THE $158 million Brisbane International Cruise Terminal has received the green light from govt, allowing preparations to get underway next month. Located at Luggage Point on the north side of the Brisbane River, the terminal will be capable of hosting vessels longer than 270m. The terminal building will be around 9,300m2 set over two levels and connected to a 200m long wharf, with two air bridges facilitating the movement of passengers on and off the ships. There will also be public open spaces, parking for cars and buses and extensive landscaping across the site. Site preparations will begin in Nov, while construction of the wharf will begin mid-next year, and construction of the terminal in “around 12 months”. Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt welcomed the progression of the Port of Brisbane’s cruise terminal Market Led Proposal, noting the investment would bring increased opportunities for tourism operators and other sectors. “Once the terminal is operational it is expected the additional cruise ships stopping in Brisbane could continue their journey up the coast to destinations like Cairns and give visitors the opportunity to visit other iconic destinations such as the Great Barrier Reef,” he said. Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd ceo, Roy Cummins said should the project receive ACCC approval, the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal would prove to be adefining piece of the State’s tourism infrastructure network. “This new cruise terminal will secure the future of cruise tourism in south-east Queensland and help bring the world’s biggest cruise ships to Brisbane,” he said.