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Whitsunday Regional Council has today resolved to call for tenders for the construction of theWhisper Bay boat ramp upgrade and breakwater.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said she is delighted to take the next step in the project however reiterated that commencement of the project is subject to receipt of the $3 million funding pledged by the State Government in the forthcoming in the 2015/16 State Budget.
“The Whisper Bay boat ramp and breakwater project has been a long time in the making and weare excited to be able to deliver this important public facility to our passionate boating community,” Mayor Whitney said.
“A survey to determine the environmental impact of the breakwater and causeway has beenundertaken and the application for tidal works approval has been lodged with the Stage Agencies Referral Agency (SARA) which is expected to be approved in the next couple of weeks,” she said.
“Subject to receiving the necessary approvals and funding, Council is expecting to commence the project in late August – early September when the weather is most favourable and aims to have it completed by the end of 2015,”
Council’s resolution means Council will call for tenders in three parts as follows:
• Haulage of Rock;• Placement of Rock (Breakwater Construction); and• Boat Ramp Works
Overall the works include development of a breakwater, a floating walkway and a pontoon, as well as widening of the current ramp.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said that Council will also establish a project control committee to overseethe project.
“Council’s newly developed project control committee, comprised of a mix of Councillors andCouncil officers, will ensure maximum efficiency in delivering the project,” she said.
“Council is determined to see this project come to fruition this year and give the community and our rescue services a safe and accessible boat ramp facility as well as easing the parking congestion currently being experienced at other popular boat ramps in the region,” she said.
“We thank the Queensland Government for the funding promise to help deliver this essentialupgrade.”
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