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Nautical infrastructure development anticipated for Queensland

By Greg Bell

Queensland's dedication to the support of tourism growth and the development of new infrastructure has taken on many forms over the years. And as more people take to the various rivers, waterways and oceans across the state, the Queensland government has decided to invest in more nautical infrastructure across some of the most popular spaces in the area. 

As more people begin looking into purchasing commercial property in Surfers Paradise and the state continues to strengthen, these new boat ramps and walkways could be a good bolster for the tourism industry. Transport and main roads minister Scott Emerson said this latest round of nautical infrastructure would be delivered in 2016 and will be funded by the $50 million Marine Infrastructure Fund established back in 2012. 

"More and more Queenslanders are heading out to enjoy our stunning creeks, rivers and waterways, so we need to make sure our facilities can handle the increase in users. We have a strong plan to deliver better infrastructure ­- and we're committed to supporting the state's tourism and marine economies," said Mr Emerson in a 4 January statement. 

"In the past two and a half years, 42 projects have been finished and are being enjoyed by the boating and angling community, with 20 more projects in the planning, design or construction phases. Couple these with the final four projects announced today, and it brings the total to 66 new and upgraded marine facilities funded across Queensland."

These four projects include the upgrading the Ocean Creek boat ramp, the widening of both the Nerimbera boat ramp in the Fitzroy River and the Coorooman Creek boat ramp at Zilzie, and a new two-lane boat ramp and floating walkway at Twin Waters at the Maroochy River. 

With construction expected to start later this year, taking the time to look into the Gold Coast could be worth considering for future investment portfolio expansion. Tourism figures reported in September found the industry was also responsible for the creation of thousands of jobs across the state.

Strong tourism growth recorded across Queensland

The DestinationQ Report Card found there were 27,000 new tourism jobs created across the state, with the sector growing in value by $3.5billion since 2012. Premier Campbell Newman said listening to people invested in the tourism industry has allowed the state to cater to and target future developments. 

Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said building relationships and focusing on practical steps would be an important part of moving forward, in order to help Queensland residents realise a long term vision for the region. 

"The DestinationQ Report Card shows us what can be achieved by listening to industry and cutting red tape and regulation in the tourism sector. We will continue to make it easier for operators to provide first class experiences for tourists," said Ms Stuckey in a 16 September statement. 

For example, a recent announcement that the fare for public transport would be frozen could be great news for commuters and tourists alike, who are interested in getting around the Gold Coast and seeing the wonderful sights on display. 

Transport Minister Scott Emerson said the decision would help save regular commuters hundreds of dollars per year. 

"This year's fare freeze, on top of last year's five per cent fare reduction, is part of our strong plan to improve the frequency, reliability and affordability of the public transport network," said Mr Emerson in a 5 January statement. 

"The combined effect of the fare decrease and fare freeze means a regular weekday passenger travelling to work from the Gold Coast to Brisbane will be $443 per year better off."

Taking advantage of the strong public transport system in Queensland is a great bonus for residents and tourists alike, and is likely to be a big hit for visitors hoping to get around the Gold Coast with ease. 

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