Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Gizelle Ghidella

DOU­GLAS boat­ies can fi­nally breathe a sigh of re­lief as plans to up­grade Newell Beach boat ramp are in mo­tion.

The State Gov­ern­ment plans to fork out up to $4 mil­lion to­wards a new two lane ramp.

The so­lu­tion doesn’t in­clude dredg­ing, which was one of the larger lo­cal is­sues at the last State elec­tions, with One Na­tion also weigh­ing in.

The Depart­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads has de­signed the ramp to ex­tend to­wards where the river is nat­u­rally deep.

Mem­ber for Cook Cynthia Lui said the plan is a win-win.

“This is a great out­come as it will avoid the need and as­so­ci­ated im­pacts of on­go­ing dredg­ing,” she said.

“Lo­cals in the Newell Beach area have been lob­by­ing for a long time for im­proved boat­ing ac­cess and I am de­lighted that this project is now com­ing to fruition.

“The con­cept in­cludes a new two-lane boat ramp, float­ing walk­way and rock groyne on the up­stream side of the ramp.”

Plan­ning for the project is on­go­ing and a draft con­cept is be­ing de­vel­oped and fur­ther hy­dro­log­i­cal mod­el­ling and en­vi­ron­men­tal in­ves­ti­ga­tions will sup­port the fi­nal de­sign.

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