SCENIC Rim mayor Greg Christensen has hit back at Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate, who yesterday backed suggestions that Tamborine Mountain should quit the Scenic Rim to become part of the Gold Coast. Cr Tate said there were only two types of Australians – those that lived on the Gold Coast and those who wished they lived there.
Cr Christensen fired back, relating a story which described the Gold Coast glitter strip highrises looking like gravestones and reflecting what has happened to a once-beautiful part of Queensland.
“Tom has wanted to take control of Tamborine Mountain for a long time because he wants to anchor a chair lift to connect the mountain to the Gold Coast,” he said. “I do not believe that is compatible with our region.
“People come to the Scenic Rim to escape the artificial world the Gold Coast has become. ”
Cr Christensen said those behind the move were trying to bully council into giving them more money than any other town within the Scenic Rim.
“This has come from a handful of people... who for a long time have tried to take control of more than their fair share of Tourism and Economic Development resources,” he said. “I do not believe they speak for the Tamborine Mountain community.”
Cr Christensen said he would welcome a discussion with the parties involved, while Cr Tate told ABC radio that he would support a move to declare Tamborine Mountain part of the Gold Coast.
“I’ll leave it to the residents in Mount Tamborine if they wish to approach the state government and get the boundary changed so that they can be part of the Gold Coast,” he said.
A spokesperson for Local Government minister Sterling Hinchliffe said the state government could not give the proposal any consideration until both councils could agree on the matter and financials were checked to ensure the move was viable.