"Upgrading our recreational areas encourages more people to enjoy the outdoors and bring people together, which helps council support more active, connected and inclusive communities"
- CR LOFT-
Benefits of the project include:
Improved safety and access to surrounding waterways with the construction of a two-lane all-tide boat ramp
Reduced congestion with the installation of a floating walkway to assist with boat launching and retrieval activities
Adequate parking facilities at Lions Park to support the popular coastal fishing village, particularly during busy periods
Improved water quality upstream of Lions Park with the realignment of the stormwater pipe outlet.
Burrum Heads Boat Ramp NOW OPEN
Great news for Burrum Heads boaties with the new $5 million boat ramp facility at Lions Park now complete.
Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports, Mark Bailey was pleased to celebrate the completion of this fantastic asset with an official opening.
“This project has been over 20 years in the making and as you can see, it was well worth the wait,” Mr Bailey said.
“I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Burrum Heads community, in particular the Boat Ramp Sub Committee and the Progress Association, for their patience and contribution towards this project.
The Burrum Heads community expressed concerns that the existing boat ramp facilities were inadequate for safety reasons and given the increasing patronage.
Lions Park was chosen as the preferred location for a number of reasons including it being the most cost effective solution for solving the parking issues being experienced.
“This location also has less wave action than the other two boat ramp facilities and would improve the storm water pollution issues.”
Works involved the construction of a new two-lane boat ramp, rock wall and parking facility, and improving stormwater drainage.
Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders said a floating walkway was also installed to help reduce congestion and assist with boat launching and retrieval activities, especially during busy times.
“It will improve pedestrian accessibility, particularly for children, people with a disability and the elderly entering and leaving vessels at the ramp,” Mr Saunders said.
The overall project was able to incorporate several additional benefits to the local community including sealed parking for Lions Park and improved pedestrian access across the site to Riverside Drive, new beach area downstream of the rock wall and correcting the stormwater pollution issue to improve water quality.
“The local outrigger club gained a new and improved compound and shed much closer to the water,” he said.
Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayor, Chris Loft was involved in today’s official ribbon cutting ceremony.
“Upgrading our recreational areas encourages more people to enjoy the outdoors and bring people together, which helps council support more active, connected and inclusive communities,” Cr Loft said
“This project was a great collaboration between the Queensland Government and council with both tiers of government contributing funding.
Transport and Main Roads provided $3.5 million allocated from the Marine Infrastructure Fund, with the remainder from Fraser Coast Regional Council.
Sunshine Coast-based company, Hall Contracting Pty Ltd were awarded the contract in April to complete these works.
“Hall Contracting is an experienced civil construction company with over 65 years of experience in dredging, civil and marine projects,” Cr Loft said.
“They have done a fantastic job in completing this project, on time and on budget.
The new boat ramp facility will be open to the public from 1pm on Saturday (15 October).
Cr Loft said the final touches would be made over the next week, including installation of lighting, which may require some short closures.
The Burrum Heads Community will also be celebrating the opening of the Burrum Heads Boat Ramp on 22 October, 2016. In conjunction with this celebration the car park and Burrum Heads Boat Ramp will be closed during the period 7.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. on 22 October, 2016.
On behalf of the Department of Transport and Main Roads