Friday, July 19, 2024

New marina to berth in Brisbane

A 42-berth marina where commercial and tourist boats can dock overnight on the Brisbane River will be built at Raptis Seafoods, Morningside near the Gateway Bridge, the Queensland Government has announced.

The marina is one of five projects to have been awarded a share in $15 million under Round 1 of the State Government’s Growing Future Tourism program.

While the facility will not provide a tourist pick-up and drop-off point, the marina will give Brisbane’s marine tourism operators a place to anchor after a tough few years that included the 2022 floods and displacement due to waterfront developments across the city, said Queensland Tourism Minister, Michael Healy.

“Brisbane River tourism operators have been asking us for a home base where they could drop anchor overnight and this 42-berth marina provides that facility,” said Mr Healy.

“The temporary river berthing installed by Raptis at their Morningside base has helped some operators get through a difficult period.

“This new project, to be delivered by Raptis with the support of the Queensland Government, makes that space more permanent.”

The new marina is due for completion by April 2025, subject to development approvals.

The Queensland Government funding will contribute towards the overall cost of five projects, together with private funding, due to reach practical completion by 30 June 2026.

The other projects include:

  • A fixed 50-metre jetty at Lindeman Island Resort;
  • Crocodile Hunter Lodge Stage 4, including four two-storey eco-cabins overlooking a crocodile billabong at Australia Zoo;
  • A marine tourism hub at Flinders Street Wharves, Townsville, featuring marina berths and a floating bar/restaurant.

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