Queensland pollies back boating infrastructure
Major parties announce funding for new infrastructure projects ahead of election.
Labor and the LNP are both pitching for the boating vote in this week's state election, announcing similar policies to fund new boating infrastructure projects around the state.
The LNP has pledged $30 million over four years to the Queensland Marine Infrastructure Fund which will to go towards building new boat ramps, pontoons, floating walkways, artificial reefs and other marine infrastructure projects. Top of the list is an all-tide boat ramp at Molongle Creek, public access to Hinchinbrook Harbour and a new rock wall at Bowen Marina.
“Investing in marine infrastructure up and down the Queensland coast means investing in liveable communities so that more Queenslanders can enjoy getting out on the water,” said LNP leader Tim Nicholls.
“We understand investing in marine infrastructure will attract more domestic and international tourists and will create jobs and help families get ahead.”
Meanwhile Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that Labor would also spend an additional $30 million over two years on a range of infrastructure projects around the state.
“From Manly to Mackay and Cleveland to Cook, my Government has delivered, announced, or commenced construction on more than 100 marine projects since June 2015,” said Premier Palaszczuk.
“One in every 19 Queenslanders own a boat, and Queensland leads the nation in terms of boat registrations with nearly 260,000 registered vessels state-wide.
“As the popularity of recreational boating and fishing continues to increase, we have to ensure our infrastructure keeps up with this demand.”
Infrastructure projects identified by the ALP include:
- $5.5 million to progress the design and establishment of a boat ramp at Yorkeys Knob
- $4 million to construct a new two-lane boat ramp at Newell Beach
- $4 million for construction works on a barge landing site at Scarborough Boat Harbour
- $1.3 million to upgrade the ramp at Cabbage Tree Creek
- $1 million to upgrade the Dohles Rocks ramp to 4-lanes and add a floating walkway
- $5 million to fund channel deepening works at Molongle Creek
- $1.4 million to fund two near all-tide lanes and a floating walkway for the Corbetts Landing boat ramp
- $2.0 million to provide two near all or all-tide lanes at the Thompson Point boat ramp
- $800,000 to construct a two-lane boat ramp with floating walkway at Reidel Road in Carbrook
- $4 million for boat ramps across the Whitsundays including at Midge Point, $1.4 million for a new boat ramp in the Cape Gloucester/Dingo Beach area, and improvements to Shute Harbour
- $1 million for addition lane on the existing boat ramp Grasstree Beach
The Queensland state election will be held this weekend on 25 November, 2017.