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    Main Roads, Fisheries and Marine Infrastructure
    The Honourable Craig Wallace

    New fishing platform opens at Clontarf

    Main Roads, Fisheries and Marine Infrastructure
    The Honourable Craig Wallace

    Wednesday, September 14, 2011

    New fishing platform opens at Clontarf

    Locals and visitors can now ‘throw a line’ from the new fishing platform at Clontarf.

    Main Roads, Fisheries and Marine Infrastructure Minister Craig Wallace today officially opened the platform, which is part of the $315 million Houghton Highway Duplication Project.

    “The new Hays Inlet Fishing and Recreation Platform is a great facility which will be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike,” Mr Wallace said.

    “I’m pleased the new platform has opened in time for the Spring school holidays so families can make the most it.

    “They’ll be able to make real day of it by fishing, cycling, walking or simply spending time along the beautiful foreshore.

    “For more than 30 years, keen fishers cast their lines from the Hornibrook Bridge and we felt it was important to preserve some of that history.

    “For that reason, the new platform has been built using some of the materials from the historic Hornibrook Bridge.”

    Member for Sandgate Vicky Darling said the old Hornibrook Bridge was a popular fishing destination.

    “We wanted to ensure that culture would remain long after the bridge itself was removed for safety reasons,” Ms Darling said.

    “This platform will complement the Pine River fishing platform that forms part of the Ted Smout Memorial Bridge.”

    Member for Redcliffe Lillian van Litsenberg said locals and stakeholders provided important feedback to help plan the facility.

    “The location of the fishing platform was chosen to give the best access to the Hays Inlet channel,” Lillian said.

    “We listened to the community and fishing bodies who told us that a platform over Hays Inlet would provide anglers with optimum fishing opportunities.”

    The Houghton Highway Duplication Project is expected to be fully completed late September 2011, weather permitting.

    Media contact: Minister Wallace’s office 3896 3691