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WORK STARTS ON MACLEAY ISLAND JETTY/TERMINAL FOOTINGS A team from the builders of the $45 million island jetties, have now moved on-site to the second new terminal build on Macleay Island. The first of many piles that are required in each of the builds for the four SMB Islands, are now being installed on the Macleay foreshore. The large pontoons for Macleay Island (the same as at Russell Island) are almost complete, and are expected to be floated into position by the end of this month (June). Meanwhile the contractor, the Jetty Specialists, are well into the Russell Island jetty build, with the new jetty deck recently floated on-site, with work continuing on the linking of the new jetties to the huge pontoon, and finishing touches and foreshore work also being carried out. This new Russell Island terminal could be ‘open for business’ in about three months’ time; with the Macleay terminal and jetty later in the year. Work on Macleay Island will pick up considerably with all the piles to be put in place, ready for the late June float-out. The Macleay Island pontoons are located at Thornlands, after being constructed on the Sunshine Coast, where the pontoons are being constructed for Lamb and Karragarra islands. These structures/jetties will be slightly smaller than those at Russell and Macleay. Member for Redlands, Kim Richards says the $44.6 million project is delivering for the local economy through better amenities and access to ferry services for islanders. Division 5 councillor Mark Edwards says Russell, Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra islands would see all of the new terminals built and completed by mid-2023, weather permitting.

• Work starts on the pile footings on Macleay Island.