May 13th 2008
Townsville Ocean Terminal "too small"
According to Ann Sherry, CEO of Carnival Australia, which represents cruise lines including P&O, Princes Cruises and Cunard, plans for a cruise ship terminal at Townsville did not allow for the berthing of large ocean liners.
According to a report in the Brisbane Times and the Sun Herald, Ms Sherry said cruise liners were getting bigger and Queensland would soon face major problems attracting business.
Her comments were initially aimed at Brisbane's shortcomings terminal-wise but Townsville's proposed Ocean Terminal (TOT) was also in her sights.
"The proposed Townsville terminal is already too small," Ms Sherry said. "Given the growth of the industry, [Queensland is] planning for yesterday instead of the future." She said
Considerable debate has raged over the TOT development, not least of which is the large canal estate residential precinct planned to be built beside the TOT and directly adjacent to the Port of Townsville.
According to the reports, Ms Sherry said, that any new terminal should not be built near residential areas.
"The people who live around (Brisbane's) Portside Wharf are not enamoured with the noise associated with visiting cruise ships."
The approval process is underway for the cruise ship terminal at Townsville, but it will take at least two years for construction to begin.
The report claims that Townsville Enterprise tourism manager Brent Randall said he would like it to be approved more quickly but he realised the State Government had to adhere to all the necessary checks. He said because the city did not have a dedicated terminal, nine ships would have to anchor near Magnetic Island this year and the passengers ferried to shore.
Source: Brisbane Times & The Sun-Herald
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