Cairns to cash in on cruise ships

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

THE State Govern­ment has an­nounced sup­port for projects at Cairns to widen and deepen its port chan­nel for cruise ships and to de­velop an in­dus­trial area south of the city.

Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk said yes­ter­day that devel­op­ing the Port of Cairns and a po­ten­tial Cairns South State Devel­op­ment Area would cre­ate jobs, strengthen the econ­omy and boost the re­gion’s ship­ping and in­dus­trial cre­den­tials.

“Ports North’s $ 120 mil­lion Cairns Ship­ping Devel­op­ment Project could cre­ate up to 800 new and in­di­rect con­struc­tion jobs over the five- year pe­riod and 2700 jobs af­ter the con­struc­tion phase,” she said.

“This will make Cairns more at­trac­tive for new and ex­ist­ing busi­nesses and in­dus­tries look­ing to ex­pand and in­vest and open op­por­tu­ni­ties to di­ver­sify econ­omy- boost­ing in­dus­trial devel­op­ment.”

Trea­surer Cur­tis Pitt said the project would bring $ 112 mil­lion a year into the econ­omy by po­si­tion­ing Cairns to take ad­van­tage of the grow­ing cruise ship in­dus­try and en­hanc­ing defence ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

“This is why the Queens­land Govern­ment an­nounced in the re­cent bud­get that Ports North would re­ceive a $ 30 mil­lion a year con­tri­bu­tion to the project over the next two fi­nan­cial years,” he said.

Min­is­ter for State Devel­op­ment An­thony Lyn­ham said Ports North had re­duced the vol­ume of dredg­ing needed from more than four mil­lion to one mil­lion cu­bic me­tres with all dredged ma­te­rial to be dis­posed on land. The re­vised project capped ship ca­pac­ity up to 300m long.

Mr Lyn­ham said the SDA would sup­port the re­gion’s grow­ing tourism sec­tor by pro­vid­ing land for sup­port­ing en­ter­prises such as cater­ing com­pa­nies, con­sum­able sup­pli­ers and leisure en­ter­prises to lo­cate and ex­pand their busi­nesses.

A re­vised draft EIS for the Cairns Ship­ping Devel­op­ment Project is open for pub­lic com­ment on the De­part­ment of State Devel­op­ment’s web­site un­til Au­gust 25, while pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on a po­ten­tial Cairns South SDA on an 840ha site east of the Bruce High­way and north of Gor­don­vale is open un­til Au­gust 11.

Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk.

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