Opposition vows to fight Gold Coast cruise ship terminal

The Queensland Opposition has promised to fight moves to build a cruise ship terminal in the Gold Coast Broadwater.

Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk stood at the Southport Spit today and pledged support for local groups opposed to the cruise ship terminal.

Ms Palaszczuk has called on Gold Coast MPs to listen to community concerns about developing what she terms 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.

She says six years ago a Labor government abandoned its own 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." Luke Sorensen from the Save Our Spit Alliance says it 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." The State Government has called for expressions of interest from the private sector.

Companies have until the end of the year to submit proposals for marine precincts in the area.

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