A $60 million investment in Hervey Bay tourism infrastructure has been kickstarted by the Palaszczuk Government, with the potential to create more than 200 local jobs and extensive economic opportunities for the Fraser Coast region.
The facilitation agreement with Hervey Bay Boat Club and Club Property Solutions is an important step in the development of Marina Square at Urangan Harbour.
Treasurer and Minister for Investment Cameron Dick said stimulating regional jobs growth is crucial for Queensland’s future.
“Decisions like this drive Queensland’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan,” Mr Dick said.
“They ensure we power out of this pandemic with the projects needed to keep Queenslanders in secure jobs.
“The centrepiece of Marina Square is a 144-room, four-star hotel, the construction of which would see 210 jobs created: 175 during the build and 35 full-time roles in the long-term.
“COVID won’t be here forever, so we want to make sure places like Hervey Bay have the infrastructure needed to support our local economies.”
Marina Square is earmarked for 1.57 ha of state-owned land currently leased to Hervey Bay Boat Club, with construction anticipated to begin mid-2022.
Member for Hervey Bay Adrian Tantari said the project will prove a boost for local jobs and apprenticeships.
“This will mean more work for our tradies and the local construction industry, and that will drive growth in our local tourism industries,” Mr Tantari said.
“It will also commence the redevelopment of the boat harbour that has been talked about for some time, enhancing Hervey Bay’s reputation as the premium whale watching destination in Australia.”
Hervey Bay Boat Club General Manager Tony Bonello said it’s always been the club’s aim to play a significant role in making the harbour all it can be for the community and visitors to the region.
“Urangan Harbour isn’t just one of the most beautiful places on the Fraser Coast, it’s the club’s neighbourhood, its home,” Mr Bonello said.
“That’s why we moved to acquire the lease when it became available. We wanted to work with council and the community to shape a positive future for the harbour.”
Club Property Solutions Director Greg Wilson said while site zoning allows for development up to 30-levels, the focus is on minimising scale while maximising amenity and precinct appeal.
“The concept has been developed in close consultation with council,” Mr Wilson said,
“It’s been our objective to ensure the scheme delivers fully on the community’s vision for activation of the precinct and on current and emerging needs.”
Mr Dick said the project will unlock further private sector investment in Fraser Coast Regional Council’s Urangan Harbour Master Plan, with space for residential apartments, a conference and events centre, and recreational activities.
“The Fraser Coast is growing rapidly and has a huge amount to offer visitors, which is why holiday accommodation is in high demand locally,” he said.
“Facilitating sustainable private sector investment in places like Hervey Bay will help unlock a new era of opportunity for Queensland.”