • Airline/Aviation Industry News Radio & TV • ID: X00069373678 The Federal Government has allocated nearly $24,000 to help fence the Morven Airport in South West Qld, which is an initiative of the Local Progress Association. Murweh Shire Mayor Annie Liston says the council will also contribute funds to make it safer for aircrafts to land at the airport. Audience N/A ALL, N/A MALE 16+, N/A FEMALE 16+ Interviewees Annie Liston, Mayor, Murweh Shire Council Also broadcast from the following 1 station ABC North West Qld (Mt Isa)

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09 Feb 2017 Tweed Valley Weekly, Murwillumbah NSW Section: General News • Article type : News Item • Classification : Regional Audience : 24,000 • Page: 5 • Printed Size: 324.00cm² • Market: NSW Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 1,019 • Words: 770 • Item ID: 728414972

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Fight brewing over Gold Coast Airport expansion plans A FIGHT is brewing between the Gold Coast Airport and Tweed Shire Council after proposed changes to the airport layout under the Draft Preliminary Gold Coast Airport 2017 Master Plan revealed unacceptable impacts to Tweed residents, according to Deputy Mayor Chris Cherry and Mayor Katie Milne. Council voted against supporting the Airport's Draft Plan during the Ordinary Meeting on Thursday, February 2. The plan specifies the need to relocate runway 32 up to 300 metres south to complete the airport's instrument landing system (ILS), which assists aircraft to land during heavy rain, low visibility or at night. The plan also outlines a range of new facilities at the airport including a newly proposed undercover parking lot, airport bridges and extensions to taxiways and aprons for additional aircraft movements. According to the plan, during the next two decades the number of passengers arriving at the Gold Coast Airport will rise from six million people currently per year to around 16 million people, making the airport one of Australia's busiest. The Weekly has also researched the Draft Master Plan 2017 and found that if you live in Banora Point there are currently 50 flights a day over the 70-decibel (dB) noise threshold. The 70dB threshold is calculated by the level of a noise event likely to interfere with conversation, or listening to radio or television, with the fabric of a house attenuating an average of 15dB. However, by 2047 there are parts of Banora and Tweed South that are projected to have 200 flights per day registering above 70Db and parts of Tweed West will rise from 20 to 100 flights per day above the threshold. In its response to the Gold Coast Airport (GCA), Council said in the interests of residential amenity for Tweed residents, "Council strongly reaffirms its position of opposition to any runway extension and reminds the GCA that the site is constrained by its proximity to high density residential and environmentally significant lands". "Council does not support the relocation of the runway 32 landing threshold 300m south and notes GCA's continued annual growth in passenger numbers under the current operational length of the runway," the response reads. In its response to the plan, "Council requests that information is provided on the Obstacle Limitation Surface (OLS) required for the proposed relocation in regard to its further impact on the environment." "It is requested that all lands effected by PFAS be immediately remediated and management strategies developed for

containment of affected surface and groundwater with monitoring programs and sampling results provided to council and state authorities." Council also reaffirmed its previous submission that environmental offsets should be located within the Cobaki Broadwater. Those for the carried motion included Cr Reece Byrnes, Cr Chris Cherry, Cr Ron Cooper and Cr Katie Milne. Those against the refusal response included Cr Warren Polglase, Cr James Owen and Cr Pryce Allsop. The Weekly sent Gold Coast Airport's Chief Operating Officer Marion Charlton several questions regarding Tweed Shire Council's response as well as what Mrs Charlton would like to say to Banora Point residents. Mrs Charlton said the feedback from Council was "disappointing in light of the significant economic benefits generated by the airport for northern NSW". Mrs Charlton also pointed out that the final decision would res rest with the Federal Government. "We are committed to engaging and working proactively wit with Councils on both sides of the border," Mr Charlton said. "While the decision to approve the Master Plan sits with th the Federal Government's Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, we want to work proactively with all levels of government. "Our team is collaborating with Tweed Shire Council management to develop employment generating activities surrounding the airport as identified in the Tweed Shire Economic Development Strategy. "We also work closely with local tourism bodies and understand those in northern New South Wales recognise an and appreciate the importance of the airport's economic injection to the region." The economic impact of Gold Coast Airport's operations iin 2016 is $545 million with an anticipated growth to $2.3 billion by 2037. In the 12 months to March 2016, more than 227,000 international passengers who flew into Gold Coast Airport visited northern NSW. Locals make up 38-per-cent of Gold Coast Airport's passengers and of these 26 per cent live in NSW The airport supported 2037 on-airport jobs in 2016, and it iis estimated that 20-30 per cent of those employed live in the Twee Tweed region. By 2037, it is expected the airport will support almost 9000 jobs. Gold Coast Airport has dedicated 25-per-cent of its 371 ha sit site (94ha) to conservation by implementing the Cobaki Environment Precinct Management Plan.


