Recreational boating at Rainbow Beach is set to be boosted, with the new $2 million boat ramp and car park at Bullock Point opening last month.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads, in conjunction with the Queensland Government’s Building in Regions Program and Gympie Regional Council, have constructed a new three-lane boat ramp, floating walkway and parking facility at Bullock Point, Inskip.
The new facility is designed to improve safety and access to surrounding waterways and increase patronage to the Bullock Point boat ramp, relieving pressure at other nearby boat ramps. The upgrade will also provide improved parking facilities to support tourists across busy periods and reduce ongoing maintenance on the old structure.
The $2 million project is jointly funded with the Department of Transport and Main Roads contributing $1.5 million, and both the Queensland Government’s Building our Regions and Gympie Regional Council contributing $250 000 each.
Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey, said the new facility was provided to accommodate increased demand in the Rainbow Beach/Inskip area.
“Queensland company Pensar Pty Ltd delivered the project build, and worked extremely well with the local barge operator to ensure their processes were not impacted greatly during the works.
“Works involved demolishing the existing dilapidated boat ramp and building a new three-lane boat ramp including a floating walkway, and constructing a purpose-built asphalt surfaced car park with formalised angle car-trailer parking.
“The new floating walkway will help to reduce congestion at the ramp and assist with boat launching and retrieval activities, especially at busy times.’’
Mr Bailey said the facility would play a big role in improving pedestrian access, particularly for children and mobility-impaired pedestrians entering and leaving vessels at the ramp.
“With the number of boaties accessing our waterways increasing, I am pleased the Government is committed to providing these much-needed boating facilities,’’ Mr Bailey said.
“We thank local boaties for their patience and understanding while the existing boat ramp was closed during delivery of this important upgrade.”
Gympie Regional Council Mayor, Mick Curran, said upgraded recreational areas encouraged more people to enjoy the outdoors.
“This will bring people together and help council support more active, connective and inclusive communities,” Cr Curran said.
“This project was a great collaboration between the Queensland Government and council to improve the accessibility that boaties have to the waterways and offshore destinations near Bullock Point.’’
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