Beach to get $300k
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.