A billionaire mining tycoon has made a surprising plea from which the mega-rich could benefit.
Billionaire Gina Rinehart has asked Queensland leaders to build more yacht mooring facilities to “allow living standards to rise.”
At a glamorous lunch to plan the 2032 Olympic Games in Brisbane with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, gold medalists and hundreds of the state’s top businessmen, the mining tycoon called for fewer bureaucratic hurdles to development.
In a video message broadcast at the event, Ms. Rinehart spoke from the deck of a superyacht pleading with political leaders to avoid “taping and mediocrity” into the big sporting spectacle.
“For example, we’ve just had days of very rough water from the southern Queensland border to the Capricorn Coast,” said Australia’s richest woman at The Courier-Mail’s Future Brisbane lunch.
âWhen we arrived on the coast after two very hard sleepless nights and a stressful day, many yachts were outside the marinas due to the lack of marinas.
âAnd let’s not forget about superyachts that may come from overseas and bring passengers with them who want to stay in Australia.
âThese super yachts also need marinas – unfortunately they are missing for ships over 50 m.
“It’s time for more marinas that are big enough to serve not only small and medium-sized yachts, but larger yachts as well.”
Ms. Rinehart also advocated more beach clubs and improvements to coastal infrastructure, and said Queensland was ripe for soliciting the sailing tourist market from Europe.
“Some of our resorts have maintenance issues due to natural occurrences here,” she said as she gazed out over the Queensland coast.
âYou can see what used to be a beautiful beach, but which struggles with the sea every day – that calls out for a retaining wall rather than those unsightly sandbags.
âWhat an improvement it would be if the government tape combined the required retaining wall with an international-class beach club that protects swimmers from sharks, crocodiles, dangerous jellyfish and stings all year round.
âEspecially when permission has been given to also add an international and underwater bar for visitors.
“We mustn’t waste the opportunity.”