Port works to se­cure cruise liner vis­its

Broome Advertiser - - News - Glenn Cord­ing­ley and Jakeb Wad­dell

A $7 mil­lion com­mit­ment to dredge the Port of Broome next year to give pas­sen­ger cruise lin­ers alltide ac­cess has been wel­comed by the town.

Cruise op­er­a­tor Car­ni­val Aus­tralia last year told the pre­vi­ous State gov­ern­ment it would no longer berth its P&O or Princess Cruise ships in WA if prob­lems at some regional ports were not fixed.

But the McGowan Gov­ern­ment said Car­ni­val Aus­tralia cruise ships would re­turn to WA fol­low­ing its pledge to fix is­sues at the Port of Broome.

The State Gov­ern­ment said with­drawal meant the WA econ­omy was fac­ing a loss of $135 mil­lion in cruise-re­lated spend­ing a year, along with 400 jobs.

Broome Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try pres­i­dent Peter Taylor said the fund­ing to re­move chan­nel rock would al­low larger cruise ships to stay more of­ten and for longer, al­low­ing pas­sen­gers to spend more money.

“Ex­tra hours in port will help the tour sec­tor as they can then of­fer half and full-day tours to pas­sen­gers,” he said. “More time in port en­ables the lo­cal re­tail and tour sec­tors to show­case Broome to the world far more ef­fec­tively.”

Cruise Broome chair­man Shayne Mur­ray said he ex­pected the work to be com­pleted be­fore the town hosted next year’s Aus­tralian Cruise As­so­ci­a­tion con­fer­ence.

“Ships will now be able to ac­cess the port at any time, opening the door for other cruise companies to come to town,” he said. “This is a good ex­am­ple of ev­ery­one work­ing to­gether to achieve some­thing for Broome, and with the up­com­ing in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence, it feels like all our ducks are in a row.”

Pre­mier Mark McGowan said three min­is­ters and their agen­cies had worked to­gether to “make things hap­pen”.

Tourism Min­is­ter Paul Pa­palia said un­in­hib­ited ac­cess to Broome Port was im­per­a­tive to get Car­ni­val Aus­tralia in­ter­ested in WA again.

“The port (Broome) as it stands means ships can only come and go at cer­tain times, leav­ing peo­ple short of time for en­joy­ing the on­shore scenery and ac­tiv­i­ties,” he said.

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