4 Burner flat Top BBi s179 Su­pery­acht pol­icy change pos­si­ble

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times. com.au

WIND­ING back su­pery­acht reg­u­la­tions could be the key to un­lock­ing the po­ten­tial of the Whit­sun­day econ­omy.

The Queens­land Govern­ment has re­ceived Su­pery­acht Aus­tralia’s re­port on the Eco­nomic Im­pact of the Su­pery­acht Sec­tor on the Aus­tralian Econ­omy and Trea­surer Curtis Pitt said some good ideas were flagged.

“The study re­ports that the sec­tor di­rectly sup­ports more than 1100 jobs and di­rectly con­trib­utes $103.7 mil­lion to the Cairns and Whit­sun­days gross re­gional prod­uct, but with a pol­icy change could de­liver hun­dreds more jobs and nearly dou­ble the eco­nomic ben­e­fit,” he said.

Abell Point Ma­rina gen­eral man­ager Luke McCaul said he was hoping to see reg­u­la­tions pro­hibit­ing su­pery­achts larger than 35 me­tres from en­ter­ing the Great Bar­rier Reef Marine Park abol­ished in the Whit­sun­day plan of man­age­ment.

How­ever, this wasn’t the only is­sue he said was hold­ing back the in­dus­try.

“The sec­ond one is the im­port tax re­quired on for­eign flagged ves­sels which is 10% of the hull,” he said. “For a ves­sel worth $5 mil­lion, they would have to pay $500,000 to come here.”

PO­TEN­TIAL: Su­pery­acht reg­u­la­tions are be­ing looked at by the Queens­land Govern­ment.

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