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The $8.5 million Macleay Island foreshore car park project that is rapidly nearing completion, isn’t the full story.

Part of the project has been the construction of a state-of-the-art boat ramp, giving the adjoining area now an impressive three boat ramp lanes for commercial and private use.

The completely new boat ramp is attached to the new development and has been fully funded by the State Government.

In fact, Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey, was recently on Macleay Island with State MP for Redlands, Kim Richards, to view the works.

The State Government contributed $1.74 million from the Marine Infrastructure Fund to the construction of the new three-lane recreational boat ramp.

Total work in the complicated ramp construction, which includes past planning work since 2004, is estimated at $1.9 million.

Minister Bailey commented he was ‘impressed’ with the facility that would provide considerable increased boating activity for islanders. MP Kim Richards said she was proud to be part of a Government that was helping to provide “important recreational infrastructure to the islands.”

The funding of the recreational boat ramps is 100% funded by the State Government which also collects revenue from recreational boating registration fees.

Funding assessments by the State include consideration of demand forecasting from population growth as well as recreational use demands from both within and outside recreational LGA areas.

• Member for Redlands Kim Richards with Roads and Transport Minister Mark Bailey and the new boat ramp on Macleay.

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