AIR­PORT RE­VAMP LIFT OFF

Tweed Daily News - - FRONT PAGE -

WORK on stage two of the Gold Coast Air­port ex­pan­sion will car­ried out in New South Wales, a point which Tweed MP Ge­off Provest hopes can be used as lever­age to re­solve one of the key bor­der stum­bling blocks – trans­port.

The is­sue of Tweed taxis be­ing un­able to pick up fares head­ing back into the Tweed from the Gold Coast has been a stick­ing point for Cross Bor­der Com­mis­sioner James Mc­tavish who has raised it with Queens­land Trans­port of­fi­cials.

While Tweed taxis and Uber driv­ers can’t op­er­ate in Queens­land their Gold Coast coun­ter­parts can pick up in New South Wales and take fares back across the bor­der.

With the new ter­mi­nal con­tained within New South Wales, Mr Provest has threat­ened to bring in sim­i­lar re­stric­tions for Gold Coast cabs that might not be able to get lu­cra­tive over­seas fares.

Mr Provest said he had spo­ken with New South Wales Trans­port Min­is­ter An­drew Con­stance who was very sup­port­ive in seek­ing a res­o­lu­tion.

“We aren’t seek that much, just the right to pick up fares from as far north as Tu­gun, es­pe­cially John Flynn Pri­vate Hos­pi­tal and bring them back across the bor­der,” he said.

“New South Wales has been more than fair in this re­gard al­low­ing Gold Coast cabs to do that com­ing back into Queens­land if they have a fare which takes then into the Tweed but Queens­land Trans­port seems to be very bloody-minded about re­cip­ro­cal rights.

“With the con­struc­tion of the new in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal solely within New South Wales, if we don’t get any progress on the taxi is­sue, I think it might be time to start play­ing hard­ball with our Queens­land coun­ter­parts.”

PHOTO: KIT DE GUYMER

FAIR PLAY: Taxis line-up at the Gold Coast Air­port.

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