Newcastle will berth larger ships after $800,000 upgrade of mooring bollards at city's cruise terminal in Carrington, according to Senator Richard Colbeck, Federal Minister for Tourism.

The Australian Government will provide $400,000 in funding, matched by NSW Government.



Minister Colbeck and Scot MacDonald, NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Hunter and Central Coast, visited Newcastle to make the announcement, a couple of weeks ahead of the federal election of Australia.

"This project will support jobs and growth in the Hunter region, increasing its capacity to host large cruise ships and therefore allowing more passengers to visit the region," said Minister Colbeck.

The funding partnership between the state and federal governments has been designed to improve the quality of tourism infrastructure to support increase in visitor numbers. In the announcement no date was given for the project.

Meanwhile, another proposal is under review to build a 2nd Newcastle cruise terminal at Dyke Point.