Contract awarded in final step toward Burrum boat ramp build

A CONTRACT to build the new $5 million Burrum Heads boat ramp has been awarded to a Sunshine Coast company.

The construction contract was awarded to Hall Contracting for the project which has been more than 20 years in the making.

Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders said works would include building a new two-lane ramp, rock groyne and parking facility.

"A floating walkway will also be installed to help reduce congestion and assist with boat launching and retrieval activities, especially at busy times," he said.

"It will also improve pedestrian accessibility, particularly for children, people with a disability and the elderly entering and leaving vessels at the ramp.

"The Burrum Heads Boat Ramp sub-committee have worked tirelessly for over two decades to realise this great project for the local community and it was an honour to support their cause."

Work on the ramp will begin this month.

The state government will contribute $3.5 million through the Marine Infrastructure Fund with the Fraser Coast Regional Council contributing $1.5 million.

The council's chief executive officer Lisa Desmond welcomed news.

"The Burrum Heads community can expect to see works starting onsite at Lions Park in late April, weather permitting," she said.

"The majority of works will occur during the day, however night works may be required at times.

"Tidal times will also influence when in-water activities can occur."

In 2015 legislation was passed temporarily removing the ramp from the Great Sandy Strait Marine Park to make it easier for works to be completed.

Due to the scale of the works, Lions Park will be temporarily closed to the public to allow the project to be completed.

"Nearby residents should also expect some noise and dust impacts during the works, however every effort will be made to minimise these as much as possible," Ms Desmond added.

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