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Airport growth needed for Tweed's future, say locals TWEED SHIRE Councillor James Owen has slammed a resolution opposing the Gold Coast Airport's expansion plans, saying Tweed businesses rely on the airport as an economic driver now and into the future. Cr Owen, who voted against the motion, said in his personal opinion he found it alarming the Council's view that "due to the impact on residential amenity and the environment council opposes the increase in passenger numbers from 6 million existing to 16 million in this plans lifetime". "I do not oppose the growth in increased passengers - many of those additional 10 million passengers will bring their dollars, yen, euros, yuan and pounds to Tweed," he said. "They will spend them in our hotels, cafes, shops and businesses. "The resolution effectively says that we do no support jobs, tourism and our local businesses and the livelihoods of our families. "The Gold Coast Airport is the key to the future prosperity of the region. The Airport was a major factor in my own decision to move to the area and I speak to people and business owners all the time who tell me how important it is to their businesses and livelihoods." Cr Owen said Tweed's population will increase by 40 per

Cr Owen said Tweed's population will increase by 40 per cent over the next 20 years. "We need the jobs, services and infrastructure to support this growth - otherwise our unemployment, poverty and homeless rates, which are already high, will continue to grow. "When it comes to more jobs for Tweed, the smart money is on Tourism. The tourist dollar goes further than any other industry dollar. There were suggestions that The Tweed Tourism Industry does not need to rely on the Airport to grow and that the additional tourists could come by train! What train?! - The only train likely to come to Tweed anytime soon is the Hogwarts express." The Weekly also spoke to local business owners including Lee Eyre, who said although it would be best to wait for all water testing and other reports to be finalised, she supports the future growth of the airport. "I really hope Council and the Gold Coast Airport can work this out," she said. "The airport has always been helpful to local tourism operators who depend on it for their livelihoods." Other operators told The Weekly that growth at the airport was "inevitable" with the 2018 Commonwealth Games.


16 Feb 2017 Courier Mail, Brisbane Author: Peter Michael • Section: General News • Article type : News Item Classification : Capital City Daily • Audience : 144,788 • Page: 14 Printed Size: 1323.00cm² • Market: QLD • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 23,236 Words: 681 • Item ID: 729020996 Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

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PLANS TO FIRE UP NORTH It’s ready and raring to go with a $1b tourism push

Top 5 hitlist to transform the tourist centre into the world’s most liveable tropical city. Blessed with reef and rainforest, city leaders are lobbying for a convention centre, aviation, shipping, transport, and CBD projects to polish the jewel in the nation’s tourism crown. As the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, the mojo is back in the far-north Queensland sugar port with almost $1 billion worth of tourism developments slated for construction after a hiatus of almost 20 years of no new luxury resorts. “Tourism is the great renewable energy,’’ Cairns Mayor Bob Manning told The Courier-Mail in an exclusive interview. “You don’t dig it up, you don’t burn it, it doesn’t pollute, it is something for everyone to enjoy.” Latest figures show the city is Australia’s fastest-growing tourist destination, enjoying a three-year surge in visitors. “Cairns is on the doorstep to Asia, just a seven-hour flight from China, and is home to the world’s oldest rainforest, big-

gest coral reef, and longest-living culture,” he said. “Tourism operators report our best season yet and we are on the cusp of a new era of jobs, development and growth.’’ City leaders, and a recent public poll, voiced universal support for a diversified economy beyond tourism to promote population growth and truly become the “world’s most ost liveable veab e tropical t op ca city”. c ty .

