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Establishing a functional next generation working port and “Northern Australia’s Premier Logistics Hub”


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Queensland’s largest locally based marine fleet Australia’s largest tourism fleet - 187 passenger vessels registered carrying over one million visitors to the reef each year. One of Australia’s largest fishing industry ports with 700 vessels registered. The largest fleet of cargo and work vessels home ported in Northern Australia. Australia’s north eastern naval base and other government vessels eg Border Force The largest number of commercial vessels registered in Queensland – 1,603 next closest is Brisbane at 1,188 vessels


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The largest number of cruise ship visits to North Australia; The largest number of super yachts and cruising yachts visitations; Increasing numbers of bulk cargo ships delivering the region’s needs for fuel fertilisers and export shipments of sugar from the immediate district; Growing regional shipping activities eg SeaSwift, Freeport; Substantial number of visits of naval vessels.

Backing up the shipping operations are:  Three shipyards with supporting industrial services;  Administrative and other professional services;  The Great Barrier Reef Marine College.


Essentially double what we have now in 2018! • How do we service this?


Constrained working port and a view that our future options are limited. ◦ This has restricted our investment options; ◦ Has lead to Mourilyan being touted as the trade port solution; ◦ Has allowed for poor development choices on Ports North controlled land (with respect to port operations)

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Poor infrastructure (but a plan to expand?) Dredging plan to allow larger vessels. ◦ not just cruise vessels but where will they unload? ◦ dredging will be complimentary for an expanded Port


86ha


Current fuel farm

Current working port

Current working port moves

Current fuel farm moves

Current Marine Industries Precinct New Road and Rail access

New Working Port Precinct (over 300Ha)

New Fuel Precinct


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A fully sustainable long term cargo solution; Removes the working port area from the city limits; Allows foreshore development while at the same time securing a long term working port; Removes fuel farm risk from CBD boundary; Allows for logistics hub movements without coming into CBD limits; Deep water access for cargo vessels; A proper flexible working port solution with expansion options


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You avoid dredge spoil being dumped at sea. Instead it can be dug out, treated and used as land fill to create land with a high commercial value; CRC wins by opening up existing valuable port land for urban development thus increasing rate revenue; State Govt wins by creating an increased industrial and port related land bank; Federal Govt wins by providing GBR dredge spoil solution and creating expansion options for HMAS Cairns; Marine industry wins by having increased vessel movements and significant potential for growth; Industry and business wins as there is a clear vision for a logistics and transport hub in Cairns and Northern Australia;


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Define the environmental parameters; Develop high level economic model and how this fits into the key growth pillars of our economy; Concerted effort to deliver this as a new “state of the art” development in an environmentally constrained area by dealing in facts; Develop this as a visionary solution for Cairns at all levels of Government as it allows both City Development and the development of “Northern Australia’s Logistics Hub”; CRC to incorporate into the City Planning Scheme

Cairns Port - future strategy by Enterprise North Inc.  

Establishing a functional next generation working port and “Northern Australia’s Premier Logistics Hub” by Enterprise North Inc. www.enterpr...

Cairns Port - future strategy by Enterprise North Inc.  

Establishing a functional next generation working port and “Northern Australia’s Premier Logistics Hub” by Enterprise North Inc. www.enterpr...

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