Work starts at new ferry ter­mi­nal

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

CON­STRUC­TION is now un­der­way on the new Cruise Whit­sun­days ter­mi­nal at Port of Air­lie.

Cruise Whit­sun­days chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Nick Hor­tle said this was a ma­jor mile­stone for the project which had been in the plan­ning for sev­eral years.

“It is very ex­cit­ing to be see­ing the first slabs poured and con­struc­tion pro­gress­ing on site af­ter the de­tailed plan­ning and ap­proval process [that have] been tak­ing place for the past two years,” he said.

Mr Hor­tle said when con­struc­tion was com­plete, Cruise Whit­sun­days would be mov­ing into a sta­teof-the-art tran­sit ter­mi­nal “that we be­lieve will ben­e­fit the whole re­gion.”

He said the ter­mi­nal’s fa­cil­i­ties had been specif­i­cally de­signed to im­prove all as­pects of the com­pany’s op­er­a­tions.

“And all of our crew are look­ing for­ward to mov­ing in to the new ter­mi­nal and [de­liv­er­ing] an even bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said.

The new ter­mi­nal’s de­sign is based on an air­port-style check-in com­plete with bag­gage con­veyor belts that aim to make the process of trav­el­ling more con­ve­nient for those with a lot of lug­gage.

The ter­mi­nal will have air­port­style check-in desks, a large café with in­door and out­door eat­ing ar­eas, a gift shop and com­fort­able seated wait­ing area as well as cus­tom-de­signed pon­toons to house Cruise Whit­sun­day’s fleet of ves­sels and a new fuel dock.

Mr Hor­tle said Cruise Whit­sun­days had worked very closely with stake­hold­ers at Port of Air­lie to in­te­grate the ter­mi­nal with all of the other fa­cil­i­ties at the de­vel­op­ment, re­sult­ing in a greatly im­proved cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence.

The ter­mi­nal is lo­cated im­me­di­ately across from the Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil bus and tran­sit ter­mi­nal and be­side a new 170 space car park, to be con­structed by Coun­cil prior to its open­ing.

The ter­mi­nal will be opened and op­er­a­tional by Septem­ber 2014.

NEW DE­VEL­OP­MENT: Cruise Whit­sun­day chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Nick Hor­tle and site man­ager Steve Dench stand­ing in front of the site where the new ma­rina ter­mi­nal will be built at Port of Air­lie. It is sched­uled to be com­pleted in Septem­ber this year.

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