Higher education at two u university campuses, research hubs, agriculture, health and h sshipping are touted as other key pillars of the economy. k But there is also a sense the ffar-north is ripped off. “This region’s spend per capita is the lowest to second lowest in the state when it comes to State Government capital expenditure,’’ the Mayor said. “We think we deserve a fair go, while we are yet to see anything good come out of all that talk about northern Australia development and Asia’s food bowl.’’ The list of priorities that the Cairns Regional Council and local business leaders will lobby the State Government to deliver ahead of the election later this year includes: • Cairns Convention Centre expansion: Plans for a $140 million expansion include a third conference hall and new exhibition space to capitalise on the world-class reputation of the inner-city venue.

• Aviation support: China Southern, based in Guangzhou, is the latest airline to be feted over a direct route from China to Cairns. Top-level talks hinge on cash incentives by the State Government to “de-risk” the first three years

of operational start-up costs of airlines adding new routes. • Cairns Shipping Development Project: Plans include significant widening and deepening of the shipping channel in a controversial dredging program to support growing cruise ship visits to the Port of Cairns. The HMAS Cairns navy base expansion and offshore patrol vessel maintenance flags the dredging as a critical infrastructure project. • Transport: The State Government is to be lobbied to urgently upgrade the Captain Cook Highway and Cairns Western Arterial Road and fund a $250,000 longterm transport strategy to look at alternate transport modes, such as bus, light rail, rail and cycle options as the urban footprint expands to the north and south of the CBD. • CBD revitalisation: The $18.8m Shields Street Heart project is overhauling the strip linking the city to the Esplanade and popular Lagoon on the waterfront.


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WARM WELCOME: Liv Einema (left) and Anna Brugrand from Norway enjoy the picturesque Hastings Reef off Cairns. Picture: Brian Cassey


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TOP FIVE TO LIFT REGION Call for state to support key sectors for growth

CAIRNS has a top five hit list to transform the tourist centre into the world’s most liveable tropical city. Blessed with Reef and rainforest, city leaders are lobbying for convention centre, aviation, shipping, transport and CBD projects to polish the jewel in the nation’s tourism crown. As the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, the mojo is back with almost $1 billion worth of tourism developments slated for construction after a hiatus of almost 20 years of no new luxury resorts. “Tourism is the great renewable energy,’’ Cairns Mayor Bob Manning said. “You don’t dig it up, you don’t burn it, it doesn’t pollute, it is something for everyone to enjoy.” Latest figures show the city is Australia’s fastest-growing tourist destination, enjoying a three-year surge in visitors. “Cairns is on the doorstep to Asia, just a seven-hour flight from China, and is home to the world’s oldest rainforest, biggest coral reef and longest-living culture,” Cr Manning said. “Tourism operators report our best season yet and we are

development and growth.’’ City leaders and a recent public poll voiced universal support for a diversified economy beyond tourism to promote population growth and truly become the “world’s most liveable tropical city”. Higher education at two university campuses, research hubs, agriculture, health and shipping are touted as other key pillars of the economy. But there is also a sense the Far North is ripped off. “This region’s spend per capita is the lowest to second lowest in the state when it comes to State Government capital expenditure,’’ the mayor said. “We think we deserve a fair go, while we are yet to see anything good come out of all that talk about northern Australia development and Asia’s food bowl.’’ The list of priorities that Cairns Regional Council and local business leaders will lobby the State Government to deliver includes:  Cairns Convention Centre expansion: Plans for a $140 million expansion include a third conference hall and new

exhibition space to capitalise on the reputation of the venue.  Aviation support: China Southern, based in Guangzhou, is the latest airline to be feted over a direct route from China to Cairns. Top-level talks hinge on cash incentives by the State Government to “de-risk” the first three years of operational start-up costs of airlines adding new routes. •Cairns Shipping Development Project: Plans include significant widening and deepening of the shipping channel in a controversial dredging program to support growing cruise ship visits to the Port of Cairns. The HMAS Cairns navy base expansion and offshore patrol vessel maintenance flags the dredging as a critical infrastructure project. •Transport: The State Government is to be lobbied to upgrade the Captain Cook Highway and Cairns Western Arterial Road and fund a $250,000 long-term transport strategy to look at alternative transport modes, such as bus, light rail, rail and cycle options as the urban footprint expands north and south of the CBD.  CBD revitalisation: The $18.8m Shields Street Heart


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project is overhauling the strip linking the city to the Esplanade and popular Lagoon on the waterfront.

