Jake Reilly with a Passionfruit Trout. He is one of many fishermen likely to benefit from boat ramp upgrades.
Jake Reilly with a Passionfruit Trout. He is one of many fishermen likely to benefit from boat ramp upgrades. Contributed

Christmas could come early for fishing-mad boaties

EXCLUSIVE: THOSE who love to get out on the water in the Mackay region are set to benefit from $1.35 million in boat ramp makeovers.

Our fishing-mad boaties will see upgrades at eight boat ramps, from the area between Victor and Murray creeks in the north through to Campwin and Grasstree beaches in the south.

Some of the money will go towards increasing safety through the installation of lights and closed-circuit television.

Other improvements will include seating, car park upgrades and ramp replacement.

Dawson MP George Christensen and Mackay mayor Greg Williamson will today announce the funding under round three of the Building Better Regions Fund.

"This is great news today for our fishing-mad community with the Morrison Government providing 50 per cent of the funding for Mackay Regional Council's recreational fishing facilities upgrade,” Mr Christensen said.

"It is projects like this that make our regional communities even better places to live, work and raise a family and I'm excited to see the positive difference this funding will make to the community.”

Mayor Williamson said the funding announcement was wonderful news for boaties and would enable council to begin the upgrades.

"The funding will allow us to undertake upgrades of onshore facilities of key boat ramps in our region,” he said.

Mr Christensen said it would be the second big investment in boating facilities he was announcing today.

"I've also announced just under $890,000 to contribute towards the upgrade work going on at the Molongle Creek boating facilities between Bowen and Home Hill,” he said.

"Molongle Creek services the Cape Upstart area - another very popular boating and fishing area of our region.”

Boat ramp upgrades include:

  • Victor Creek - extend car park and install lighting and CCTV
  • Murray Creek - upgrade of car park and install lighting and CCTV
  • Halliday Bay - sealing adjacent picnic area and connecting footway from picnic area to boat launching area and install lighting and CCTV
  • Campwin Beach - car park construction, ramp replacement and install lighting and CCTV
  • Bucasia Esplanade, Carpet Snake Point, Grasstree Beach and Aspley Way - install lighting and CCTV.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the Morrison Government was investing more than $70 million in regional tourism infrastructure, to support regional communities that relied on tourism to bolster their economy.

"Today's announcement continues our commitment to unlocking the economic potential of regional Australia and ensuring our regions continue to thrive,” he said.