Curtis and local fisherman at Redbank boat rampThe popular Redbank and Bellenden Ker boat ramps will be upgraded thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s $30 million boost to the Marine Infrastructure fund.

Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said he was thrilled to announce Ports Minister Mark Bailey had listed the Redbank and Bellenden Ker boat ramps in the Government’s 2016-17 program of works.

“If you can’t catch it in Far North Queensland, it’s probably not worth catching,” Mr Pitt said.

“Getting these boat ramps upgraded has long been a priority for me, having heard the feedback from local boaties that access to the water is very difficult in low waters when the tide goes out.

“The Redbank boat ramp will be widened to four lanes and a floating walkway will be installed.

“At Bellenden Kerr, local boaties will benefit through a widening of the existing facility.

“These works will improve safety and accessibility by allowing for faster and improved boat launching and retrieval operations and better access.

“The popularity of recreational boating and fishing in the Far North is continually increasing so it’s important to provide facilities that will meet this demand.

“In fact one in every 19 Queenslanders now owns a boat.”

“Under this program of works we’ll see new boat ramps, pontoons and floating walkways constructed right around Queensland so locals can enjoy our stunning creeks, rivers and waterways,” Mr Pitt said.

“These works will support hundreds of marine and civil contracting jobs across Queensland.

“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to seeing Queensland waterways have great facilities for locals to regularly use, as well as providing a boost for local tourism.

“Recently we launched an online survey for community feedback and I encourage locals to provide their insights as to the Far Northern boating infrastructure most in need of improvements.”

The community can provide feedback by visiting and searching Recreational Boating Facilities.