image2Treasurer Curtis Pitt today announced that the Edmonton and Fearnley Street Boat Ramp in Portsmith would both undergo Government-funded upgrades following calls from the community.

“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,” Mr Pitt said.

“We will be investing $1.3 million on upgrades and maintenance works at the Edmonton boat ramp and Fearnley Street ramp in Portsmith – This will buy a new pontoon to be installed in Edmonton and also cover the costs of rebuilding the existing boat ramp and floating walkway at Fearnley Street.

“We’ll also undertake maintenance at Tinaroo’s Church Street ramp, to ensure safe access into the lake.

“Fishing and being out on the water is synonymous with our way of life and 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.

“Whether you’re in a tropical creek, heading bush or exploring the rich waters of the Coral Sea, the fact is if you can’t catch it in Far North Queensland then it’s probably not worth catching.”

Mr Pitt said works were already underway right around Queensland to widen, rebuild and upgrade boat ramps, pontoons and floating walkways courtesy of the Palaszczuk Government’s $30 million boost to the Marine Infrastructure fund.

“Earlier this year I announced that the Redbank boat ramp would be widened to four lanes and a floating walkway will be installed and we’re also widening facilities at the Bellenden Kerr boat ramp,” Mr Pitt said.

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

“One in every 19 Queenslanders own a boat, and the popularity of recreational boating and fishing is continually increasing – it’s important to provide facilities that will meet this demand.

“That’s why we’re investing more than $30 million in vital boating infrastructure upgrades under the Marine Infrastructure fund over the next two years.”

An online survey was recently launched to obtain community insight as to what local boating infrastructure is needed. To provide feedback visit

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