The Queensland Government is calling all boaties and recreational watercraft user in central Queensland to come and enjoy the new floating walkway at Turkey Beach. Member for Bernett, Stephen Bennett said the $430,000 floating walkway is being built alongside the existing Turkey Beach boat ramp about 60km south east of Gladstone.
This is great news for our boating community, who will benefit from the new Turkey Beach facility in time for the September school holidays. We’re proud of our recreational boating culture in Queensland, and it’s wonderful to be able to give local’s and tourist new state of the art facilities to help them enjoy Queensland waterways safely.
Mr Bennett said local Queensland company, The Jetty Specialist, was awarded the contract to build the project contract in mid 2011, and built the walkway structure at their factory ahead of installing it. The Jetty Specialist’s efficient way of building the walkway off site means they can get this project installed out at Turkey Beach as quickly as possible.
The floating walkway is being positioned along the right hand side of the existing two lane boat ramp, when it’s finished and open for use, boaties will benefit from the combined use of the boat ramp and the new floating walkway o launch ans safely retrieve their boats.
The boat ramp will be closed during construction, and we remind everyone to please use caution in the area while work is under way. Boaties are still able to access the waterways via alternative boat ramps to the north at Ibis Park Tannum Sands or to the south at Captain Cook Drive, Seventeen Seventy (1770).
We thank everyone for heir patience while we deliver this great new addition to the Turkey Beach area, the walkway is due to be completed by the end of August 2012, weather permitting.
The Turkey Beach floating walkway project was funded through Transport and Main Roads Marine Infrastructure Capital and Maintenance Program