11/04/2022 12:04 PM
As the first cruise ships in two years make their way back to Australian shores, consultation will commence this week to transform the Port of Eden into a destination of choice for some of the world’s largest cruise liners.
Minister for Transport and Veterans David Elliott encouraged the local community and interested groups to provide feedback on the detailed proposal to modify the Eden Cruise Wharf on the state’s far south coast.
“The multi-award winning Eden Welcome Centre is the ocean gateway to the sparkling Sapphire Coast and beautiful Bega Valley and these upgrades would allow us to unlock the region’s full economic potential,” Mr Elliott said.
“There has been growing demand from the cruise and shipping industries and the Royal Australian Navy to expand the use of existing facilities.
“With Eden strategically located between Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand cruise destinations, we know there is an appetite for increased cruise visits and modifications would allow larger vessels to add this beautiful part of NSW to their itineraries.
“We want to support local business and communities by better using the existing infrastructure at Eden to deliver greater economic opportunities for a region that has done it tough over the past few years – through drought, fires and the pandemic,” Mr Elliott said.
The proposed modifications at Eden Cruise Wharf include:
- an increase to the current limit of 60 vessels a year to visit the wharf and region;
- allow vessels up to 370 metres long to berth (up from the current 325m), to accommodate some of the largest ships in the world carrying up to 6,700 passengers;
- allow vessels to stay at berth overnight 7 days a week, similar to the current infrastructure approval for vessels less than 100 metres (embarking/disembarking passengers and general cruise ship activities would remain restricted to between 7:00am and 10:00pm); and
- allow non-cruise ships greater than 100 metres in length to carry out operational activities, such as loading and unloading.
Consultation with community groups and stakeholders over the next few weeks will inform an environmental assessment report for assessment and consideration by planning authorities.
The cruise industry complements the Sapphire Coast's existing visitor market of approximately one million visitors per year with cruise passengers spending around $390 per day when on shore.
To find out more about the proposal, visit Eden Cruise Wharf | Port Authority New South Wales (portauthoritynsw.com.au)
To register your interest for updates and to be notified when you can have your say email: EdenCruiseFacilityMOD3@portauthoritynsw.com.au