Send in the superyachts!
WE’VE already got the whales, the Military Trail, Fraser Island and plenty of quality seafood to boast about. But the Fraser Coast could soon add superyachts to that expanding list of tourism assets.
The Fraser Coast Regional Council is laying ground for Hervey Bay to become a hub for the massive vessels, which could bring millions of tourism dollars into the region.
THE Fraser Coast is laying ground to cash in on the multi-million dollar superyacht industry with a plan to attract the massive vessels into the region’s waters.
Strategy plans were formulated last month after Fraser Coast councillor David Lewis attended a workshop in Bundaberg about plans to get the region ready to attract the boats.
Cr Lewis confirmed he was approaching Cairns MP Michael Healy, the leading figure behind the State Government’s Superyacht Strategy, touring the region’s marine infrastructure and tourist hotspots to assess the region’s suitability to host the massive vessels.
The strategy outlines a game plan to develop economic opportunities around the superyacht industry.
With State Government figures indicating the industry pumps up to $300 million into the economy and provides up to 3000 jobs per year, Cr Lewis said the Fraser Coast has the potential to be a hub for the yachts travelling up and down the coast.
“The council is keen to work with marine businesses to attract superyachts and other large vessels to our region,” Cr Lewis said.
“Superyacht owners typically have more than $30 million net worth.
“Being able to enjoy some Hervey Bay scallops by the Esplanade before embarking on a whale watching journey and then on to Lady Elliott Island is an iconic maritime itinerary.”
Part of the strategy is expected to include discussions surrounding upgrades to the Urangan Marina, which have been on the cards for years.
In 2010, plans for an $800 million upgrade by developers Watpac and the Seymour Group were shelved due to unfavourable economic conditions.
MASSIVE VESSELS VISITING: The Fraser Coast Regional Council is courting strategies to attract massive superyachts to the region, following the release of the State Government’s Superyacht Strategy last month.