Govt ponders Sydney cruise plan
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.