Moreton Island barge bid moves ahead

Moreton Island barge bid moves ahead

A proposal to establish a pedestrian and vehicle barge service from the Redcliffe peninsula to Moreton Island (Mulgumpin) is setting sail.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey says plans for the Moreton Island (Mulgumpin) Barge Development Opportunity project had progressed after a successful expression of interest (EOI) process.

"Late last year, we sought expressions of interest from proponents with demonstrated experience in developing, owning and operating a commercial barge service,” Mr Bailey says.

“Proponents also needed to be willing to establish a new service from the Redcliffe peninsula to Moreton Island (Mulgumpin). Following an EOI invitation, we have successfully identified and shortlisted proposals.

"A second stage invitation to offer along with workshops with proponents are now underway to clarify financial and technical feasibility and proposed mainland barge landing sites.

"Dependent on these outcomes, we will then conduct a detailed evaluation before making a decision."

Strong interest in service

State Member for Redcliffe Yvette D’Ath says renewed commercial interest in the proposal was great news for local business and tourism operators.

"A new barge at the Redcliffe peninsula will offer alternative and increased travel services to Moreton Island, and drive more visitors and tourists to the region," Mrs D’Ath says.

"Boosting travel to these stunning Queensland destinations, means we have new opportunities to drive tourism, increase employment and rebuild local economies.

"This is all about helping this region recover while developing a new, commercially reliable and regular barge service to Moreton Island from our northern suburbs.

"The Palaszczuk Government backs the barge and has committed up to $4 million towards completing this project with the successful proponent.”

The invitation to offer period closes on April 1, 2021.

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