The Outer Harbor passenger terminal is to get a $500,000 facelift. The State Government and the private operator of the Port of Adelaide – Flinders Ports – today announced they had joined forces to fund an upgrade of the terminal.
Key improvements include:
- A new road/traffic system into the terminal precinct – similar to airport drop off zones – for people dropping off or picking up passengers.
- A proposed direct walkway from the terminal to the nearby Outer Harbor railway station.
- Improved facilities inside the terminal.
- A new visitor information area and improved signage/information about South Australia.
- New flooring coverings throughout the building.
- Internal and external painting of building, and;
- Relocating the gangway entry point from the southern end to the northern end of the building to improve the flow of people through the site.
Work on the upgrade has already commenced, and is expected to be completed in time for the next “cruise season”, which starts in November.
Flinders Ports has also demolished a large storage shed alongside the passenger terminal to improve car-parking facilities in the area.
“We are delighted the State Government, through the SA Tourism Commission, has agreed to assist us in upgrading the passenger terminal,” Flinders Ports Chief Executive Officer, Mr Vincent Tremaine, said today.
“Many will say the upgrade is long overdue – and they are probably correct, however we have been working closely with the SA Tourism Commission for some time now to ensure this important tourism project was undertaken,” he said.
“For many visitors to SA, some who are visiting for the first time, the first impression they get of this great State we live in has been of the passenger terminal.
“Today, I am pleased to say, future visitors to SA who arrive by cruise ships will get a much better impression of what this state has to offer.”
Mr Tremaine said about 20 ships were due to dock at Outer Harbor this “cruise season”, which will run from November through to March.
Today’s announcement continues Flinders Ports’ drive to revitalise the Port of Adelaide, including Outer Harbor (and six other ports it operates in South Australia).
In April, the Company officially unveiled the first phase of its $50 million Port Adelaide Bulk Precinct – a $6 million, 2500 square metre, fully-enclosed storage facility, adjacent Berth 29.
In 2006, Flinders Ports joined with the SA Government to fund the $45 million deepening of the State’s main shipping channel at Outer Harbor.
This included deepening the channel by an extra two metres to 14.2 metres, and extending from nine kilometres in length to 11.7 kilometres, the channel from Outer Harbor into St Vincent Gulf.
In 2002, Flinders Ports unveiled a $400 million plan to redevelop the Outer Harbor industrial precinct, a project which continues today.
The Company has also been the driving force behind a number of other major projects in the area including a new $34 million grain berth; $17 million, 149- metre extension of the State’s container terminal; and $15 million, 20,000m2 warehouse for Constellation Wines Australia (formerly the Hardy Wine Company) – all at Outer Harbor.
About Flinders Ports
Flinders Ports is one of Australia’s pre-eminent port operators, currently operating seven ports in South Australia – Port Adelaide, Port Lincoln, Port Pirie, Klein Point, Port Giles, Thevenard and Wallaroo.