THE Whisper Bay boat ramp and breakwater construction is expected to commence in August, Whitsunday Regional Council mayor Jenny Whitney said.
She reiterated that commencement of the project is subject to receipt of the $3 million funding pledged by the State Government in the forthcoming in the 2015/16 State Budget.
“The Whisper Bay boat ramp and breakwater project has been a long time in the making and we are excited to be able to deliver this important public facility to our passionate boating community,” Mayor Whitney said.
“A survey to determine the environmental impact of the breakwater and causeway has been undertaken and the application for tidal works approval has been lodged with the Stage Agencies Referral Agency (SARA) which is expected to be approved in the next couple of weeks.
“Subject to receiving the necessary approvals and funding, council is expecting to commence the project in late August – early September when the weather is most favourable and aims to have it completed by the end of 2015.”
Council’s resolution means council will call for tenders in three parts as follows:
• Haulage of rock;
• Placement of rock (breakwater construction)
• Boat ramp works
Overall the works include development of a breakwater, a floating walkway and a pontoon, as well as widening of the current ramp.