Queensland Premier Campbell Newman
Queensland Minister for Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry John McVeigh
Christmas Boost For Queensland Boaties
Victor P Taffa
Queensland’s boaties and anglers have received an early Christmas present, with the Newman Government announcing the first round of projects funded through the $120 Million Marine Infrastructure program.
Premier Campbell Newman, Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister John McVeigh and Member for Lytton Neil Symes made the announcement while inspecting Manly Boat Harbour the site of three of the projects to be delivered under the program.
“The funding will improve marine infrastructure including boat ramps, walkways and pontoons across Queensland.” Premier Newman said.
“The Department of Transport and Main Roads will deliver the in-water works, with councils to provide the landside facilities, road access and parking.”
“Today’s announcement ticks off another project from our current six-month action plan.”
The first round will include more than 30 projects across the state.
“Recreational boating and fishing is vital to the state’s tourism industry, and this funding will further boost one of the government’s four economic pillars.” Mr. McVeigh said.
“Upgrading these facilities will generate significant benefits for Queensland’s 750,000 recreational fishers and thousands of boaties.”
Neil Symes said the Manly Boat Harbour was one of Queensland’s most popular marine facilities providing access to Moreton Bay and its many islands.
“This funding will allow vital upgrades to improve access for local boaties to one of the most popular waterways in Queensland.” Mr. Symes said.
“Work will begin in the New Year to install new floating walkways on the northern and southern boat ramps, as well as widening both ramps to reduce congestion for boaties.”
“We’re also going to dredge the harbour entrance as part of our vital rolling four-year program to improve access.”
Other Marine Infrastructure Fund projects to be funded in the first round include:
- Reconstruction of boat ramp with floating walkway at Cooktown
- Replacement of boat ramp at Gilbert Street in Karumba
- New ramps and pontoons in Ross River, Townsville
- Upgraded boat ramp and floating walkway at the Conway Road boat ramp in the Proserpine River
- Dredging in Rosslyn Bay boat harbour
- A new ramp and floating walkway at Burrum Heads in the Wide Bay Burnett region
- Floating walkways for the two ramps in Mooloolaba.