South Street boat ramp open for business
16 July 2019
The finishing touches are being applied to a new car park at the South Street boat ramp in Maryborough.
The Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien and Councillor Denis Chapman toured the site today as electricians finished installing the last of the solar-powered lights at the carpark.
The project, in Prickett Park beside the Lamington Bridge, Maryborough, was built by Kirbro Contracting Pty Ltd.
The $780,655 project was funded by a $390,328 grant from the Australian Government Building Better Regions Round 2 Infrastructure Projects Stream and $390,327 from Council.
“The new car park includes 23 car and trailer parks and 18 car parks (including two disabled car parks) and four rigging/de-rigging bays,” Cr Denis Chapman said.
“This has also included improvements to the stormwater drainage and landscaping.”
Boat ownership in Australia is increasing, Mr O’Brien said.
“It is a pleasure to be able to help bring boating facilities to the region,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Recreational boat use in this region is increasing
“According to national statistics, Queensland has the second highest ownership of boats per head of population – almost 16% of Queenslanders own a boat.
“If you look at the statistics from the Queensland Department of Transport, 24,000 Recreational Marine Drive Licences were issued in the 12 months between November 2017 and November 2018 and an extra 713 boats were registered in our region.”