The Annastacia Palaszczuk-led Queensland ALP government has rejected any capital dredging of the Trinity Inlet and Cairns Port - in large part because the COST:BENEFIT analysis showed clearly that the project would be an abject waste of money.
But reporter Nick Dalton at the Cairns Post, a financial reporter that rarely exhibits any financial acumen, has continued the exaggeration of cruise ship economic impacts on the city. This kind of bullshit enables the community blockheads to continue beating this profoundly dead horse when it's cited as "accurate".
WE WON'T ALLOW BULLSHIT TO GO UNCHALLENGED
The published cruise ship visit calendar published by Ports North shows 34 Cairns visits. Over 1/2 of these ships have a capacity of 1500 passengers or less (and the ships are rarely full). Even assuming all these ships are full, the actual number of passengers is less than 60,000 - not 100,000 as Dalton claims.
So the $30M in his story (apparently Dalton is under the delusion that the average spend is $300/passenger) is already wrong by almost 50%. But his spend-per-passenger number is also grossly in error.
Editor's Note: Even this statement by Cummings Economics is nonsensical. It doesn't explain why a passenger docking at Yorkey's Knob would spend $172/day but the same passenger spends $220/day if ported in the city. Cummings claims it's because fewer passengers come ashore, but as this is a per-passenger estimate. . . .but Cummings lack of logic is another story.
Sure, it's $12M. But look at it in context - one ship visit has the economic impact of one 300-passenger international airplane arrival into Cairns (with TEQ estimating that a Cairns visit has a spend-per-passenger of $1025).
Paying the airlines to fly planeloads of passengers into Cairns for FREE is a better investment than dredging our port.
And just as predicted, the one lonely comment to this Cairns Post nonsense shows the level of intellect on the "pro-dredging" side. This writer is a frequent mouth-breather caller to the Cueball Mackenzie show. You're all entitled to your own opinions. You're just NOT entitled to your own facts. Try reading a little, Mr. Wentworth. The "idiots in Brisbane" clearly read the EIS, and said no thanks.