Wednesday, 17th April 2019
$3.6M Burketown Wharf Upgrade Opened
A $3.6 million upgrade to the Burketown Wharf will be officially opened by northern-based Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald on Wednesday, on the eve of Burketown’s world-famous Barramundi Fishing Competition.
The marine infrastructure upgrade was jointly funded by the Australian Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund ($994,000), the Queensland Government’s Marine Infrastructure Fund ($1.415m), Community Resilience Fund ($450,000) and Transport and Tourism Connection Program ($200,000) and the Burke Shire Council ($300,000).
The construction of a barge-capable boat ramp and all-weather car-park was included in the Wharf upgrade, with the project generating 25 jobs during construction.
Senator Macdonald said the upgrade of the Burketown Wharf will drive economic development, improve remote liveability and boost tourism in the area through fishing.
“For North West Queensland, fishing is a large part of life and a key driver when it comes to tourism,” Senator Macdonald said.
“The Burketown Wharf is the busiest in the Shire and it will only get busier, so these upgrades will allow the Burke Shire Council to cater to more tourists, commercial fishing operators and locals.
“These types of upgrades are essential for the development of remote and regional communities in Queensland.”
The Morrison Government has previously invested $1 billion into strengthening communities and driving economic growth through the National Stronger Regions Fund.
Senator Macdonald said he was very happy to see the Australian Government partner with the Burke Shire Council in all three rounds of the National Stronger Regions Fund.
“We have delivered some crucial economic development and remote liveability projects, in partnership with Burke Shire Council and the Queensland Government,” Senator Macdonald said.
“This includes the transformative Doomadgee to Burketown Fibre Optic Project in 2016, the construction of the Burketown Wharf Pontoon in 2014 and now the full upgrade to the Burketown Wharf.”
LNP Candidate for Kennedy Frank Beveridge said he welcomed the opening of the upgrade to the Burketown Wharf.
“The Burke Shire community have been waiting a long time to reap the economic and tourism benefits of this upgrade to the wharf,” Mr Beveridge said.
“I’m pleased to see this vital piece of infrastructure opened for locals and travellers to use.”
Authorised by Senator I. Macdonald, Townsville.