CAMPAIGN HAS OUR BACKING COMMENT

JENNIFER SPILSBURY

OUR POWER

REGIONS BY THE NUMBERS

Population...................174,698 Average annual population growth past 5 years ......... 1.5% Predicted population in 2026 ....................... 207,294 Unemployment rate……..7.8% Youth unemployment...26.3% Working people .........109,900 Change during 2016…+2,100 Average house price................. ..................................$395,000 Five-year change.............+10% Gross Regional Product $8.21billion (2014-15) – down $330m on previous year

CONGRATULATIONS to our big sister publication The Courier Maill for its latest campaign, GoQld, which kicked off on Monday. It’s shining a light on the economic and political disconnect between regional Queensland and Brisbane. Region by region the big paper from the big smoke is analysing the great divide in our state and today its focus is on Cairns. The feature reenforces and underscores everything the Cairns Post has reported to date and throws weight behind our awardwinning campaign of 2016, Fair Go. Together, it’s a powerful message we’re telling our politicians in the big smoke. GoCairns, GoQld. jennifer.spilsbury@news.com.au

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snorkel at Hastings Reef.

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Regions ready to build Coastal cities show signs g of revival in construction sector DARYL PASSMORE CONFIDENCE in the building industry is rising right across Queensland – despite 90 per cent of all home construction being in the southeast corner. Master Builders Queensland’s Industry Outlook report for 2017 forecasts 43,000 dwelling commencements this year, only slightly down from the record 48,200 last year. “The industry heads into 2017 riding high on record building approvals and a strong pipeline of work,” the report says. But it highlights the stark gulf between Brisbane, the Gold and Sunshine coasts and the rest of the state. “Ninety per cent of all dwelling approvals were in southeast Queensland last year,” Master Builders deputy chief executive Paul Bidwell said. The area accounts for just 60 per cent of the state’s population. It was being driven by the boom in apartments and unit building – which overtook detached houses for the first time last year. Despite the recent concentration of work in Brisbane and the surrounding coastal cities, however, Mr Bidwell said Master Builders’ latest industry survey for the three months to December – to be released over the next few days – will show “a

major shift in mood around the state”. “The resource regions of central Queensland, Mackay, Whitsunday and north Queensland have finally enjoyed large improvements during the December quarter, despite starting at a low base,” the report says. Optimism for the next 12 months is up in every region and is now highest in Cairns, followed by Mackay and Townsville. It was prompted by increased coal mining activity, vast improvements in tourism, upcoming projects such as the new stadium in Townsville and hope that Adani’s Carmichael mine will go ahead. The $200 million Works for Queensland grants program recently announced by the State Government to upgrade buildings and facilities, creating 600 jobs, in regional areas had also been welcomed, Mr Bidwell said.

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Terror powers for Games KATHLEEN SKENE

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POLICE will be allowed to scan Gold Coast streets with X-ray trucks, search people, vehicles and buildings without a warrant and deploy firearms and explosives detection dogs under new laws created for the Commonwealth Games. The powers extend beyond key Games venues and into public transport, pedestrian routes and wider areas where spectators might gather – potentially including more than 100km of local roads where events such as the triathlon, marathon and road cycling will draw crowds. Police will be allowed to conduct electronic searches of vehicles, including deployment of Backscatter X-ray vans. The vans are used by border-protection agencies in Europe and by the New York Police Department, which was last year forced by a court to display signs warning the public of the radiation risk. The new laws would also grant use of the extended powers in “protective security zones”, which are yet to be designated, and remove a requirement for police to register every search they make of a person, vehicle or building in the zones. The release from this paperwork at major events would become permanent law after the Games, while the other powers expire a week after the closing ceremony. Police Minister Mark Ryan introduced a Bill to amend the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act, saying the measures would ensure public safety. “Protective security zones

will be required to protect areas adjoining entry points to prescribed major event areas, designated pedestrian routes from transport hubs to venues, park-and-ride locations and areas adjacent to road-based fields of play, for example, the triathlon and marathon,” he told Parliament. Police in the zones will also

have the power to inspect possessions; stop, detain and search vehicles; give directions; and enter and search buildings in a protective security zone without a warrant. Homes can only be searched with consent of the resident or if police believe there is an imminent threat inside. Mr Ryan said the exemption for police from registering searches would save time. “Recording these searches could lead to significant delays in the security processing of persons entering major event areas and distract officers from core policing responsibilities,” he said. “Given the increasing threat of terrorism and the attractiveness of large public events as terror targets, it is expected that police officers may more frequently use the search powers in the Major Events Act to ensure major event areas remain as safe and secure as possible.”


