First grants announced under Superyacht Industry Development Fund

Published Wednesday, 01 May, 2019 at 09:51 AM


Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Cameron Dick

Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry Development
Ms Meaghan Scanlon

Six Queensland companies will share in more than $41,000 through Round 1 of the Palaszczuk Government’s Superyacht Industry Development Fund.

The fund is part of the Queensland Superyacht Strategy, which sets out the state’s plan to grow this lucrative industry and increase our global market share 10 per cent by 2023.

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said expanding the local superyacht industry will stimulate job growth in major Queensland marine precincts, including the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Cairns.

“This industry is of significant value to our economy. For example, in the south-east, superyacht activity has the potential to contribute more than $1.1 billion to our economy and support nearly 8000 full-time equivalent jobs by 2021,” Mr Dick said.

“In Cairns and Whitsundays, meanwhile, superyachts are anticipated to bring in $580 million and create 4500 full-time equivalent jobs over this same period, exciting growth projections we’re eager to maximise.”

Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry Development and Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said the fund would help Queensland businesses secure more contracts.

“We introduced this development fund late last year to support small-and-medium-sized businesses supplying to, or with the potential to supply to, the superyacht industry,” Ms Scanlon said.

“This first round of funding will help Queensland businesses build valuable relationships in the global superyacht market through participation in international trade shows in Singapore, Tahiti, Monaco and Fort Lauderdale.”

Superyacht Strategy Champion and Member for Cairns Michael Healy said the government’s efforts were crucial in promoting Queensland as a world-class Pacific destination for superyacht cruising, construction, fit-out and maintenance.

“We want Queensland to be recognised as the key superyacht hub of Asia-Pacific, and initiatives like our Superyacht Industry Development Fund will help us achieve that,” Mr Healy said.

Through the fund, up to $335,000 will be provided over the life of the Superyacht Strategy – from 2018 to 2023 – to support businesses looking to access the industry.

Successful recipients are eligible to receive matched funding of up to $19,000, which can be put towards industry certifications, international trade show attendance, and bringing overseas delegations to Queensland to promote their business.

Round 1 recipients of the Superyacht Industry Development Fund are:

  • Abell Point Marina (Airlie Beach)
  • Carter Marine Industries (Cairns)
  • Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard (Gold Coast)
  • Rivergate Marina and Shipyard (Brisbane)
  • Seaspec Marine Services (Gold Coast)
  • Trinity Fire Services (Cairns)

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