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Whitsunday Regional Council wishes to advise that a solution for the long running access issuesand maintenance of the Thompson Creek boat landing is being worked through by Council and the Queensland Government.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said historically many local people have been accessing the unauthorisedboat landing as a popular fishing spot until recently when the Queensland Government closedaccess to the site.
“Council is currently working with the Queensland Government to address a number of issues inrelation to making the popular spot accessible again to keen fishers,” she said.
“We anticipate that the road access issues will be resolved in the next few months, withUnallocated State Land (USL) being converted to reserve by the Queensland Government allowing Council to build a road to access the landing.
“Once this has been completed the Department of Transport and Main Roads - Maritime Safety(DTMR) has indicated they will be more receptive in discussing further the funding of the boatramp.
“In the meantime, Council is progressing the appropriate approvals for the boat landing and hasalso lodged an application with the DTMR for the formalising of the boat landing.
“Council has also designed a plan for both the current Road Reserve and proposed USL reserve to ensure the locations are feasible and the road can be linked through from Magee Road to the Boat Landing.
“Council continues to engage proactively with the Department of Natural Resources and Mines(DNRM) to ensure they do not take steps to close the Road Reserve again and are receptive to the processes Council is engaging in to formalise the boat landing and obtain control over new reserve and road areas on what is now USL.
“The budget for the construction of the road and boat landing is also being considered by Council.
“Council has commenced these processes and is working with the State Government to expedite this issue with a number of different State Government departments.
“Steps are being taken and Council is working through the process to ensure all the appropriateapprovals are obtained prior to any construction in the area.
“Local residents in the area will also be consulted on this matter prior to works commencing,” she said.
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