The boat ramp at the 1770 Marina is being widened and upgraded, with boaties keen for the revamp of their favourite fishing take-off point.
The boat ramp at the 1770 Marina is being widened and upgraded, with boaties keen for the revamp of their favourite fishing take-off point. Rob Black

1770 Marina boat ramp upgrade

IT’S normally one of the busiest boat ramps in the Gladstone region, but recently boaties and fishermen have had to be even more patient, as work continues on the 1770 Marina boat ramp upgrade, leaving just one lane.

Contractors Skill Centred Queensland and BAJ Contracting have been busy widening the old two-lane boat ramp to three lanes, for better access and safety measures.

With guidance and funding from the Department of Transport and Main Roads, the half-a-million dollar project is expected to be completed by the end of next month.

A spokesman for the State Government body said the upgrade would make a major difference to local and visiting boat owners and fisherfolk.

“The $500,000 project will significantly improve usability and access for recreational boat launching and retrieval in the area,” the spokesman said.

“The works are due for completion at the end of September.

“One lane remains open for public use during construction and the contractor is working towards having two lanes open for use during the school holiday period in September,” the spokesman said.

The Gladstone Regional Council is also upgrading the well-used parking area opposite the boat ramp on Captain Cook Drive.




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