New terminal at Howard Smith Wharves to boost River tourism
Published Saturday, 05 September, 2020 at 11:12 AM
Minister for State Development, Tourism and Innovation
The Honourable Kate Jones
Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace
The Palaszczuk Government has committed $5.5 million to build three new pontoons at Howard Smith Wharves to boost the tourism and construction industries post-COVID-19.
Tourism Minister Kate Jones said the funding announced today was part of the Palaszczuk Government’s strategy to promote the city’s links with Moreton Bay.
“River to Bay tourism will be crucial for this region in coming years. That’s why we’re investing in infrastructure now to create more tourism jobs in the southeast into the future,” Ms Jones said.
“Howard Smith Wharves is a hugely popular precinct. This new river terminal will mean you can have a drink or something to eat at a restaurant, jump on a boat and be relaxing on an island within 40 minutes. It’s an absolute game changer.
“We’re forging on with major projects like this because we know that new infrastructure is vital to Queensland’s economic recovery.”
Education Minister and Member for McConnel Grace Grace said the River Terminal at Fortitude Valley would be funded through the Attracting Tourism Fund and would support up to 6000 passengers a day.
“These new pontoons will be open to commercial tour operators as a pick-up and drop off point and will have the potential added benefit of through traffic for the Howard Smith Wharves and Eagle Street restaurant and entertainment precincts,” she said.
“Accessibility to Moreton Bay from the Brisbane River has always been a limiting factor for tourist operators.
“So this project will be the catalyst to open two-way traffic flow and commercial tourist operators have already expressed great interest to access this popular new facility.
“We all know the devastating effects that COVID-19 has had on the tourism industry and projects like these will help Queensland get back on its feet.”
Once up and running, the facility could attract 294,000 overseas visitors spending $9.2 million a year.
In addition, about 64,000 domestic visitors are estimated to use the terminal spending $3.8 million a year.
Construction of the three pontoons wharves is estimated to support 7 construction jobs and 23 operational jobs.
HSW chief executive Luke Fraser said since opening HSW had created more than 1000 jobs and the terminal project would be the catalyst to create many more.
“Never has there been a more important time to invest in the future of Queensland tourism,” he said.
“HSW is excited to be working with the State Government to deliver this essential infrastructure which will play an important role in unlocking the tourism potential of the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay.
“We’re born and bred in Brisbane and hugely proud of everything our city has to offer.
“With an exciting pipeline of investment from critical infrastructure through to significant tourism projects, the new commercial pontoons will only further enhance our river city appeal.
“It’s incredible to see this vision of ours coming to life and creating a new way to come and go from the wharves, and a new hub for tourism boats spurring on further investment in new tourism products.”
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