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Newcastle to get cruise ship terminal

AAP logoAAP 26/09/2016

NSW's second major cruise ship terminal will be built in the Port of Newcastle.

The $12.7 million multi-purpose terminal will be 3000 square metres and similar in scale to Sydney's White Bay Terminal.

The Hunter region will be able to grab a bigger slice of the growing cruise ship industry once the facility is built, Premier Mike Baird said on Tuesday.

"This project secures the future of cruise shipping in Newcastle and gives the city and the region the opportunity to compete for the growing east coast tourism trade," he said.

Local tourism officials have been lobbying the state government for years for a permanent facility to be built to replace the temporary marquee.

The Queen Elizabeth liner had to rotate almost 360 degrees so it could reverse into a berth at the port earlier this year.

"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," Planning Minister Rob Stokes said.

The terminal's construction and associated flow-on economic activity is expected to generate an estimated $26.7 million to the regional economy.

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