Mackay's newest boat ramp open

Published: 28 Jul 2022

The official opening of the new Slade Point public recreational boat ramp was marked today with launching of the first vessel.

Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert celebrated the opening, which was vital for Mackay boaties.

"The long-term benefits of the new facility are important for Slade Point local boaties," Ms Gilbert said.

"Having a new facility right in their back yard will go a long way to help ease congestion at other key locations.

"The new facility is on the south bank of McCreadys Creek at Seagull Street, Slade Point, providing boating access for residents and those from nearby suburbs.

"This is a significant win for the large boating population of Mackay, as it is rare to find flat foreshore land in key locations like this one for new recreational boating infrastructure.

"The new facility features a single-lane boat ramp supported by a new car-trailer parking area with 15 bays."

Ms Gilbert said Transport and Main Roads provided $1 million in grant funding to Mackay Regional Council under a Deed of Agreement as a contribution towards construction costs of the new boat launching facility.

"Mackay Regional Council will own and manage the facility - we thank council for delivering this important project and agreeing to own and manage it," she said.

"The Palaszczuk Government is committed to providing better boating access for Queenslanders and I'm pleased we can work in partnership with local Government to deliver such a great outcome for boaties."

Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson said council had a Mackay Region Recreational Fishing Strategy and one of the key pillars of that strategy was prioritising the enhancement of recreational infrastructure.

“This ramp is a big step up from what was here before,” Cr Williamson said.

“The earlier ramp was pretty much just timber slats on a beach and was subject to severe scouring and erosion of the banks.

“It was actually removed for safety reasons.”

Cr Williamson said council was pleased to be able to partner with the Queensland Government to provide more car and trailer parks, more boat ramp lanes and better access to our tremendous fisheries.

TMR's grant funding was provided from the Palaszczuk Government’s $185.3 million Maritime Investment, as part of the record $29.7 billion road and transport plan over four years.