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Queensland Opposition Vows To Fight Construction Of Cruise Ship Terminal In Gold Coast

November 16, 2012

Each cruise injury lawyer at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. has seen their share of cases regarding accidents at sea or in port. Many of these types of incidents are the result of someone’s negligence onboard the vessel or at the cruise dock, while others come about because of equipment failure. While cruise vacations can be fun and relaxing for travelers, they can also provide a level of danger that can lead to serious, if not fatal, injuries.

When a new cruise ship terminal is constructed, crewmembers are still getting used to the facilities and processes. It can get pretty hectic for both workers and travelers when a new dock is built, and some accidents may occur due to a lack of experience or safety protocols. In addition, when a new terminal is built, construction mishaps may abound.

While new ports can be a breeding grounds for incidents involving crewmembers and cruise passengers, they can also have a negative impact on the environment, which is what an Australian activist group is arguing regarding the construction of a new terminal in the Gold Coast.

The Queensland Opposition has announced it will be joining the fight to stop construction on a new cruise ship terminal in the Gold Coast Broadwater. The leader of the group, Annastacia Palaszczuk, made an appearance at the Southport Spit on Monday, Nov. 12, pledging the group’s support to the cause and standing firm on her opposition to the plan. Palaszczuk has called on Gold Coast MPs to take into account the community’s concerns over the development of what she called pristine public land at the Southport Spit.

“Queensland Labor will be standing side by side the community and we will fight this every inch of the way,” she said.

Palaszczuk explained that six years ago, a Labor government abandoned plans for a similar project in the area.

“The environmental assessment simply did not stack up,” she said.”[Former] premier Peter Beattie ruled it out and Premier Campbell Newman should rule it out as well.”

While the government isn’t keen on backing down, locals have joined forces to show their disapproval for the terminal. But while groups have banded together over their common cause, Luke Sorensen, of the Save Our Spit Alliance, says the fight to stop the project is an ongoing battle.

“They’re going to keep coming for this land to build hotels to develop it as far as they can,” he said. “Our goal is firstly, to put an end to this proposal and secondly, to protect this area for the city in the future.”

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