Plans for a new mega-cruise ship terminal near the mouth of the Brisbane River have moved a step closer after key stakeholders reached an in-principle agreement with the Port of Brisbane last month.

The deal covers key commercial and technical issues involving the Queensland Government, Brisbane City Council and Queensland Urban Utilities, and allows work to move forward on the design and engineering of the terminal.

Queensland’s Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment, Curtis Pitt, said good progress had been made to overcome hurdles and develop a facility that would bring a welcome economic boost.

“The cruise sector already supports more than 2,700 jobs in Queensland and we want to see this number grow because the cruise industry supports local businesses and sustains our regional communities,” Pitt said.

“The proposed new terminal will be able to accommodate the mega-ships now becoming widespread in the cruise industry,” he said.

“It’s estimated that over 60% of cruise ships in Australia will be longer than 270 metres by 2020.”

If approved, the $100 million project would be completed during the 2019-20 cruise season.

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