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    Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland
    The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke

    All weather boat park launches for Townsville’s boaties

    Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland
    The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke

    Friday, April 17, 2015

    All weather boat park launches for Townsville’s boaties

    Townsville boaties will have access to some of the best all-weather facilities in Queensland, following the opening of the first stage of the $25 million Townsville Recreational Boating Park today.

    The Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland and Member for Mundingburra, Coralee O’Rourke attended the official opening on behalf of Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Minister Mark Bailey.

    Minister O’Rourke joined Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill to mark the occasion by launching the park’s first boat at the Townsville City Council-Queensland Government-funded facility.

    “Recreational boating and fishing is a popular pastime and a big part of Townsville’s great lifestyle,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

    “We want to ensure there are adequate facilities to get boaties out on the water safely and conveniently.”

    Mrs O’Rourke said the Queensland Government was committed to providing facilities to meet the growing needs of recreational boat owners in the Townsville region.

    “The new boat ramps, walkways and pontoon, which are being built by local contractor CivilPlus, are great additions and will significantly improve access for all users and help reduce congestion at busy times,” she said.

    “The stage one facilities include two four-lane boat ramps, each with a floating walkway, 220 vehicle-trailer parks, eight wash-down bays, and lighting.”

    A 30m pontoon, available for deeper draught vessels, has also been completed as part of this stage, however its location means it will not be accessible until stage two works are complete.

    Townsville City Council has refurbished the old trawler jetty with new railings, seating and shelters, making it an ideal spot for land-based anglers and sightseers.

    On-shore works also finished by council include an extensive upgrade to underground stormwater drainage, and the installation of an innovative bio-retention basin, the second of its kind in Queensland.

    Councillor Hill said the new boating park was the result of a partnership between Council, the Queensland Government and the Port of Townsville, along with input from the local boating community.

    “The facility has been keenly anticipated by many boat owners and as the staged project is completed it will go a long way towards addressing the shortage of ramps and boat parking facilities in Townsville,” she said.

    “The park will provide opportunities for land-based fishing and sightseeing, making it a great destination for locals and tourists alike.

    “We are extremely grateful for the strong funding commitment from the Queensland Government to help provide what is one of the best boat launching facilities on the Queensland coast and the largest one of its kind in Australia.”

    In addition to the stage one works, the Queensland Government has invested $3 million in dredging to provide better access from the river mouth up to the Barnicle Street ramps, along with the installation of navigational aids.

    Stage two works are underway, with timing being brought forward for completion in July, weather permitting.

    Works include construction of two four-lane boat ramps and a 50m disability access pontoon.

    Access to stage two will be provided by Council as part of its on-shore works, which include 120 additional parking bays.

    CCTV cameras will be installed, along with landscaping in the park area and picnic areas.

    Details of the master plan for the boating park are available on Council’s website www.townsville.qld.gov.au.

     

    Media contact: Minister O’Rourke’s office 0417 119 473