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GOLD COAST BUL­LETIN Wednesday, Oc­to­ber 13, 2004

`WEL­COME to Queens­land but keep on driv­ing’.

That’s what state’s Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Des­ley Boyle wanted to see on signs at the Tweed bor­der to en­cour­age south­ern­ers to by­pass the Gold Coast.

The Cairns-based Min­is­ter said south­ern­ers should con­sider

mov­ing to Toowoomba, Crows Nest, Her­vey Bay or far­ther north to help re­solve the pop­u­la­tion and in­fras­truc­ture pres­sures on the Coast.

Ms Boyle told de­vel­op­ers at a prop­erty in­dus­try func­tion that they should con­sider shift­ing their at­ten­tion to other parts of Queens­land and stop fu­elling the devel­op­ment surge in the city.

“It’s a bit hys­ter­i­cal that we’ve got this mas­sive state and ev­ery­body is clus­tered here in this lit­tle tiny bit in the

(south­east) cor­ner,’’ she said. “It’s dumb.

“I’ve got a plan, along with the rest of the re­gions of Queens­land, that they knock up these great big signs that say, as you come over the bor­der `Wel­come to Queens­land but keep on driv­ing’.

“Maybe we should take our eyes off this lit­tle green thing in the cor­ner and look at other op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Ms Boyle warned the Coast devel­op­ment in­dus­try against a `de­velop at all costs’ men­tal­ity.

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