Construction will begin soon on the new $158 million Brisbane International Cruise Terminal at Luggage Point on the north side of the Brisbane River.
A project of Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd, the terminal will be Queensland’s first dedicated mega-cruise-ship terminal.
Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Curtis Pitt said the terminal would inject more than a billion dollars into the Queensland economy and create hundreds of jobs.
‘It’s very encouraging to see modelling by the Port of Brisbane which indicates the terminal could inject up to $1.3 billion in net expenditure into the Brisbane economy over the next two decades,’ he said.
‘The new cruise terminal is also a jobs generator and is set to support an average of 245 jobs a year over its two-year construction period and will deliver many more jobs through increased economic activity.
‘Once the terminal is operational, it is expected the additional cruise ships stopping in Brisbane could continue their journey up the coast to destinations like Cairns and give visitors the opportunity to visit other iconic destinations such as the Great Barrier Reef.’
The new terminal building will be around 9,300 square metres set over two levels, connected to a 200-metre wharf with two air bridges for passengers to exit and enter ships.
Site preparation works will start in November, with construction of the wharf to begin mid-next year and construction of the terminal to start in around 12 months.
The Brisbane International Cruise Terminal is the second market-led proposal to advance to the delivery phase, following the $512 million Logan Motorway Enhancement Project currently under construction.
A market-led proposal is a proposal from the private sector seeking an exclusive commercial arrangement with government to provide a service or infrastructure to meet a community need.
The Queensland Government introduced its market-led proposals program in 2015.
Tourism is identified as Queensland’s largest services export in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022