Cairns to cash in on cruise ships
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.