A new cruise passenger terminal at Port Botany is a step closer after the Federal Government ruled out the use of Sydney Harbour’s Garden Island during the peak cruise season.
Sydney is Australia’s undisputed cruise ship capital, and its growth as a global cruise destination has grown exponentially in recent times.
But port infrastructure in the Harbour City has long been an issue, with capacity at its ports at Circular Quay and White Bay already being stretched to breaking point.
A Port Botany cruise facility has been mooted as a potential panacea for the burgeoning industry, and with a new Cruise Development Plan put forward by the NSW Government, its construction is looking increasingly likely.
Peak cruise body, CLIA Australasia, has welcomed the state government’s plan to ease port congestion by developing the extra terminal.
“Our industry has been advocating for a solution to Sydney’s infrastructure constraints for some years and having a clear plan of action with the NSW Government is a step forward to achieve greater certainty and a platform for growth,” CLIA Australasia chair Sture Myrmell said.
“As well as being at the centre of Australia’s largest cruise market, Sydney is one of the world’s most popular cruise destinations and requires facilities that can support cruising growth and its contribution to the economy.
“Last year alone, the cruise industry contributed more than $5 billion to the national economy supporting the equivalent of 21,000 full time jobs with the majority of this contribution, at 60%, centred on NSW.”
CLIA Australasia also supports NSW’s plan to boost the profile and development of regional ports within the state.