A new multi-purpose cruise ship terminal is planned for Newcastle Harbour, which will increase tourism in the Hunter region.
The 3000-square metre facility will significantly expand the cruise industry in NSW and will be similar to Sydney's White Bay Terminal.
NSW Minister for Planning Rob Stokes said the project will deliver economic benefits to the region from new conferences, exhibitions and visiting naval vessels.
“The new terminal will not only attract new cruise ships to the annual cruise season but could also be used as a home port for cruises, which means for the first time passengers could start and end their journeys in Newcastle,” Mr Stokes said.
“This includes tourists that will come to Newcastle via the convenience of the newly expanded Newcastle airport and those driving from regional parts of the state.”
The $12.7 million in funding for the project comes from the Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund via Restart NSW. Construction of the building and flow-on economic activity in the region is worth an estimated $26.7 million.