Extending Townsville’s tourist reach
The Queensland Government and SeaLink are exploring an exciting tourism opportunity in Townsville to develop a new ferry terminal and integrated transport hub.
$56 million (estimated)
Stage 2: Detailed Proposal stage of the Market-Led Proposal program
About the proposal
SeaLink plans to work with partners to develop a renewed Breakwater Terminal marine precinct, a new ferry terminal and integrated transport and tourism hub on the southern end of the current Breakwater Terminal on Port of Townsville land within the Townsville City Waterfront Priority Development Area (PDA). SeaLink will also manufacture two new ferries in Queensland.
This $56 million development has the potential to transform an ageing site into a thriving tourism precinct and the new ferries will boost connections between Townsville and Magnetic and Palm Islands, within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
If approved, the project could commence construction in 2019-20 and is proposed to support an average of 83 jobs during its 18-month construction period.
Alignment with government policy, priority and community need
- The development of a new ferry terminal within the Port of Townsville supports tourism in this Priority Development Area (PDA), the revitalisation of which is a key objective of the Townsville City Deal and a priority noted in the State Infrastructure Plan.
- The ferries will be manufactured in Queensland.
Justification for direct negotiation
- SeaLink’s existing contractual arrangements and its capabilities and experience mean it is best placed to develop the terminal and deliver it quickly, allowing benefits to flow to the local economy sooner.
Value for money
- Townsville waterfront land, owned by the Port of Townsville, would be better utilised and Townsville and surrounds would benefit from new tourism infrastructure.