A Brisbane Shipyard is a major step closer to becoming the Asia Pacific region’s premier superyacht destination and a more strategic location for defence and commercial vessels after Rivergate Marina and Shipyard gained approval for a $200 million expansion.
Brisbane City Council has approved Rivergate’s Development Application for an expanded maintenance and refit hub based on the Brisbane River, which would be the catalyst for a jobs and economic bonanza for Queensland’s marine and tourism industries.
The proposed expansion of the internationally acclaimed maritime precinct is forecast to dramatically increase superyacht visitation to Australia while also providing vital new capability to service Australian Defence Force and Australian Border Force vessels.
Key elements of the Brisbane shipyard expansion include a $35 million state-of-the-art shiplift capable of lifting vessels of up to 3,000 tonnes and 90 metres, and new hardstand space, sheds and berthing to service multiple large vessels at the same time. On completion, the expansion would generate an estimated 2,000 new jobs for marine and tourism sectors, inject close to $1 billion into the Queensland economy each year, and ensure the region’s maritime industry is ready for the 2032 Olympic Games.
Rivergate Director Tom Hill welcomed the development approval, which he said recognised the project’s potential to support a range of industries within Queensland and bolster Australia’s sovereign capability amid increasing global security tensions.
“This approval means our expansion is now shovel ready and just waiting on government funding support to get under way,” he said.
Mr Hill said the project represented a step change for the maritime industry that would make it possible for an estimated 60 additional superyachts to visit Australian waters each year.