Tim Crakanthorp MP, Member for Newcastle, today gave a Notice of Motion in the NSW Legislative Assembly calling on the Government to reverse its decision to withdraw the $12.7m in funding for Newcastle’s cruise ship terminal.
This Notice of Motion will require a debate on the issue with the Minister for Ports, Andrew Constance.
The Government is spending $55m on cruise ship facilities in Eden, the electorate of Transport and Ports Minister Andrew Constance.
Former premier Mike Baird announced funding for the project, regarded as a key piece of regional tourism infrastructure, in 2016.
The port operator requested $4 million in extra funding, but the government has now decided to withdraw the whole $12.7m. .
This is very disappointing for the region, particularly for those tourism operators who are investing in facilities and services to improve our visitor economy.
Quotes attributable to Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp
“I have been a long-time supporter of a cruise ship terminal in Newcastle and the news that plans to build one were dropped due to a lack of funding from the Government was extremely disappointing.”
“Over the long term, this decision will have a devastating impact on Newcastle and the local tourism industry. That is why I am calling on the government to provide the funding Newcastle deserves to deliver a world-class cruise ship terminal.”
“The hypocrisy of the Government’s decision is highlighted by the fact that they have spent $55 million on cruise ship facilities in the Minister for Transport’s own electorate.”
“I remain committed to working with the Port of Newcastle and all stakeholders to diversify the Port, supercharge the local economy and deliver jobs. I promised to raise this issue when Parliament resumed. I can assure my constituents that I will continue to fight for Newcastle.”