Send in the su­pery­achts!

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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.

PHOTO: PETER CAR­RUTHERS

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.

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