City committed to rigorous environmental checks for cruise terminal

16 May 2017

The city's Oceanside Cruise Ship Terminal is a step closer following a Federal Government approval handed down this afternoon.

The OCST has passed its first assessment hurdle with news it will not require Federal Government approval, provided it meets conditions under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act. 

Council lodged documentation in March for Federal Government determination on whether the project would impact on matters of national environmental significance. 

Official notification was received this afternoon, confirming that the proposed terminal, off Philip Park at Southport, was deemed 'not a controlled action if undertaken in a particular manner'.

"This is an important first step in the approvals process and in ensuring the project passes all the necessary environmental hurdles," said Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.

"Council remains committed to rigorous environmental checks for the project and I've always said if the project doesn't meet environmental standards, it won't proceed."

"This is a normal first step in what will be a thorough environmental, social and economic assessment process for the project. Protecting our environment is a priority for all city projects."

Mayor Tate said the Federal determination would guide future steps, including a State Government Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process.

Council has been working with Price Waterhouse Coopers and AECOM to prepare a detailed feasibility study into the project.

The study, along with the Federal EPBC determination, will be presented to Council for consideration in coming weeks. 

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