Territory Labor know that developing and upgrading infrastructure is critically important to grow the Territory’s economy.
Budget 2021 will see $20 million allocated to the upgrading of the Frances Bay Mooring Lock.
It is necessary to replace the lock and adjacent infrastructure to ensure the long term sustainability of Frances Bay Mooring Basin.
Mostly used for commercial vessels, the Frances Bay Mooring Basin is a key economic enabler for the Territory with 85 berths available for vessels.
Fisheries, the seafood industry, pearlers and commercial operators utilise the basin. By investing in a new lock we are providing long-term certainty for existing businesses and greater confidence for new investment opportunities.
Work is underway in preparing the final scope of works for the lock replacement, which will include replacement of key structural elements of:
- Tie bars; and
- Replacement of the deteriorating concrete structures.
Tenders for this project are set to be released later this year.
Quotes attributed to the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Eva Lawler:
“Creating a pipeline of infrastructure works supports local jobs and local business.
“Budget 2021 is about making sure we have the economic enablers to attract more private investment and cement ourselves as the capital of Northern Australia.
“Frances Bay has long been a safe mooring for Territory vessels, particularly during our Wet Season. The much needed upgrade of the Frances Bay Mooring Lock provides quality infrastructure long term into the future for our commercial fishing and seafood industry and other seafaring industries.”