North Rockhampton Boat Ramp plans released

Published on 31 May 2017

North Rockhampton Boat Ramp - Artist Impression 2

Rockhampton Region’s boaties are about to see their recreational fishing dreams realised with detailed designs of the North Rockhampton Boat Ramp released and tenders open for construction.

Rockhampton Regional Council’s Infrastructure Committee Chair Councillor Tony Williams said the detailed designs were available for viewing on Council’s website.

“We’ve contacted our key stakeholders, industry experts and local fishing community to let them know the plans are available for them to view and we’re encouraging them to have a look via Council’s website,” Cr Williams said.

“The North Rockhampton Boat Ramp plans include four boat lanes, a floating pontoon, 50 car and boat trailer parks, a boat wash down area, adjacent walkways and an area for single car parks. There will also be a grassed overflow area for an additional 40 car and boat trailer parks.”

“With 5100 registered boats in the Region, there’s no doubt the four-lane boat ramp will be a major boost for local boaties with access to new and upgraded facilities right in time for the next Barra season. 

“Not only that, but fishing tourism is growing in popularity every year, so the long term benefits of the infrastructure upgrades in the coming two years will reach far beyond the fishing community and well into the business community.

The four-lane boating facility will be delivered by the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Rockhampton Regional Council, with funding from the Works for Queensland Program and from the Queensland Government’s Marine Infrastructure Fund.

State Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne said work would begin once the construction tender closed in late June.

“The designs have been signed off for the boat ramp, car parking and floating walkway, so construction on all three can begin as soon as possible after the tender closes in late June,” Mr Byrne said. 

“The process so far has been outstanding and very collaborative; we’ve worked alongside the fishing industry, boaties and Rockhampton Regional Council, and we look forward to continuing that strong partnership as we roll out the infrastructure in the coming years.”

Tenders opened this week for the construction of the North Rockhampton Boat Ramp. For more information, please contact the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Completion of the carpark is planned for the end of November. The boat ramp and floating walkway will be completed before the next Barramundi season in February 2018.

The facility will be located on The Common, adjacent to Callaghan Park, and is one of the major priorities of the Rockhampton Recreational Fishing Development Strategy which was endorsed by Council in September 2016.