The HMAS Gladstone will be transformed into a tourist attraction at its East Shores mooring.
The HMAS Gladstone will be transformed into a tourist attraction at its East Shores mooring. Therese Richards

Funding for HMAS Gladstone to become tourist attraction

The HMAS Gladstone is one step closer becoming a tourist attraction with public access and guided tours after the State Government announced more than $116,000 in funding for the project. 

Works will make the ex-Navy ship safe for the public, add an access walkway and paint the superstructure.

The funds were allocated through the Commonwealth's Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure (TDDI) program, which provides Queensland with $7.8 million to be invested in local projects over four years.

Minister for Tourism Kate Jones announced on Friday that Gladstone was one of eight projects allocated funding to begin works in 2015-16.

Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Ltd Chief Executive Darryl Branthwaite said the funding was a great boost to the region's tourism industry. 

"We are excited with this announcement and addition to the East Shores Precinct, which will help attract more visitors to our region, give them a better experience and help meet our 2020 targets for tourism," he said.

"This is also well-timed to coincide with the first arrival of P&O Cruises into the region on Sunday March 20, 2016.

"Gladstone is home to a world-class harbour, and it is great to see another advantageous use of the facility."



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