Federal Government today announces $15 million in support for Townsville ferry terminal. Following is a response from SeaLink Travel Group.
Renewal of Townsville Marine Precinct one step closer
SeaLink Travel Group (SeaLink) has welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to support the Honeycombes Property Group’s planned redevelopment of the SeaLink ferry terminal precinct in Townsville.
SeaLink’s Managing Director, Jeff Ellison, said SeaLink had been working with the Honeycombes Property Group on the redevelopment of the ferry terminal for more than 18 months.
“Today’s announcement brings the project one step closer. The project represents a forecast $60 million investment in the marine precinct and new vessels for the region,” he said.
Mr Ellison said tourism was one of Australia’s industries of the future.
“In North Queensland, tourism is worth more than $800 million, attracting more than one million visitors,” he said.
“It is the life blood for Magnetic Island and the islands to our north, the Palm Island Group, Hinchinbrook and Orpheus Island.
“Today’s announcement is part of the State Government’s Market Led Proposal process and is a win for the future tourism economy in Townsville.
“A new waterfront marine precinct on this site will add value to local residents and the tourism experience in Townsville. Modern, well equipped, convenient ferries and ferry transport systems will facilitate people moving around the CBD and to experience the North Queensland islands.”
Mr Ellison said SeaLink would continue to push forward with the development in conjunction with the Honeycombes Property Group, the Port of Townsville, the local Council and the State Government.
“The aim is to ensure Townsville can provide a modern, up to date and compliant marine precinct that provides a home for SeaLink and a range of tourism and leisure service businesses. The marine precinct can be a hub of activity for both residents and visitors to the City, linked directly to Reef HQ, the proposed HIVE development that includes the Queens Hotel, cultural tourism assets, Flinders Street East and of course the Strand,” he said.
“This exciting project is a key project for the SeaLink Travel Group.”
SeaLink is based in Adelaide, but more than 50% of its business is now in Queensland, including southern Moreton Bay ferry services, Kingfisher Bay Resort and Fraser Island ferries, North Stradbroke Island Ferries and Curtis Island services in Gladstone.
Around Australia, SeaLink provides jobs for more than 1600 staff, with a fleet of 80 vessels, more than 60 coaches, a dozen 4-wheel drive touring vehicles, customer service and marine operations.
SeaLink services link a number of tourism islands off Australia’s coast including, Kangaroo Island, Fraser Island, Magnetic Island, Palm Island, Bruny Island, the Tiwi Islands and Rottnest Island.
Jeff Ellison, Chief Executive & Managing Director,