Surfrider Foundation Gold Coast Tweed is alarmed to hear of a new proposal for a cruise ship terminal on the Gold Coast, this time offshore. Although details are scant at this stage, the proposed project design is based on a long pier jetty sticking out from the beach at the Spit joined to some sort of north-south running breakwater structure.
While such a breakwater would be required to provide shelter to visiting ships, it would inevitably affect the swell getting into the Spit area and possibly TOS at South Straddie. While not as famous as the world-renowned TOS just over the Seaway, the Spit is one of the few breaks on the Gold Coast that is not completely knocked out when there are northerly winds blowing.
As well as the probable negative effects to the existing surf quality, Surfrider GCT is also concerned about the cruise ship terminal’s potential impacts in regard to north-south sand movement, ocean pollution, and the surrounding marine ecology (eg. whales). We await more information from Mayor Tom Tate, who introduced the proposal, and the Gold Coast City Council to address these concerns.