CCIQ welcomes economic benefit from new cruise ship terminal
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) strongly supports a new cruise ship facility for Brisbane and the significant economic benefit it will provide to the city and State.
CCIQ Director of Advocacy Nick Behrens said a second terminal at Luggage Point – capable of hosting ships up to 360m in length – was a huge opportunity for the SEQ economy.
“A $100 million second terminal for Brisbane would boost business confidence in the short term that would in turn bolster business investment and employment,” he said.
“A world-class facility of this nature would provide substantial international and domestic tourism opportunities for SEQ that would continue to cascade economic benefit for decades to come.
“A cruise ship facility catering for larger liners means many more tourists will be coming to Queensland, who will also sample other premium offerings of Queensland products and services.
“These visitors could become ambassadors for the Sunshine State. Having top-notch terminal facilities for cruise liners is core to that experience.”
Mr Behrens said the facility would provide thousands of jobs, which would mean substantial economic advantages to Brisbane and the small business community.
“CCIQ believes Queenslanders need to think of this project as more than just a cruise ship facility and instead a project that would deliver substantive benefit to the surrounding economy in SEQ,” he said.
“Queensland is already Australia's second-largest cruise shipping market, supporting in excess of 2000 jobs and generating $600 million for the State economy.
“These metrics will only grow into the future and this plan provides the infrastructure necessary to address the bottleneck clearly in place in Brisbane at present.”
Mr Behrens said the State Government had gone out of its way to increase focus on encouraging private sector participation in the delivery, management and operation of Queensland’s infrastructure networks.
“The innovative market-led proposal process provides a way for the Government to work with the private sector to deliver solutions to Queensland’s infrastructure challenges,” he said.
“What would be interesting is if we could develop a terminal with both Royal Caribbean International and Carnival Cruises sharing in the cost so that it does not preclude one of these operators from our market.
“With Queensland expected to grow to a population of 7 million people by 2036, up from 4.6 million, we must have the creativity to make the most of alternative funding models that drives renewal.
“A second cruise ship terminal for Brisbane is an ideal example of this concept in action.”