Beach to get $300k

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VOTES: ELECTION 2016 -

GE­ORGE Chris­tensen has promised a $300,000 in­vest­ment to­wards a walk­ing track at White­haven Beach.

The Fed­eral Mem­ber for Daw­son an­nounced the Coali­tion fund­ing in Air­lie Beach on Tues­day, to a host of the re­gion’s tourism op­er­a­tors.

The first stage of the pro­posed White­haven cir­cuit walk­ing track and look­out deck would run to the south­ern end of the beach, look­ing north, with the en­tire process pre­dicted to cost $750,000.

Fund­ing is un­der the Im­prov­ing Your Lo­cal Parks and En­vi­ron­ment Pro­gramme and Mr Chris­tensen said its con­struc­tion would ad­dress is­sues of over­crowd­ing.

“White­haven Beach is one of the most pho­tographed parts of Aus­tralia, and ev­ery tourist vis­it­ing our coun­try wants to visit this nat­u­ral won­der,” he said.

“The con­struc­tion of an­other walk­ing track and view­ing plat­form which will pro­vide views over the full length of White­haven and sur­rounds at the south­ern end will pro­vide a bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence for our tourists and help pro­tect that beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.”

Cur­rently there are con­cerns that the north­ern end of the beach is suf­fer­ing from over­crowd­ing and Mr Chris­tensen said a new path would ad­dress this.

He also said they would put in a re­quest to the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment to match the con­tri­bu­tion and said he was con­fi­dent they would.

Jan Clax­ton from Ocean Raft­ing said it was a fan­tas­tic thing.

“It’s been on a wish list for a while. There hasn’t been fund­ing to this point. This is the first big step,” she said.

PAVED: Todd Hus­ton (Red Cat Ad­ven­tures), Ge­orge Chris­tensen, Jan Clax­ton (Ocean Raft­ing) and Mike Keyte (Wings) at the fund­ing an­nounce­ment.

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