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.