The Queensland state government has announced a 12-month trial commencing by mid-year to attract superyachts to Brisbane, predicting “a billion-dollar coup for the city’s economy”.
Minister for State Development Cameron Dick said as part of a state-wide strategy to grow Queensland’s marine industries. The trial will see a dedicated superyacht mooring buoy below the Kangaroo Point Cliffs.
“We want to maximise the jobs and business that superyachts bring with them,” Mr Dick said.
“Superyachts are expected to contribute more than $1.1 billion to gross state product and support nearly 8,000 jobs by 2021 in South East Queensland alone. We want to attract more superyachts to Queensland and Brisbane, and we want them to stay longer and spend more while they are here.”
In 2019, Rivergate welcomed two international superyachts, 74m (243ft) Lürssen-built MY AURORA, and 65m (214ft) Feadship MY CALLISTO for maintenance and repairs.
Maritime Safety Queensland will manage the mooring, including bookings, fees, maintenance, compliance and administration. Reservations can be made directly with Rivergate Marina & Shipyard.