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New funding secured for major Townsville tourism project

New funding secured for major Townsville tourism project
September 4, 2019

The Queensland Government has announced $3.5 million in funding towards the Townsville Marine Tourism Precinct development which aims to connect the Townsville CBD and major tourism offerings such as Reef HQ Aquarium, the Museum of Tropical North Queensland and the proposed new Museum of Underwater Art to the water.

Queensland Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the funding was awarded under the government’s major $48 million Attracting Tourism Fund.

“The Marine Tourism Precinct will be a game changer for Townsville. The development on the Strand will replace the current Breakwater Transport Terminal and will include new ferry berths, facilities for buses, a commercial precinct and a brand new 90-room hotel.

“This is about attracting tourists who spend more and stay longer when they come to visit North Queensland.”

The project could also create opportunities in the development of Palm Island through the creation of reef tours and indigenous experiences.

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said this game changing project could attract an extra 200,000 visitors, generate $28.7 million for local businesses and boost gross regional product by $13.1 million.

The Queensland Government’s support is conditional upon a $15 million contribution from the Australian Government.

Image top of Reef HQ Aquarium

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