Green light for FNQ boating facility
The Yorkeys Knob Boating Infrastructure Project has been approved, with conditions, under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
The new boat ramp and associated on-land facilities are set to be constructed on vacant state-owned land and seabed to the west of Yorkeys Knob Boating Club marina and to the north of Half Moon Bay Golf Club, with an access road on state land between the two clubs.
Proposed by Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads, the project has critics including the Yorkeys Knob Boat Ramp Action Group.
The department did not respond by deadline to a request for comment on the approval and construction plans.
It has previously listed the project as including a six-lane boat ramp with three floating walkways, two new breakwaters for wave protection, dredged basin and access channel, 135 car-trailer park spaces, 63 single car park spaces, a new access road and footpath and new amenities block.
The most recent timeline published on the department web page for the project estimates tendering to occur in mid-2021 and start to construction in the third quarter of this year.
The department says the new facility will improve safety and reduce congestion at the existing Yorkeys Knob boat ramp, reduce wait times for boaties on the north side of the Cairns CBD, and complement the recent upgrade to the Trinity Park/Bluewater boat ramp.
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