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World of difference Housing developer builds head of steam as state market heats up JENNY ROGERS JENNY.ROGERS@NEWS.COM.AU

THE Queensland market is set to fire after a sluggish couple of years. And Villa World tips its flagship Gold Coast projects to be star performers. The Broadbeach-based housing developer posted a first-half net profit of $19.6 million compared with $20.4 million a year earlier. Villa World boss Craig Treasure says the company is counting on a strong second half to lift full-year results thanks to a record number of carried-forward sales. Villa World had 554 carried-forward sales contracts, valued about $192 million, compared with the usual level of 350, he said. This prompted it to hike FY17 full-year net-profit guidance to $37.5 million, up 11 per cent on FY16’s $33.7 million. “For us it is all about growth and the strength of our sales pipeline,” he said. “We acquired nearly 1500 lots in the half and have a sales pipeline of five to six years. “Our yield and share price have been described as compelling and hard to ignore. We believe delivering strong profit and earnings per share growth makes us a pretty compelling company to invest in.” Mr Treasure said Villa World had delivered compound earnings per share

growth of 15 per cent year on year since 2014. “Our shareholders should be happy,” he said. “This is not a step change, it is four years of strong growth in our revenue, profits and dividends.” He said the Queensland market, particularly in the Brisbane-Gold Coast corridor, was set to deliver benefits for Villa World, driven by record tourism growth and increased confidence. Queensland dominated the company’s revenue gains, contributing 84 per cent this half-year, compared with 86 per cent in 1H16. “The last couple of years we hit all our targets in Queensland but it has been hard work to get there,” Mr Treasure said. “This year we are feeling the Queensland economy is set to fire. “The last couple of years Queensland felt like the poor cousin to the Sydney and Melbourne housing market but we think that is about to change.” With Sydney housing prices double that of Queensland, Mr Treasure tips the return of interstate migration to southeast Queensland. He said Villa World was looking forward to releasing new projects at Logan, and Arundel Springs, on the Gold Coast, and he expected strong market conditions would continue to drive sales. Mr Treasure said Villa World would continue to consolidate its growth base in

Queensland as well as diversify its profile across Victoria and NSW. In the half year to December 31, Villa World acquired 1496 lots for a total portfolio of 6386 lots, representing about 5.4 years of sales stock. It declared an interim fully franked 8¢ dividend. Shares in Villa World closed 3¢ higher at $2.43.


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Villa World CEO and managing director Craig Treasure with CFO Paulene Henderson.

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ALISTER THOMSON ALISTER THOMSON ALISTER.THOMSON@NEWS.COM.AU

THE Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Corporation has scored a coup, inking a deal with Isentia, one of AsiaPacific’s largest media gathering services. The deal means GOLDOC has the use of Isentia’s extensive network to analyse and evaluate media coverage up to and during the Games in April next year. It also will identify key media markets and track consumer sentiment. Isentia, which listed on the ASX in 2014, gathers news and data from 5000 mainstream media outlets, 55,000 news sources and 3.4 million user-generated content sources such as Facebook and Twitter across 12 languages. It has 1200 staff in 15 countries including Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore. GOLDOC chief executive Mark Peters said the data would be used to assess the success of its campaigns and other areas such as ticketing. “As we get closer to April 4, 2018, this real-time data will become even more valuable,” he said. “With just 412 days to go, planning for the Games is well and truly on track.” GOLDOC general manager of commercial and marketing Cameron Murray said media coverage would be of the utmost importance to the success of the Games. “How the media are reporting the Games and how the public perceive the Games are crucial factors to our overall success on many

