Brisbane Cruise Fans This Will Be Music To Your Ears
A dedicated mega cruise ship terminal will be built at the Port of Brisbane, fully funded by the private sector.
It follows a Queensland government market-led proposal for the $158 million project being given the green light.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the entire cost of the project would be borne by the Port of Brisbane corporation.
There have been calls for a dedicated cruise ship terminal at the Port of Brisbane for years, with the largest ocean liners unable to fit under the Gateway Bridge.
Ms Palaszczuk said the new terminal would open up Brisbane and the rest of Queensland to ocean tourism.
"There are no dredging issues here, the port is wide enough, it can take those huge ships," Ms Palaszczuk told reporters at the terminal site on Wednesday.
"What we've seen here today is the ability to see a huge boom in cruise liners coming here to Queensland."
Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the terminal could potentially inject over a billion dollars in tourism-related expenditure across the state over the next two decades.
"It's very rare you say there's a great investment in Brisbane which will also benefit a place like Cairns, but this will benefit ports right up and down the coast," he said.
Early work on the site will begin in November, with construction of the wharf to begin mid-next-year and work on the terminal itself in 12 months.