Newell Beach boat ramp will soon be an all-tide boating facility following the awarding of the $2.36 million construction contract to Queensland company Australian Marine and Civil.
“Queensland-based business AMC is a leader in the marine infrastructure industry, having successfully completed many projects across the state,” Member for Cook, Ms Lui said.
“This is a timely announcement ensuring works get underway in the final months of the year as we promised, supporting local jobs and boaties.
“The project is another example of the Palaszczuk Government providing better public boating facilities across the state and supporting jobs for Queensland marine contractors.
The design features a new, two-lane, boat ramp with a central fixed walkway.
The walkway is best-suited to the site conditions at Newell Beach, primarily to offset wave exposure, but it will be able to also withstand severe weather events such as cyclones.
“I am pleased to say the sought-after fishing platform will be included in the project.
“Through projects like this, over the next four years the Palaszczuk Government is delivering a record $27.5 billion roads and transport plan which is creating 24,000 jobs and driving Queensland economic recovery from COVID-19.”
Ms Lui said consultation with the community would be ongoing throughout the project.
“The project team and contractor will enter further discussions with locals, meeting on Monday evening, 20 September, to discuss the construction schedule and likely traffic impacts,” she said.
On-site works are expected to start shortly. The boat ramp and jetty will be closed for the duration of the works, which are due for completion mid-next year weather permitting.
There are alternative launch sites at Cooya Beach, Dayman Point (Rocky Point), the Daintree River and Port Douglas Boat Harbour while the works are underway.
Funding for the new ramp is provided by Maritime Safety Queensland’s Boating Infrastructure Program.