The NSW Government and Port of
Newcastle today revealed the design of the new Newcastle Cruise Terminal which
will transform the cruise passenger experience in Newcastle.
The purpose-built facility will
cover approximately 3,000m2 and will include facilities for passenger drop-off and
pick up, coach parking and vessel provisioning.
Port of Newcastle's CEO, Geoff
Crowe, said the Newcastle Cruise Terminal would provide a professional transit
experience for passengers arriving in Newcastle and a positive first impression
of the city.
"We are excited to share the
concept design for the Newcastle Cruise Terminal which reflects Newcastle's
position as a world-class cruise ship destination. The traveller experience is
central to GHD Woodhead's design, with harbour views, ease of movement, natural
daylight and a generous sense of spacing greeting passengers.
"The new cruise terminal, to be
built at the Channel Berth, will enable the Port to receive more and larger
cruise ships in the future. Importantly, it will position Newcastle as a home
port where ships can start and finish their destination in Newcastle.
Eventually cruise visits could also be aligned with major events, such as the
V8 Supercars, adding another dimension to the visitor and tourism experience,"
"According to the Australian
Cruise Association's estimates, cruise shipping in Newcastle currently injects
around $11 million per annum to the local economy. Homeporting has the
potential to deliver even more economic value to the region via more cruise
ships and more visitors and the opportunity for local businesses to provide
goods and services for the provisioning of vessels."
The $12.7 million Newcastle
Cruise Terminal is funded by the NSW Government's Restart NSW Hunter
Infrastructure Investment Fund.
The design was unveiled by the
Parliamentary Secretary for Planning, the Central Coast and the Hunter, Scot
MacDonald, who said the Newcastle Cruise Terminal would be a major boost for
the Hunter's tourism sector.
"The Newcastle Cruise Terminal
is a big win for the region and a key part of Newcastle's revitalisation. It
cements the city as an international cruise destination and will deliver flow
on benefit to the region's already thriving tourism industry. Additionally, it
complements the increased capacity of Newcastle Airport," said Scot.
"The NSW Government has
contributed $13.1 million towards the $13.5 million Newcastle cruise upgrades*.
The Hunter Research Foundation has estimated the projects will contribute
around $26.7 million to the local economy and an additional 76 jobs through
construction and flow-on effects."
said he was thrilled to share the design with the community after many months
of detailed planning.
"Throughout the design process,
Port of Newcastle has worked with the cruise industry, tourism representatives
and Australian border agencies to factor in their requirements.
"Unveiling the design is a
significant step and it is only going to get more exciting from here.
Construction will commence in early 2018 and Novocastrians will have a cruise
terminal to call their own by the end of next year," said Geoff.
"We look forward to welcoming
the Explorer of the Seas on her maiden visit to Newcastle in February
2019 - the largest cruise ship to visit our port carrying 3,900 passengers."
The principal contractor will
be appointed in early 2018.
*The $13.5 million Newcastle
cruise infrastructure upgrades include:
- a $12.7 million cruise
terminal, funded by the NSW Government, and
- new mooring bollards
($800,000), jointly funded by the NSW Government and the Federal Government,
completed in May 2017.
Port of Newcastle: Lauren Eyles, Executive Manager
Communication | 02 4908 8214.
Scot MacDonald | 0408 450 032