This is absolutely horrifying... and to think that he probably will be voted in again. The Gold Coast is known because of its extreme growth. Developments have been a part of the city and is in its blood.
What I find funny is this... "We must stop allowing buildings to go higher and higher (and) density levels to become more intense." << Talk about a classic Nimby suburbanite.
Ron Clarke, its time for you to retire. I would rather vote for that elvis impersonator or that meter maid guy than Ron...
Clarke vows clampdown on Gold Coast development
GOLD vision . . . Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke has launched his election campaign vowing a clampdown on development similar to Noosa.
January 30, 2008 11:00pm
GOLD Coast Mayor Ron Clarke has vowed to implement a Noosa-style development clampdown if he is re-elected in March, putting him on a collision course with powerful developers.
Launching his election campaign yesterday, Cr Clarke said over-development was destroying the Gold Coast's lifestyle and it was time to say "enough is enough". He said development needed to be slowed and tougher planning controls introduced.
"They (developers) are killing the golden goose," he said.
"What we need to be doing is defending our position as Australia's most liveable city."
Cr Clarke made a similar pledge to curb development before the last election in 2004, but a pro-development bloc led by then-Deputy Mayor David Power seized control of the council.
Cr Power was later unsuccessfully prosecuted by the Crime and Misconduct Commission over his secret role in a developer-backed campaign fund which bankrolled "like-minded" candidates at the election.
Cr Clarke said he needed a fresh mandate to slow development and attacked his mayoral opponents who he said supported relentless growth.
"Most of the mayoral candidates want to see the Gold Coast . . . become Australia's fifth largest city," he told his supporters, including several sitting councillors.
"Somehow, they think it is essential the Gold Coast welcomes another 700,000 residents over the next 40 years. We need to tell them now, enough is enough. Our natural lifestyle is under threat."
Cr Clarke said he was not against more development – just unsustainable development – and said unambiguous planning guidelines were needed.
"I am not saying to stop all new (development) applications, but we need to reduce the flow," he said.
"We must stop allowing buildings to go higher and higher (and) density levels to become more intense. If these concessions keep going, the Gold Coast is in danger of becoming just another satellite city of Brisbane, like Ipswich and Logan.
"Instead, we should be adopting planning regulations that can be strictly enforced, as has Noosa."
Cr Clarke also recycled his failed 2004 election pledge to freeze rates and pledged to introduce a free community bus service.
His anti-development stance is set to play into the hands of his main rivals, Liberal Party candidate Tom Tate and current council finance committee chairman Rob Molhoek. Both are being supported by big business while Cr Clarke says he is self-funding his campaign.
But preferences are likely to be crucial and Cr Molhoek is being preferenced last by his main rivals.
Last edited by Hirvam.it; 4th September 2008 at 08:28.
Recent news is that there is no news... The Gold Coast city council has neglected to even take a look at some of the proposed ideas/designs... after developers spend hundreds of thousands of dollars and the GCCC doesn't give a crap.
If he was the GC current mayor is re-elected the developers may look else where accross Australia for example instead of spending 800 million on a 80 storey tower on the Gold Coast, Developer can spend 80 million on a 20st highrise in places that are booming and they'll make bucket loads! Queensland is booming take your pick seriously developers!