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29 April, 2021

Construction to soon start for Midge Point Boat Ramp

A construction contract has been awarded to build Midge Point’s new boat ramp.

Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said works are expected to start mid-year.

"I’m pleased we’re getting close to see works start to support the Midge Point community," Mrs Gilbert said.

“Tenders were evaluated earlier this month and TMR has awarded the contract in a push to get the work started as soon as possible."

Mrs Gilbert said Queensland company Australian Marine and Civil were awarded the $1.55 million contract to complete the works.

"The contract includes construction of a new two-lane boat ramp and 120-metre-long access causeway at Jimmy’s Rocks Road," she said.

“The design of the new facility accounts for the local marine habitat, large tidal range and wave conditions of the Midge Point area.”

Mrs Gilbert said the project was funded through the Palaszczuk Government's Boating Infrastructure Program.

“Communities like ours have some of the highest rates of boat ownership and boat use in the state,” Mrs Gilbert said.

“That’s why our government has prioritised investments in upgraded and new ramps, walkways and pontoons since 2015.

“For our region, that includes upgraded ramps at River Street, St Helens Beach and Dingo Beach, new walkways at Grasstree Beach, Half Tide Tug Harbour at Hay Point and a new walkway in the Mackay Harbour.

“We’ve also provided funding and worked with Council on projects like the new boat launching area at Seagull Street in Slade Point.”

Mrs Gilbert said construction at Midge Point is expected to start in June with completion planned by the end of October, weather permitting.

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