Chasing boat ramp funding

WHITSUNDAY Regional Council has formally lodged an application to the Marine Infrastructure Fund for funding to construct a breakwater at the Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) base in Cannonvale.

Whitsunday mayor Jennifer Whitney said the construction of a breakwater at the VMR boat ramp was a necessity and would bring huge benefits to recreational boaties, local businesses, visitors and the tourism industry by giving choice and safety in this locality.

Boat ramp committee member Greg France said this was good news, but on the flip side "we have learned that it "may" take up to two years for this to be "assessed" and a decision given".

As a result, Mr France said the committee's next task would be to do whatever it could to fast-track the process, including lobbying the relevant politicians.

"The fight continues but the submission of this request for funding is the biggest, most major and most positive step to date [so] thank you to everyone who has helped us get this far," he said.

"My best (hopeful) guess is two years at the earliest and four at the worst. But it'll be worth having if we win and we intend to win."

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