Plans for cruise ship resort reinstated

Another proposal for the Gold Coast cruise ship project has been floated after the Newman government called for expressions of interest from developers wanting to build new casinos.

Bob Ell’s Leda Group has resurrected plans for a $2 billion cruise ship project on the southern Gold Coast in a bid to snare the new casino license. The company had proposed the terminal some years ago but abandoned the plans as The Spit area attracted several alternative developments.

Leda proposes about 1km of waterfront land at Bilinga to build the cruise terminal that could accommodate 500m ships along with an integrated resort, including hotels, a casino, apartments, shops and restaurants.
Project director Dennis Hughes said work could start within six months on the $400 million terminal, with other infrastructure to follow.

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