Easter date set for work

TENDERS are expected to be released in November for work to build the long-awaited boat ramp in the seaside village of Burrum Heads.

The announcement comes after 20 years of squabbling and debate over the location of the new ramp.

In 2013, the Fraser Coast Regional Council endorsed the design for the $4.5 million ramp to be built at the western end of Lions Park.

Maryborough Member Bruce Saunders said he met with the Department of Transport and Main Roads on Thursday to discuss the schedule. "Work starts after the Easter Fishing Classic next March," Mr Saunders revealed.

To dredge the ramp, the site will need to be temporarily excluded from the Great Sandy Strait Marine Park.

But that will require legislation passed through Queensland's House of Representatives.

Speaking to the Chronicle yesterday, Mr Saunders said the Minister's tick meant the project had almost reached the final approval. "Hopefully it'll be passed in the house and the Department of Main Roads can call for tender," he said.

"After 20 years, we'll get the boat ramp on track."

The legislation is expected to go before Parliament in mid-September and tenders called in November before work starts after next year's Burrum Easter Classic.

After the State Election in January, Mr Saunders said he backed the ramp after analysing the plan and talking with locals.

A spokeswoman for State Minister for the Environment Steven Miles has ticked off on the long-awaited project. "No formal application has yet been received by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection," she said.