Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

World-class supplier to build Cascade Pier vessels

Media Release


29 June 2017

  • Birdon Pty Ltd has been chosen to design and build four custom passenger and cargo vessels for Cascade Pier
  • These vessels will improve loading and unloading of passengers and freight
  • Australian Government investing $16.4 million into Cascade Pier plus another $4.68 million to design and build the vessels

Birdon Pty Ltd has been selected to design and construct four new custom passenger and cargo vessels to service Norfolk Island, Minister for Local Government and Territories Fiona Nash announced today.

Minister Nash said the vessels would make loading and unloading passengers and freight much easier and simpler.

“These vessels will improve safety while loading and unloading and mean Cascade Pier will be able to used in more difficult weather,” Minister Nash said.

“The vessels can also be used at Kingston Pier if needed.

“Birdon is one of Australia’s best ship builders and has built a wide range of vessels for different industries.”

Birdon has a strong background in the maritime construction industry. Its experience includes military and marine construction operating throughout Australia, the USA and Europe.

Representatives from Birdon and the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development were on Norfolk Island earlier this month. They consulted with members of Norfolk Island Regional Council’s Lighterage staff regarding the design of the vessels. 

A contract is in place between Birdon Pty Ltd and the Commonwealth for the construction and delivery of the vessels.

The announcement is on top of the $16.4 million the Australian Government is already investing into the pier which includes the purchase of the new hydraulic crane.