Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
Queensland Minister for State Development and Manufacturing Cameron Dick
Queensland Minister for Tourism Industry Development Kate Jones
New Cruise Ship Terminal Is Berth Of A New Era For Queensland’s Economy
Victor P Taffa
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has turned the sod on Brisbane’s $158 Million new International Cruise Terminal, heralding the start of a new era for Queensland’s economy.
$158 Million project is scheduled to open in October next year, with the potential to more than double Brisbane’s cruise industry.
Economic boost in welcoming more tourists and supplying bigger ships is estimated at more than a $1 Billion over the next few years, on top of Queensland’s already billion-dollar industry.
“Building this one piece of infrastructure flows through our entire economy.” Premier Palaszczuk said.
“Ships that were too long, too high and too deep to dock at Brisbane’s Hamilton facility will have a dedicated cruise terminal.”
“That will stimulate the industry at ports up and down the Queensland coast, as we aim to increase passenger numbers throughout the state to more than a million a year.” Premier Palaszczuk said.
Minister for State Development and Manufacturing Cameron Dick said the project was already delivering jobs.
“Brisbane International Cruise Terminal is supporting, on average, an estimated 245 jobs each year during construction, while an additional 49 jobs will be created each year over the next 20 years.” Minister Dick said.
“As Manufacturing Minister, I am also pleased that ABFI Steel Group, a local company based in Wacol, has manufactured 105 piles for the wharf where work began in February.”
Minister for Tourism Industry Development Kate Jones said the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal would provide a welcome boost to the state’s tourism sector.
“Queensland’s cruise industry is booming under the Palaszczuk Government. Last financial year we saw 520 ships port in Queensland 11 % growth year-on-year, making the Sunshine State Australia’s undisputed cruise capital.” Minister Jones said.
“Already the cruise sector supports more than 3,700 jobs state wide and we’re committed to growing this industry.”
Port of Brisbane CEO Roy Cummins said the new International Cruise Terminal will be a world-class facility.
“Within its first 5 years the terminal is expected to handle over 1,100 vessel calls and around 1.8 Million passengers.” Mr. Cummins said.
“With over 180 bookings confirmed for the 2020/21 cruising season thousands of passengers across the globe are already gearing up to head to Queensland.”
Leading Australian construction company Hindmarsh will deliver the terminal building and Brisbane-based specialist marine contractor Brady Marine and Civil is constructing the wharf.
New South Wales Priorities Are Off The Rails
Queensland is getting on with building a new Cruise Ship Terminal as New South Wales just keeps on talking about doing that.
Cruise Ships comes into Sydney in increasing numbers and the best that New South Wales can do is to either take away Garden Island Defence requirements or pretend that Balmain in Sydney’s inner-west is what overseas passengers travelling across the world wants to arrive at.
New South Wales Government should be extending and upgrading the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney CBD rather than other alternatives that do not stack up.
Garden Island in peacetime may not seem very busy however during World War II Sydney Harbour received unwanted submarines and as such Garden Island is needed for Defence purposes now and into the future.
New South Wales should stop talking about Overseas Passenger Terminals and just do what Queensland is doing.
Barangaroo was a perfect location for expanded Overseas Passenger Terminal requirements and for some unknown and logical reason was ignored.
Billions of dollars wasted on Metro Rail such as the Epping-Chatswood Line conversion could have gone towards a far more pressing need such as better Overseas Passenger Terminal facilities in Sydney CBD.
In official reports from the New South Wales Government, rail patronage on the new North West Line will be higher and have different loadings than the Epping-Chatswood Line. Conversion of the Epping-Chatswood Line will not result in very different patronage levels than the case before closure for conversion.
Heavy Rail with new sets of points installed could introduce a Richmond-Epping service in addition to North West Line services to the city. Passenger Loadings on the new North West Line shows that a Richmond-Epping service would be highly patronised and providing the new North West Line with a greater number of new services.
Heavy Rail Network does need upgrading however if any Government ignores an asset that is used by 1.2 Million people everyday then clearly any improvements will simply cost more money over the long run.
All Governments over several decades have ignored upgrading Sydney’s Heavy Rail Network and the same applies to Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal facilities that the Queensland Government is resolving.
North-West Sydney needed a Railway Line. North-West Sydney did not need to reinvent the wheel.