The business case for the Gold Coast’s proposed ocean-side cruise ship terminal has been approved by Council, with the project now moving into its next phase of planning – making sure it meets any State Government requirements.
The business case, prepared by Price Waterhouse Coopers, estimated that the proposed terminal could employ up to 3600 people and inject $2.8 billion into the Gold Coast economy over 30 years. The State Government approval is expected to be a lengthy process, and funding has already been set aside by the Council to undertake the work needed for an “Initial Advice Statement”.
The Council is also pushing for the terminal to be a ‘home-port’, rather than just a ‘transit stop’ – meaning refuelling and other infrastructure would need to be built on The Spit to service the cruise ships that visit the Gold Coast.
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Mayor Tom Tate said: “A home port would make the Gold Coast a serious contender in the cruise market, delivering up to 480,000 visitor night stays annually.”
“[It] could be delivered at no cost to the city and would be cash-flow positive from an operational perspective.
“As a city built on tourism, we can’t turn our back on the chance to tap into a whole new visitor market, provide a fantastic new attraction and lift our profile as an international destination,” he said.