About 2,000 people have rallied on Queensland's Gold Coast in protest against a proposed cruise ship terminal.
The State Government and Gold Coast City Council this week called for expressions of interest from the private sector to build a cruise terminal in the Broadwater.
People came in boats and on foot waving protest signs and voicing their concerns at a park on the Spit, close to where the cruise ship terminal is planned.
David Cronin has lived on the coast for 65 years and says it would be an economic failure.
He believes cruise ship tourists do not spend money when they get off the ship.
Hundreds of people stood in line to sign a petition and high-profile surfers Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning also sent their messages of support from overseas.
Steven Gration, from the Save Our Spit Alliance, says the community is determined to be heard.
"Just because a council or a government say they want it, doesn't mean it happens," he said.
"There's eight pieces of state legislation and two pieces of federal legislation.
"There's some international treaties to do with the protection of marine and bird species that all have to be negotiated." Luke Sorenson, also from Save our Spit Alliance, says the community is having its say.
He says there is overwhelming opposition to the development on the Gold Coast.
"What has surprised us is the amount of people who have - actually rather than just having an opinion - have got up and actually coming down and signing the petitions, they're making the emails and the phone calls to go out," he said.
"It's an amazing to see that people want to get active on this."