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22 July, 2021

Boat Ramp Tender opens

TENDERS for the new $17 million Yorkeys Knob Boat Ramp have been released, with Transport and Main Roads (TMR) set to award construction contracts in coming months.

By Peter McCullagh

Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said the tender meant shovels were closer to getting into the ground for Cairns boaties after years of planning and consultation.

“With all the necessary approvals now secured, we’re looking to progress construction as quickly as possible.

“There has been a lot of work to get the project to this point, and I would like to thank Cairns Regional Council (CRR), Half Moon Bay Golf Club, Yorkeys Knob Boating Club, Yorkeys Knob residents, businesses and local boaties for all their valuable input.”

Cairns Mayor Bob Manning said the council had set aside $2 million this financial year and an additional $1.5 million in the following year to support the critical project.

“This is a much-needed facility for the northern beaches and one that will be welcomed by boaties across the region,” Cr Manning said.

TMR had considered all suggestions from the public consultation period and, where possible, included those suggested ideas in the final design.

The planned facility features a six-lane ramp, three floating walkways and two breakwaters, which will significantly improve Cairns northern suburbs’ capacity for launching and retrieving boats.

The design features 135 car-trailer parks and 63 standard car parks, including six accessible (disabled) parking spaces and a new toilet block.

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