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Emu Park recreational boating study

Overview:

A study has now been completed to assess the feasibility of a new recreational boating facility located at Emu Park, Central Queensland.

Location:

Emu Park.

Benefits:

 Potentially improve all-tide access to the Southern Capricorn Coast.

Regions:
Central Region - Fitzroy District

Project info

In 2011, the Department of Transport and Main Roads undertook a study that established current and future demand for recreational boating for the state of Queensland. The Recreational Boating Facilities Demand Forecasting Study 2011 was undertaken for each of the 5 Transport and Main Roads regions, including Central Queensland. This was done to assist in the identification of the areas of the greatest need for additional or upgraded recreational boating facilities and identified that Rockhampton and Livingstone council areas had a shortfall in all-tide access boat ramp lanes.

Since 2011, there has been steady growth of boating registrations for the Rockhampton and Livingstone council areas.

A detailed site selection study was completed in 2013 by Rockhampton Regional Council to identify potential sites for the establishment of new all-tide facilities to relieve pressure on existing facilities on the Capricorn Coast. This identified Emu Park as the preferred location of a new facility for further investigation.

Since then, Transport and Main Roads undertook a Social and Economic Benefits and Impacts Study for the potential Emu Park recreational boating facility. 

A number of issues and concerns were raised with this proposal, such as access to the facility through the town centre, traffic issues, construction impacts and visual amenity that would greatly impact on the town.

Consultation with stakeholders and the community was undertaken as part of this study, which showed there was support for a new boating facility however not at Emu Park.

Transport and Main Roads will continue to investigate possible solutions to address the shortfall being experienced on the Capricorn Coast.

An update of the Demand Forecasting Study was recently completed which identified new locations and potential improvements in the region. 

Contact details

Email: boatinginfrastructure@tmr.qld.gov.au
Phone: 3066 4025

Community info

Last updated
08 November 2017