Good News! Cableway project to be buried if Labor forms government

Controversial Hinterland cableway project to be buried if Labor forms government

The proposed Gold Coast Skyride cableway, like this one in Cairns, will be buried if Labo

The proposed Gold Coast Skyride cableway, like this one in Cairns, will be buried if Labor manages to form government.

THE controversial $100 million cableway project will be buried if Labor manages to form government.

Gold Coast Skyride chairman Terry Jackman said the Springbrook project was dead without government support.

Labor MPs were virulently opposed to the cableway project and the LNP government failed to approve it before the election.

“I always believed the cableway would be a terrific addition to Gold Coast tourism — but it does require government approval,” Mr Jackman said.

“Principally, State Government approval.

“It is quite simple, if the government doesn’t want it we will not proceed but we need to wait to see who forms government.”

Gold Coast Skyride chairman Terry Jackman admits the Springbrook project is dead without

Gold Coast Skyride chairman Terry Jackman admits the Springbrook project is dead without government support.

Area councillor Glenn Tozer said Gold Coast Skyride was one of several high-profile projects unlikely to go ahead if Labor formed government.

“If the government does change, then it definitely could be in doubt along with other projects across the Coast,” he said.

“We will have to work out what the city priorities are in the context of the new government and what the likelihood is of seeing them funded.”

The ALP were strong critics of the cableway project when Mermaid Beach MP Ray Stevens revealed plans to State parliament in October.

In 2007, the Labor Government spent $40 million buying 705ha on Springbrook Mountain to protect the area from development.

The weekend’s massive election swing has also put a cloud over the State Government’s sale of Springbrook Manor which sits on 10ha of prime mountain real estate.

Harcourts sales agent Julie Andrews, who secured two tenders for the property, said she was devastated about results from the election.

“We have to wait and see what happens because a Labor government could potentially cancel the sale, even though we have buyers lined up,” she said.

Springbrook Manor was a significant tourism boon for the mountain until it went bust early last year.

Mr Jackman said stakeholders needed to build more tourism infrastructure to compete with markets in Singapore and Dubai, “because you can’t just sit on your hands and say we have good weather and good beach”.

“Places like Singapore and Dubai are doing some incredible things and we need to be ready to compete with them.

“The Skyride board will meet soon and we will make a decision on whether to progress after we know who is in power. It has been a very interesting six months.”

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3 comments

  • minnie molesworth

    i wonder what visitors think of our pristine heritage park when they are confronted by a barrage of ugly protest signs. seriously.
    a cableway, done correctly would reduce vehicle emissions ( apart from the 4 wheel drive petrol guzzlers driven by the residents of course)
    It would reduce road kill by having less vehicles ( apart from speeding residents, who are familiar with the road. visitors are more cautious)
    A small bus could transport cableway visitors around the mountain.
    those people who feel the mountain shouldn’t be shared by visitors should be prepared to leave the mountain. they can’t live here with their big cars and footprints banning all others.
    grow a brain

    • Hello Minnie, Thanks for your reply.

      It seems you haven’t actually visited Springbrook recently or you would know that there is no “barrage of ugly protest signs”. If you can show that there is, we would love to see a photo of them.

      Can you demonstrate how Springbrook is not being shared? There is a steady stream of accusations of the mountain being ‘locked up’. We are curious where that is happening; There is no gate. There is no toll or parking fee. There are no age or ethical restrictions. Exactly where and how are people being prevented from visiting Springbrook?

    • [UPDATE] Needless to say, the poster was a typical anonymous coward who left a fake email.

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