Environmental approval for $120m port project
Ports North chairman Russell Beer said he was proud of Ports North’s achievement in delivering such a comprehensive EIS to make this opportunity now a reality and he thanked the community and stakeholder groups for their input.
“The project builds upon the significant existing tourism infrastructure network in Cairns to facilitate increased tourism opportunities in the region and supports the overall growth of the cruise ship sector in Queensland,” he said.
“This project delivers an important opportunity to generate more than $850 million in benefits to the region boosting tourism and the economy while generating job growth.
“The widening and deepening of the existing navigation channel to allow larger cruise ships to berth at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal will also enable future expansion of the HMAS Cairns Navy base, improve access and efficiency for bulk cargo and larger visiting Navy vessels while providing increased resilience for the Port of Cairns against extreme weather events.”
While this was a significant milestone in the process, Mr Beer said there were further approvals still being progressed including Commonwealth Government environmental approval in accordance with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act and completion of a detailed business case in accordance with the Building Queensland Framework.