LNG plants shout locals a $1.5m 4WD track on Curtis Island
THE CONSTRUCTION of a new 4WD track on Curtis Island is set to draw an influx of tourists on boasting, camping and fishing trips, with the track connecting the island's south to top fishing spots.
State member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said local boaties and fishermen are the "biggest winners" from the $1.5 million track, but "once words gets out, particularly on social media these days, the tourism opportunities are immense".
The track runs 12km from Ocean View at the southern end through the Curtis Island Regional Park to the popular mangrove lined inlet of Graham Creek, a popular fishing spot.
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Mr Butcher said the project has pumped $150,000 into the local economy, with workers spending up on fuel, accommodation, and transport.
He said "as part of our mandate to ensure local get local jobs" the Government made sure three of the project's five contractors were based in central Queensland, including Gidarjil Corporation, JRT Civil, and McMurtrie Consulting Engineers.
He said he and the State Government had goaded the three LNG plants -- including APLNG, GLNG, and QCLNG -- to allocate the money to the 4WD track from their community fund, because "they are obviously upsetting" the environment.
He said because the construction of the project, which began late last year and wrapped up last month, finished a year ahead of schedule, there is $139,000 left over which will go to another project in the region.
A new public road to a popular fishing spot is open to four-wheel drivers on Curtis Island north-west of Gladstone, opening up more opportunities for tourists.
The 12 kilometres of standard formed road runs from Oceanview at the southern end of the island, through the Curtis Island Regional Park and Curtis Island Environmental Management Precinct, to the mangrove-lined inlet of Graham Creek, one of the region's best fishing spots.