Key Election Promise Delivered for Recreational Anglers

NT Government

The Territory Labor Government is spending $50 million on recreational fishing infrastructure to enhance the Territory’s reputation as a world-class fishing destination – and delivering on an important election promise.

The infrastructure program is designed to enhance recreational fishing opportunities across the Territory, helping to attract tourists and boost our economy.

As part of this key election commitment, $7 million will be spent to improve the functionality of the Dundee Boat Ramp, which include upgrades of the:

Groyne,Provision of a footpath; andConstruction of a pontoon to allow for safer loading and unloading of vessels.

The Department for Infrastructure, Planning & Logistics will release the tender for the detailed design in early 2022, with the tender for construction expected to be released mid-to-late 2022.

Other $50 million RecFishing infrastructure projects currently underway include the Point Stuart Access Road upgrade with construction due for completion in late 2022, and the Daly River Boat Ramp upgrades, with a new bore being installed to support future works.

The tender to deliver upgrades to the car park and ablution facilities at the Daly River Boat Ramp is scheduled for release in early 2022.

The Territory Government currently has an on-going maintenance contract to support recreational fishing at this popular boat ramp until these improvement works are delivered.

Quotes attributed to the Minister for Recreational Fishing, Paul Kirby:

“The Member for Daly is already kicking goals and all is his hard work has paid off, with a $7m investment for the Dundee community.”

“The Territory is the best place in the world for fishing and a huge part of our lifestyle – these upgrades will create more opportunities for the fishing tourism sector and more jobs during construction.”

“Since we came to Government we’ve built a new boat ramp at Shady Camp, delivered upgrades to Corroboree Billabong road, Middle Arm car park and Dinah Beach boat ramp. We’ve installed $8 million of artificial reefs across the top end, awarded close to $1 million of recreational fishing grants and we’ve stocked the Manton Dam and Palmerston Lakes with Barramundi.

Quotes attributed to the Member for Daly, Dheran Young:

“The Dundee community and our fishos have suffered long enough, using a boat ramp botched by the CLP – now, Territory Labor has stepped in to fix it.”

“This is a great win for the people of Daly and the community of Dundee, with $7 million for upgrades to the boat ramp also helping to boost visitors to the area.”

“Fixing the Dundee Boat Ramp will provide a better user experience for our Territory fishos and their families.”

Quotes attributed to the Chief Executive Officer of AFANT, David Ciaravolo

“AFANT has been advocating for and working with the Government to ensure these much needed upgrades and improvements to the Dundee Beach boat ramp go ahead, so this is a most welcome development for the fishing community

“The Dundee Beach boat ramp is one of the most popular ramps in the Territory and we hope the announced improvements will improve the amenity and safety of this facility

“Making the rock groyne accessible for pedestrians and installing passenger loading infrastructure will ensure that the Dundee Ramp better meets the needs of the fishing community.”

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