QUEENSLAND'S first dedicated mega-cruise ship terminal has moved a step closer, after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk last week said construction will soon commence on the Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd's (PBPL) $158 million Brisbane International Cruise Terminal at Luggage Point on the north side of the Brisbane River.
The Premier said the cruise terminal would support 245 jobs each year throughout construction and was the second Market-Led Proposal to advance to the delivery phase, following in the footsteps of the $512 million Logan Motorway Enhancement Project currently under construction.
"A dedicated, purpose-built cruise ship terminal will boost our international reputation as a global tourism destination of choice. It will serve as a catalyst to supercharge growth in our tourism sector and related industries and generate jobs now and into the future," Ms Palaszczuk said.
Site preparation works will start in November, with construction of the wharf to begin mid-next year, and construction of the terminal to begin in around 12 months.
The terminal building itself will be around 9,300 square metres set over two levels and connected to a 200-metre long wharf, with two air bridges facilitating the movement of passengers on and off the ships. There will also be public open spaces, parking for cars and buses, plus extensive landscaping across the site.
Treasurer Curtis Pitt welcomed the progression of the Port of Brisbane's cruise terminal and described it as a great example of private sector innovation in action to deliver much-needed cruise shipping infrastructure.
"Once the terminal is operational it is expected the additional cruise ships stopping in Brisbane could continue their journey up the coast to destinations like Cairns and give visitors the opportunity to visit other iconic destinations such as the Great Barrier Reef," Mr Pitt said.
"To date, eight proposals have been approved or have moved to Stage 2, the preparation of detailed proposals stage and the MLPs approved or in the detailed assessment stage are worth just more than $1 billion and are estimated to generate around 1,800 jobs."
PBPL CEO, Roy Cummins, said should the project receive ACCC approval, the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal would prove to be a defining piece of the State's tourism infrastructure network.
"This new cruise terminal will secure the future of cruise tourism in South-east Queensland and help bring the world's biggest cruise ships to Brisbane," Mr Cummins said.
"We have worked with the State Government, through its Market-led Proposal process, and other partners including Brisbane City Council and the cruise operators, to make this happen, and we thank all parties for their support and their commitment to our project."
More information is available from the Port of Brisbane website at <https://www.portbris.com.au/port-development/brisbane-international-cruise-terminal>.