Fraser Coast to court super yachts
5 December, 2018
Yachtsman and Councillor David Lewis headed up the Fraser Coast delegation at a workshop in Bundaberg on November 19 designed to get the region ready to attract multi-million super yachts.
“The region has a lot to offer people on board super yachts as they cruise the eastern seaboard,” Cr Lewis said.
“Super yachts are large vessels typically more than 24 metres long and the industry has huge potential for the Fraser Coast’s tourism and marine service industries.”
“With so many world-class attractions such as Fraser Island, the Great Sandy Strait and the southern Great Barrier reef, our region has the potential to be a hub for vessels travelling up and down the Queensland coast.”
Queensland government figures indicate the Superyacht Industry provides 3,000 jobs and up to $300 million in Gross State Product each year.
The state government recently announced $335,000 for businesses to target the superyachts as part of its Superyacht Strategy 2018-23.
The government believes Queensland can be recognised globally as a key superyacht mecca in the Asia-Pacific region.
“I’ll be inviting the Queensland Government’s Superyacht Champion, Michael Healy MP, to tour the region’s marine infrastructure and iconic tourism attractions,” Cr Lewis said.
“On the back of the Queensland Government’s announcement last week of grant funds for industry accreditation and agent familiarisation tours, Council is keen to work with marine businesses to attract superyachts and other large vessels to our region.”
Cr Lewis said the Urangan marina precinct had significant potential to grow in the coming years.
“Our Urangan marina precinct is only 10 minutes from the airport- this is very appealing for owners of large vessels who are flying in from interstate and overseas.”
“Superyacht owners typically have more than $30 million net worth. Time is money for this group of people. Being able to enjoy some Hervey Bay scallops by the Esplanade before embarking on a whale watching journey and then on to Lady Elliott Island is an iconic maritime itinerary.
“As demand for berth space continues to grow, I look forward to seeing what the future holds for our marina precinct.”
View the Queensland Superyacht Strategy here.