The Queensland Government has given the green light to the development of the $29.5 million East Shores Stage 1B project in Gladstone. State Government-owned Gladstone Ports Corporation will undertake the development of the project, which will inject new economic activity as well as new jobs into the city and region.
“This project will generate at least 100 jobs during construction and has the potential to deliver a major boost to the regional economy, especially through the inclusion of a dedicated cruise ship facility to attract more tourists to the city and surrounding region.
“The East Shores Stage 1B project will extend the precinct to include an interpretative centre, waterfront café, a much larger fishing platform, amphitheatre, Gladstone Maritime Museum, and a cruise ship terminal at the GPC’s Auckland Point wharf facility,” said Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
According to Treasurer Curtis Smith, the government has backed GPC’s plans for the East Shores Stage 1B project. He also stated that the Government is firmly focusing on regional economies as well as creating regional jobs.
“As a state government-owned business, Gladstone Ports Corporation already has a strong track record as a significant contributor to regional, state and national economies.
Member for Gladstone, Glenn Butcher, has welcomed the approval of the project’s development. He said that the inclusion of a cruise ship passenger facility in the plan is a valuable addition to the region’s tourism infrastructure.
“Tourism is a significant component of our already diversified state economy and regions like ours have much to showcase to visitors.
“The cruise ship facility will mean more tourists, which means more jobs for locals,” Mr Butcher said.
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