The Queensland Government has approved the construction of a “mega-cruise ship terminal” at Luggage Point in Brisbane. The privately funded project will be designed by engineering and design consultants Arup and architects Arkhefield.

The terminal building will serve ships longer than 270 metres, which currently berth at a grain dock that does not allow for passenger and luggage handling facilities. The project was conceived after decades of complaints over the lack of quality facilities available for large cruise liners.

“A dedicated, purpose-built cruise ship terminal will boost our international reputation as a global tourism destination of choice,” said Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. 

“It will serve as a catalyst to supercharge growth in our tourism sector and related industries and generate jobs now and into the future.”

On-site preparation will commence in November, with construction starting mid-next year and work on building the terminal beginning in 12 months.

This is the second of the government’s ‘market-led proposals’. These proposals allow private companies to create development proposals for government-owned land. 

Other projects currently in consideration include the Queensland Aquarium and Maritime Museum at Southbank and the Brisbane Live development in central Brisbane.

The terminal is scheduled to open in 2020, according to Tourism Minister Kate Jones.

“To have this investment in the first mega cruise ship terminal for Brisbane I believe will be a game changer for the Queensland tourism industry going into the future,” said Jones.

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