Capricornia boaties will reel in delight thanks to a $2.1 million upgrade by the Palaszczuk Government for the Stanage Bay boat ramp.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey made the announcement and said following the Easter school holidays, Queensland-based business Pensar would begin upgrading amenities for the popular boatie destination.
“The Palaszczuk Government committed at the last election to its $30 million Marine Infrastructure Fund, and we are delivering on this across the state including along the Capricornia Coast,” Mr Bailey said.
“Once complete, boaties hooked on Stanage Bay will be able to make the most of two, four-metre wide lanes, a new 2.5-metre-wide floating walkway and a new breakwater, providing greater protection from the elements.
Minister Bailey said in addition to delivering better facilities for boaties, the upgrade would also generate a much-needed economic boost for the local area.
“Through the Palaszczuk Government’s Buy Queensland strategy, this project will also deliver local job opportunities, creating 10 direct jobs over the life of the project.
“Stanage Bay is the gateway to some of the Capricornia Coast’s most sought after recreational boating spots, and this upgrade is a great result for local boaties, local businesses and visitors alike.”
Member for Keppel and Assistant Education Minister Brittany Lauga said the Palaszczuk Government would continue to deliver for boaties in partnership with communities, councils, port and water authorities.
“When it comes to boating, Queensland is the place to be,” Ms Lauga said.
“One in 19 Queenslanders are recreational boating enthusiasts, and I’m proud to be one of those. That’s why the Palaszczuk Government is focused on building more facilities and essential improvements – so keen anglers can continue to enjoy their time on the water.”
Works are expected to start in late April and are due for completion in October, weather permitting.
The ramp will remain partially open during construction with one lane remaining open and a traffic management plan set up by the contractor.