Pontoon project a boost for Gulf opportunities

20150722 - Burketown - New platoon + Closeup of RK on end



TOURISM, fishing and local business opportunities have received a significant boost in the Gulf community of Burketown with the completion of a new pontoon and gangway on the Albert River, Rob Katter said.

The State Member for Mount Isa congratulated Burke Shire Council on its Burketown Wharf–Pontoon Project and said the vital piece of infrastructure would generate opportunities for locals.

Burketown’s standing as a popular Gulf destination for tourists would also be enhanced thanks to the development, Mr Katter said.

“There are endless opportunities for economic growth and jobs in the Gulf and the pontoon is a big step in the right direction,” he said.

“The pontoon will provide opportunities for local business development and will also cater for locals and the increasing number of tourists to have better access to some of the beauty that the outer regions have to offer.”

“It is also a much safer and more practical place for boat access and transferring people and supplies during flood events for the people of Burketown.”

“I’m confident the completion of this project will trigger more opportunities for industry development in the Gulf.”

Mr Katter helped the Burke Shire Council secure $180,000 in State Government funding for the project through the Royalties for Regions funding.

“This is a great example of essential local council projects becoming reality with the help of State Government to improve liveability and access for the people of Gulf communities,” he said.

Burke Shire Council contributed $326,700 to fund the $686,700 project, while there was $180,000 from State Government, $160,000 from Federal Government and $20,000 from the Volunteer Marine Rescue.


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