Car Park Upgrades at Popular Boaties Spot

Car Park Upgrades at Popular Boaties Spot

Local boaties will be able to enjoy new upgrades at one of their favourite boat ramp car parks just in time for Christmas, with Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) breathing new life into the old Calliope River car park.

Fences will go up on October 12 before shovels hit the ground on the 4500 sqm parking lot.

Stage one includes 31 car and trailer parks, two re-rigging bays as well as integrating existing toilet and waste facilities.

Two solar powered lights will also be installed in the car park as part of the project.

Acting CEO Craig Walker said the project would significantly improve the old carpark area and create an enjoyable, accessible space for locals keen to launch their boat.

“We’re excited to get to work on these well-needed upgrades so families can soak up the new area by the time December school holidays swing around,” Mr Walker said.

“This project will require us all to be a little patient when work is underway, as the boat ramp will be unavailable for up to six weeks.

“At GPC, we offer a wide range of value assets and infrastructure to the community and this is another example of that work we are proud to do.”

Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and local Member for Gladstone, Glenn Butcher said he was thrilled that the work was taking place after many people had shared their concerns about safe parking and access to the NRG boat ramp.

“What has come through loud and clear from our boating community is that they want safer and better access to our waterways.

“These additional upgrades will complement work already completed at this site over the past several years including, upgrading the boat ramp and the installation of a floating walkway.

“I know this will be welcomed news for boaties at this popular ramp.

“These works continue to show the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to provide improved recreational boating facilities across the state,” Mr Butcher said.

Local stakeholders have been contacted by GPC, including local clubs, Marine Safety Queensland, and the Gladstone Regional Council.

During the project, traffic controls and barricades will be in place to help re-direct cars to the nearest boat ramp car parks at the Marina and Morgan Street.

The carpark upgrade project is partly funded by GPC and Transport and Main Roads. Teams at GPC will undertake most of the works, which will take seven weeks. Work is expected to be completed by early December.