levels,” he said. “We’re keenly aware of the interest in GC2018 and as we get closer to showtime and have a number of key campaigns in play, we need that information and analysis which shows how we’re tracking and where we need to improve. “Isentia have a range of services which we’ll use. They’re at the forefront of their industry.” Isentia chief executive of media intelligence Sean Smith said the information would help GOLDOC make “smarter decisions”. “We’re proud to be working with GOLDOC and excited to use our worldleading media intelligence services to make GC2018, which is the largest sporting event in Australia this decade, a world-class event.” Mr Smith said the information would help GOLDOC use its marketing resources more efficiently. “They will use the data to help understand where they are gaining traction and maybe whether they have to put more effort into a particular market.” The deal is the third sponsorship announcement this month, following Swiss watch brand Longines as timekeeper and Hard Yakka as uniform provider. GOLDOC was an Isentia customer prior to the sponsorship deal. Isentia research showed there were 3000 news articles about the Games mascot Borobi.

Sean Smith.

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Isentia will deliver cutting-edge media intelligence services for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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Duplicate rail line on track ANDREW POTTS CONSTRUCTION of the $163 million Gold Coast rail line’s duplication will be completed by the end of the year. A new bridge is being built over the Coomera River to create a second rail line, with the link set to be completed in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said the duplication filled in the last missing link of the Brisbane-Gold Coast line and that it, along with the second stage of the light rail, would prove the major people-mover for the Games. Ms Trad said she was confident there would be more than enough drivers and rolling stock to cater for increased services on the line. “This bridge over the Coomera River will be longest, spanning 860m and is a major engineering task,’’ Ms Trad said. “The complex task of building the bridge across the 220m wide section of river has begun, with marine piling works expected to continue until the end of this month. “When this project is complete seven piers will be constructed in the river.” Ms Trad yesterday inspected the works with Mayor Tom Tate.

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EXCLUSIVE It’s not Hogees, Hemsworth or Lara. So who is the star of the new Gold Coast tourism campaign? GOLD COAST QUEENS QUEENSLAN LANDD

Scenes from the new Gold Coast Tourism campaign.

IT BLOODY WELL IS YOU

LARA Bingle famously asked tourists, “Where the bloody hell are you?” Chris Hemsworth reckoned, “Australia isn’t just a place you see, it’s a place you feel”. And Paul Hogan promised to slip an extra shrimp on the barbie for visitors. Now Gold Coasters will have to come up with their own personal tourism slogan after becoming stars of the city’s new celebrity-free marketing push. The aim is to give visitors an authentic taste of the city and the chance to live like a local. KATHLEEN SKENE reports on P4-5


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Glitz makes way for the ‘real deal’

Authentic approach aims to lure visitors KATHLEEN SKENE CHIEF REPORTER LIVE like a local is the new Famous for Fun as Gold Coast Tourism seeks to shed the city’s one-dimensional Glitter Strip image and sell the region for its vibrant and dynamic culture. The multimillion-dollar new marketing campaign, to be launched at a VIP party tonight, is a celebrity-free zone, relying instead on authentic photos of residents enjoying the rich lifestyle offered by the young beachside city. Departing sharply from previous bold and bikini-based campaigns, this one steers clear of a single slogan and draws on several subtler messages, highlighting the city’s lesser-known strengths as a place to live, study, work, invest and holiday. Instead of professional actors, people were cast from local streets, with raw photos chosen over highly-polished images. Among the lines set to feature in a television commercial

and other advertising, is “We are not the place you used to know, or think we might be” as marketers attempt to reposition the city’s image. Gold Coast Tourism chief marketing officer Jan Hutton said the Destination Gold Coast brand would resonate better with modern travellers than its dated predecessor. “Without doubt, the timing was right to invest in the future of our $5 billion tourism industry and the 30,000 people it employs,” she said. “More than just a television commercial and a new logo, this brand platform is a fundamental shift.” Ms Hutton said the campaign would challenge outdated perceptions of the city as a destination. “We’re all storytellers at heart and the people of the Gold Coast are the heart of our new destination brand,” she said. “It’s about conversations

and relationships more than just campaigns. “It is our collective promise of what people experience here, and how they feel when they’re on the Gold Coast.” Industry heavyweights including Mantra boss Bob East, convention centre head Adrienne Readings, Dreamworld’s Craig Davidson and Mayor Tom Tate have backed the plan. Ms Hutton said the brand was part of a wider strategy towards 2020 and that it made the Gold Coast’s people its primary product. “Creating an authentic, compelling destination brand is vital to our success.” The brand will replace the Famous for Fun tagline introduced in October 2010 and is one of the organisation’s key priorities in its 2017-21 plan.

