What is the Townsville Recreational Boating Park?
The $25 million Townsville Recreational Boating Park is an initiative to provide the recreational boating community with a major sheltered all-tide facility. The boating park will include various resources and be fully accessible to people with disabilities. Access to the boat ramps will be for boats with a mast height of less than 6m, which can navigate under the new bridge down stream.
When will the Townsville Recreational Boating Park be delivered?
| Design Phase
||August 2011 to early 2013|
- Initial public consultation
|4 to 30 November 2011|
- Local, State and Federal government approvals
|January 2012 to mid 2013|
| Staged Construction phase
||Mid 2013 to 2017|
Who is involved with delivering this facility to the Townsville community?
The boating park is a joint venture between Townsville City Council, the Department of Transport and Main Roads, and Port of Townsville Limited.
Funding for the $25 million project will be jointly provided by the Townsville City Council and the Queensland Government.
Council will be responsible for designing the on-shore facilities, while Transport and Main Roads will provide designs for the in-water facilities.
Cardno (Qld) Pty Ltd has been appointed by Townsville City Council and Transport and Main Roads as the Principal Design service provider for this project.
Where will this new facility be located?
The boating park will be located on the river bank between Fifth and Seventh Avenues, Railway Estate. The project will allow for the rectification and enhancement of vacant land at the end of Fifth Avenue, adjacent to Goondi Creek, and will ensure the preservation of the "Fisherman's Memorial" in the existing park at the end of Fifth Avenue.
Facilities will include:
Four boat ramps each with four lanes (16 lanes in total)
Floating walkways at each ramp
Two pontoons (one Disability Discrimination Act compliant)
Approximately 360 parking spaces for vehicles with trailers
An overflow car park for use by cars without trailers
Public toilet facilities
Enhanced green spaces
- Provision for a commercial boat stacker
Boat wash facilities
Barbeque and picnic facilities
There are also a number of possible facilities may be included in the future of the project, including:
Concept layout and artist Impressions
Who is involved with developing the design of the facility?
The boating park will be designed and developed with the input from the project's various stakeholders. These stakeholders include the Townsville public and government agencies at all three levels of government (local, state and federal).
Why does Townsville need such a facility?
Townsville's population growth over the past five years has highlighted an overall shortfall in recreational boating facilities in the region. With an estimated one in six Townsville households now owning a boat, the region's existing boating infrastructure has been put under pressure with the large increase in local activity and demand.
Both Townsville City Council and the Department of Transport and Main Roads have become aware of this deficit in current facilities and are working to fill the existing void. The addition of a two-lane ramp at Barnicle Street, Railway Estate in June 2011 has demonstrated the commitment to the boating community, and will be further enhanced by the development of the Townsville Recreational Boating Park.
The new boating park will aim to meet current and future recreational boating needs of the Townsville community.
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