Innisfail boaties will soon get out to where the fish are biting even quicker thanks to a new $440,000 floating walkway at Coconut Point.

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the new 32-metre long walkway, located on the north bank of the Johnstone River, is being built next to the two-lane boat ramp.

“The walkway is close to the river mouth – about five kilometres north-east of Innisfail and it’s great news for everyone who loves getting out on the water,” Mr Pitt said.

“The works are due to be completed by February and once it’s done boaties can put their boat in the water, shuffle their craft out to deeper water at the end of the walkway, and let the next boat launch while they are still parking the car and trailer.”

In November 2011 the contractor carried out some night works around low tide to keep the project on track for completion.

“We have been really fortunate to have such great support from the local community for this project and I’m sure everyone is looking forward to using the facility in the coming weeks,” Mr Pitt said.

Mr Pitt said he was delighted to see another public boating facility being delivered as part of the Bligh Government’s ‘Fishing for the Future’ 2009 election commitment.

“The Coconut Point project is one of 24 pontoons or floating walkways being delivered throughout the state,” he said.

Cassowary Coast Regional Council will manage the new floating walkway on behalf of the government.