We’ve all heard of SeaLink and their exciting plans to renew Breakwater Terminal, but what benefits will Townsville locals see? As it turns out, there’s quite a few!
What’s on the cards for Breakwater Terminal?
SeaLink’s vision is to create a modern marine tourism precinct that will not only provide opportunities for SeaLink ferries, but also dive operators, fishing charters, hire car centres and more.
Tourism and Townsville – it’s a match
Most locals know tourism plays a part in Townsville – but do we really know how big that part is? Paul Victory, North Queensland’s Regional General Manager for SeaLink, lays it out. “SeaLink currently provides a site with more than one million passenger movements per annum,” he says.
In addition to that, Paul says the Magnetic Island tourism economy is estimated to be worth $50 million annually and our tourism industry as a whole injects a cool one billion into the Townsville Regional economy.
I’m not in tourism – how will this help me?
Not selling ‘I heart Townsville’ shirts or dive trips? It’s okay. This new terminal will benefit a range of locals. “As a whole we are going to see a vibrant tourism space with visitors from around the world, which will create more economic activity and more local jobs,” says Paul.
SeaLink are also talking with council and the state about activating Ross Creek, to enable smaller ferry services to operate along the creek between the Cowboys Stadium, the CBD and the new terminal, Quayside Terminal for Cruise Ships and the Casino on key event dates. In case you missed that, this means ferries to your favourite footy matches!
What about the future?
More tourism in Townsville could spell more jobs – not just for us, but for our kids. There’s also the lure of becoming a launch pad for dive trips internationally, with the planned Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA) set to make our city one of Australia’s most prominent dive destinations. As Paul says, “it is a clean and green industry, we need to plan for its future.”
Read all about the Museum of Underwater Art and what benefits it could bring to everyone in the city here. Plus see incredible photos of previous underwater installations that have made it onto National Geographic lists!