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Published on : Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Mark Cundall Earthmoving Pty Ltd secured the $4.79 million construction contract for the Dundee boat ramp and Aldebaran Contracting Pty Ltd has been engaged for $1.23 million to build the Shady Camp boat ramp.
Infrastructure Minister Peter Chandler said “The Dundee Beach upgrade will see the construction of an 80-metre concrete self-launch boat ramp built alongside an extended rock groyne which will provide greater shelter from onshore winds and swell.
“Vitally for users, once completed it will eliminate the current need for the commercial tractor launch service to access the water, removing the cost for users and significantly cutting back waiting times.
“Works at Shady Camp will involve a 50-metre extension to the boat ramp with a slip resistant concrete surface. The parking area will be sealed and improved with 60 marked car and trailer bays,” Mr Chandler said.
Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries Gary Higgins said disruptions to anglers will be kept to a minimum during construction with the existing launch process to continue at Dundee where practical and temporary launch facilities to be installed at Shady Camp.
“These improvements will enhance the overall experience of fishing in the Territory which is already one of the most popular pastimes enjoyed widely across the NT,” Mr Higgins said.
“This investment by the Country Liberals Government will also make sure the growing needs of the Territory’s fishing and boating community are met now and in the future.
“The Dundee Beach boat ramp is the central access point to the Finniss River, Bynoe Harbour and the popular offshore fishing ground in and around Fog Bay,” Mr Higgins said.
The Amateur Fishermen’s Association of the Northern Territory (AFANT) has welcomed the upgrades as a very positive move for recreational fishing in the Territory.
“It is pleasing to see the CLP Government deliver on this key election commitment. The upgrade of these boat ramps will not only allow for increased access and safety but add to the overall enjoyment for anglers, promote fishing as a lifestyle opportunity for more Territorians and increase tourism opportunities as well,” AFANT Executive Officer Tristan Sloan said.
“The self-launch boat ramp at Dundee will particularly benefit anglers who will now have the ability to safely enter and exit the water themselves and no longer rely on tractor assisted launching and limited operating hours.
“I would advise those using the areas during construction to exercise patience and we certainly look forward to utilising the finished facilities later this year.”
Minister Chandler said “The Country Liberals Government recognises that Transport infrastructure is a key driver of economic development and has been specifically identified by the agricultural, resource, tourism and transport industries as requiring investment to improve industry performance and growth.”
Weather permitting construction is expected to be completed at Shady Camp by October 2016 and Dundee Beach by February 2017. .