RESIDENTS and visitors to Bribie Island may soon be hit with a proposed toll to be collected for crossing the Bribie Island Bridge.
Government sources revealed a plan to introduce a $5 toll to raise funds for future cons- truction of a new bridge.
The toll will be electronically collected via a pre-paid card to be carried within all vehicles.
The toll will apply for each bridge crossing over a period of seven years from mid-2016 until 2023, and will be subject to GST and CPI increases.
During those years the recently purchased vacant land, beside the existing Bribie Island Bridge, will be used to construct a temporary casino and circus to attract more foreign visitors.
It is hoped that wealthy young visitors from China, Russia, USA and Scandinavia will be attracted to travel by helicopter from Brisbane and the Gold Coast to enjoy this new attraction, thus avoiding the $5 bridge toll fee.
Overnight accommodation at the 24-hour casino and circus would be in the region of $450-$575 per night, inclusive of parking. During peak holiday periods, and other major international celebrations, many of the roads in Bellara and Bongaree would need to be closed to local traffic.
A government spokesman for the project, to be known as The Bribie Bubble, said he expected work to commence on the site within a few weeks. The project will provide employment for more than 2700 people over the coming years but it is unlikely any Bribie residents will get jobs. The entire project will be conducted in the Mandarin language, and the large number of overseas foreign workers will be housed on floating barges in Pumicestone Passage.
The management team and senior staff would be accommodated in large tents on the beach at Woorim.
An initial survey of Bribie business leaders and residents in the area indicated that they would welcome this progressive and historic step, but would like to see a ban placed on April Fools jokes being published in local newspapers.