AIRPORT REVAMP LIFT OFF
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.”
FAIR PLAY: Taxis line-up at the Gold Coast Airport.