Govt pon­ders Syd­ney cruise plan

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THE cruise in­dus­try is “en­cour­aged” by the Govt’s fo­cus on de­liv­er­ing a so­lu­tion to ac­com­mo­date more cruise ships east of the bridge, CLIA Aus­trala­sia md Joel Katz told CW.

The re­sponse fol­lows con­fir­ma­tion the cruise ref­er­ence group has served up Gar­den Is­land as one of its key rec­om­men­da­tions in a re­port handed to the NSW Govt last Fri.

The ref­er­ence group is headed by for­mer NSW Op­po­si­tion Leader Peter Collins and was formed to cre­ate a re­port which would in­form the govern­ment’s Cruise De­vel­op­ment Plan.

A spokesper­son for Melinda Pavey, Min­is­ter for Roads, Mar­itime and Freight told CW the govern­ment would con­sider the rec­om­men­da­tion that cruise ships be able to per­ma­nently share Gar­den Is­land with the Navy, as well as in­ves­ti­gate the pos­si­bil­ity of us­ing Port Botany.

A so­lu­tion won’t be known un­til the Cruise De­vel­op­ment Plan is re­leased, which is due be­fore the end of the year. Royal Caribbean Cruises told

CW it wel­comed the “de­tailed in­ves­ti­ga­tion of sev­eral po­ten­tial lo­ca­tions” and high­lighted Port Botany as “an ex­cel­lent lo­ca­tion”.

“A new cruise ter­mi­nal in Port Botany would of­fer a longterm so­lu­tion to con­ges­tion, ac­com­mo­date mod­ern large cruise ships and en­able RCL to in­tro­duce more me­ga­lin­ers to the Aus­tralian mar­ket,” RCL said.

Katz also high­lighted that en­sur­ing Syd­ney had ca­pac­ity to ac­com more ships would at­tract more int’l ships, pro­vid­ing “mas­sive flow-on ef­fect to busi­nesses and com­mu­ni­ties”.

NCLH re­it­er­ated Gar­den Is­land was just one op­tion that would be con­sid­ered by the govern­ment.

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