New Emu Park Boat Ramp Location Inspected By Minister

New Emu Park Boat Ramp Location Inspected By Minister

Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Ports Mark Bailey

Minister Visits Capricorn Coast Roads And Boat Ramps

Victor P Taffa

Main Roads and Ports Minister Mark Bailey were in Central Queensland today inspecting local boating facilities and roads with Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga.

Mr. Bailey said he had visited the proposed site for a new boat ramp at Emu Park and also inspected Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road.

“The Member for Keppel is a strong advocate for the Capricorn Coast community. It’s great to spend some time in her electorate, talking about the issues most important to local residents.” Mr. Bailey said.

“The Palaszczuk Government is currently undertaking a Social and Economic Benefits and Impacts Study for a proposed boat ramp at Fisherman’s Beach, Emu Park.”

“One in every 19 Queenslanders owns a boat, and the popularity of recreational boating and fishing is continually increasing, it’s important to provide facilities that will meet this demand.”

“We want to hear from the community including residents, businesses and boaties about the proposed boat ramps and the future impacts and benefits for the community.” Mr. Bailey said.

Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said locals could have their say on the Emu Park Recreational Boating study.

“No one knows the area as well as local boaties do, that’s why it’s important to give them the opportunity to discuss their recreational boating needs.” Ms. Lauga said.

“I would encourage all interested to visit the Get Involved website, fill out the survey and have your say about the future of our local boating facilities.”

Mr. Bailey also inspected Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road, one of two state-controlled roads linking Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast.

“Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road is used by over 11,000 vehicles a day and is an important link for tourism and the Capricorn coast communities.” Mr. Bailey said.

“In the last 12 months the Palaszczuk Government has delivered $900,000 worth of safety projects on Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road by clearing hazards on the road corridor, improving safety for motorists.”

“Next month we will begin installing almost 3.7 km of guardrails along various sections in a project worth about $700,000, continuing to improve safety for all road users.” Mr. Bailey said.

Ms. Lauga said there was still approximately 20 km of Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road that remains only two-lane.

“I’m pleased to see safety works take place on this important stretch of road, and I’ve been talking to the Main Roads Minister about future planning and funding for Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road.” Ms. Lauga said.

“I’ve taken the Minister to see the road and the parts that need duplication because I want to make sure this road continues to support the growing traffic demands of the Capricorn Coast, now and into the future.”

The online survey for the Emu Park Recreational Boating study is located on the Get Involved website. Consultation will close on Monday 16 May 2016.