Cruise visits bid not plain sailing

THE mission to get cruise ships into Great Sandy Marine Park may not be straightforward, with permits required and queries on how tourists would get to the mainland, including possibly to Bundaberg.

Marine park legislation requires a permit for cruise ships to enter the Great Sandy Strait, and the depth of the water near the marina is causing concerns.

Last week the Fraser Coast Chronicle confirmed P&O Cruises had the Fraser Coast on its destination radar.

Fraser Coast Regional Council Tourism spokesman Stuart Taylor said permits would likely be a minor issue compared to other issues.

Cr Taylor said ideas on transporting tourists to the marina had been sought.

"One of those was to use the whale-watching fleet as a tender," he said.

"If we have legitimate interest from any cruise company I'm sure the state, federal and local governments can work together to make it happen."

A National Parks Recreation Sport and Racing spokeswoman confirmed a permit would be required.

Cr Taylor said he remembered larger boats travelling as far south as Kingfisher Bay Resort.

He had previously told the Fraser Coast Chronicle he was working with Fraser Coast Opportunities and Tourism and Events Queensland to secure a deal with a cruise company.

The Chronicle put questions to Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen about legislation and the possibility of ships in Hervey Bay to boost tourism but he did not respond.



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