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The people of the Gold Coast are the heart of our new brand JAN HUTTON


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G ldCoast C l l are ini authentic h i images i h i our lifestyle lif l ini the h new tourism i campaign. i Gold locals showing

GOLD COAST No one knows the Coast better than our readers. Here are some of the best experiences as voted by you... EATS Breakfast: Providore at Marina has an exquisite menu including truffled polenta with sweet potato, grilled asparagus and poached egg with fresh parmesan and citrus olive oil. Coffee: Paradox Coffee Roasters at Surfers Paradise serves the highestquality coffee from around the world. Burger: Betty’s Burgers knows just how to mix simplicity and refinement.

FUN Beach: With 21 unique beaches, there’s a slice of paradise for everyone. Wildlife: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has tourists and locals going out on a limb for their intimate koala experience. Nightlife: The Bedroom in Surfers Paradise State is the premium venue for club goers.

ACTIVE Stand up paddle boarding: Start at a moderate pace with stand up paddle boarding at Tallebudgera, Budds Beach or Cudgen Creek. Surfing: Pick up some speed surfing at Snapper Rocks with Mick Fanning, Burleigh Heads or Currumbin Creek. Golf: If you fear water, ponder a game of golf at The Grand Golf Club, Gilston or at any of our 35 pristine courses.

LUXURY Fine Dining: The Fish House is in a league of its own, introducing a style of dining that put the Gold Coast on the food map nationally and sparked the beginning of a dining revolution. Hotels: Designer by name and by nature, Palazzo Versace has an exclusive waterfront setting, opulent accommodation, spectacular architecture, and a touch of glamour.

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ROBIN O’REILLY 65, Burleigh “Go for walks – there are three walking tracks in Burleigh – or sit under a tree and watch the sunset.”

BETTY KEAYS 85, Tallebudgera “Go to Tallebudgera Valley for a picnic and to David Fleay Wildlife Park to see the animals.”

LOCALS’ TOP TIPS FOR TOURISTS BURLEIGH HEADLAND, YESTERDAY 11.30AM LAUREN O’ROURKE 34, Mermaid Beach “Buy local, whether it’s food or coffee, and see the fire twirlers at Burleigh on Sundays.”

TIERNAN O’ROURKE 39, Mermaid Beach “Get outside as much as you can and take advantage of free weekend activities.”

CHRISTINE DE BRITO 71, Burleigh “Enjoy our unique food and walk from North Burleigh to the headland once a week.”

MARIA TAIT 21, Coomera “Enjoy nature; go for walks along the beach, keep active and embrace the lifestyle.”

AMANDA SUTTON 55, Tugun “There are lots of hidden gems on the Gold Coast so take time to find the good places to experience local food and brews.”

JOSH BAKARICH 24, Coomera “Try different things every weekend, there’s too much to do on the Gold Coast to be doing the same thing twice.”


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Broadbeach set to make $126,000 impression

LEA EMERY

A SIGN which lights up in a myriad different colours will cost Gold Coast City Council more than $126,000 to welcome people to Broadbeach. The 3.5m sign is set to be erected on the Gold Coast Highway between the casino and convention centre once the old monorail track is dismantled. Councillor Paul Taylor said he asked officers to look into a design after seeing the success of similar gateway projects in cities across the world. “I just thought we needed to have a bit of a statement there ahead of the Commonwealth Games,” he said. Broadbeach will host the

media centre during the Games and be a major hub for tourists. The sign is part of a council program to give small areas a facelift. Other projects include $20,000 for artwork to be installed on the roundabout near the Southport Library, $25,000 to light trees and a sign in Pimpama near the Whistlestop Cafe and $43,000 to create an entry statement on the Jacob Wells Rd roundabout. The place-making project is also planning a $85,000 upgrade to the Surfers Paradise CBD and a $40,000 upgrade to Tedder Ave, Main Beach. Surfers Paradise and Main Beach councillor Gary Baildon said plans were in the early stages with council officers talking to businesses in the area.

