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FISHING & BOATING

MACLEAY ISLAND BOATING AND FISHING GETS A BOOST WITH NEW PONTOONS Macleay Island boat owners and visiting craft have some fantastic new amenities on Macleay Island. Work has just been completed on not just the mooring pontoon at the Macleay Island domestic boat ramp, but also the new adjacent pontoon fishing jetty. Both new facilities were promised as part of the $47 million new island jetties program. It was always promised that parts of the old jetties would be utilised for domestic use for fishing and boating. Macleay Island received an additional ‘boost’ because of the unusual positioning of the domestic barge ramp in the centre of the car park. The State Government provided the funding for the barge ramp floating pontoon to ease the problems associated with launching craft from the unusually-placed boat ramp that reaches well out into the Moreton Bay waters and is impacted by currents generated from the nearby passenger ferries. The pontoon at the barge ramps provides a stable platform for ‘boaties’ to moor their craft whilst returning or collecting their vehicles and trailers to and from the car park. The fishing jetty pontoon has been attached to part of the original jetty walkway. Islanders and youngsters can caste a line or a rod from here in a safe manner in the hope of catching a fish for dinner. Visiting boats will be able to tie up safely as well, providing a boost to casual tourism on our islands. The two floating pontoons together provide a wonderful outlet and attraction for boating and fishing on Macleay Island. The Russell Island floating fishing and boating pontoon is already up and running, and more are to follow with the jetty and terminal installations that are continuing on Karragarra and Lamb Islands.

• The two adjacent pontoons for boating and fishing on Macleay Island.

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