An artist's impression of the Broadbeach sign.


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Residents fire up over Spit

RE Richard Durham’s letter in the Gold Coast Sun, January 25. Richard, there are many false and misleading stories about Southport Spit mainly put about by the ‘anti’ everything to do with the Spit committee. Please feel free to double check my answers to your questions. The sailing boat Wild Oats draws 19.39ft and weighs in at 32 tonnes. The cruise ship Voyager of the Seas draws 22ft and weighs 158,000 tonnes. The mean depth of the Gold Coast Seaway is 36ft. I am not a marine engineer so I have no explanation for why both can’t come through the Seaway but maybe it’s a safety factor that’s required. The Southport Spit is crown land and was formed in 1897 when the surf broke through separating North and South Stradbroke Islands. The Seaway was built in 1986 creating Wavebreak Island. The bitumen road was built by Keith Williams as part of the contract to build Sea World. Everything you see now was manmade. The Spit was a sand spit with no vegetation. The Gold Coast’s economy is built on tourists. We need a cruise ship terminal. Not a casino, not a huge development. Just a good looking terminal. BOB CHAPEL Southport


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GECKO push for pressure on airport chemcial testing

ACTION CALL

THE Gold Coast’s leading environmental group is questioning why Queensland Government departments aren’t following their NSW counterparts in seeking more testing for contaminants around Gold Coast Airport.

BOB ANTHONY reports, page 3

Queensland drags testing chain BOB ANTHONY BOB.ANTHONY@NEWS.COM.AU

QUEENSLAND Government departments should take a leaf out of their NSW counterparts’ books when it comes to testing for chemical contaminants around the Gold Coast Airport. That’s the view of Gold Coast environmental group GECKO’s president, Lois Levy, who believes that rather than waiting for Airservices Australia to conduct more tests, the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and the Queensland Health Department should respond to community concerns and force the issue with the federal organisation. “Looking at what is happening across the border, with the NSW Environment Protection Agency and the Department of Primary Industries who have sought further testing for PFOS/ PFOA contamination,’’ Ms Levy said. ‘‘Queensland departments seem to be dragging the chain. “It is not satisfactory and given that independent results from residents living outside the airport have shown the presence of contaminants, there is a real need to find out to what extent those levels are. “At the very least, the departments should issue advisories regarding the

use of groundwater until testing can prove that is safe or otherwise.” In response to the Sun’s questions regarding the matter of testing, the Queensland Department and Environment and Heritage Protection said in a statement that it was monitoring the continuing issue of PFAS contamination at Defence and civilian airports and its potential to affect health and the environment. “The Federal Government had ultimate responsibility for PFAS contamination at Defence sites and civilian airports, and also off-site where contamination was likely to have extended beyond site boundaries,” the statement said. “It was the Queensland Government’s expectation that as the work progresses, the Federal Government would honour its responsibility and undertake any remedial action that is required. “The Queensland Government had received initial results from testing last year and had asked to be kept informed of the results and any key developments. It had been consistently calling on Airservices Australia, as the agency

nation, to take action.” Ms Levy said the EHP should be more assertive and called for sustained testing of groundwater over a period of time, such as a number of months, to get a consistent result which covered different seasons. “This is not just about what is going on within the airport boundaries but also outside,” she said. “We have concerns about construction sites along Bilinga where excavations require water to be pumped out to allow for underground carparks etc. “That water usually ends up in the stormwater drains and then out to sea.” Friends of Currumbin secretary Gloria baker said on behalf of the collective community groups of the southern Gold Coast, she called up McPherson MP Karen Andrews to follow up on what she has said on radio and pressure Airservices Australia to hold community meetings to inform the public on the testing results and what action would be carried out in the future. A Tugun Community Gardens spokeswoman has moved to allay fears regarding the use of groundwater on the site. Grants


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officer Di Gunther said in response to some concerns by members, the organisation arranged for it own independent testing and the results had come back showing the water was safe and within Australian guidelines. Ms Gunther said the community gardens used both spear pump water and raintank water.

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