Northern Territory

A regional boost for jobs, fishos and the community

Recreational fishers are not the only ones who will welcome the Territory Government’s latest announcement as part of its $50 million investment in recreational fishing infrastructure, with a whole community set to benefit.

“Recreational fishing is important to remote and regional areas, bringing with it jobs and development,” Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, said. “That is especially the case with this project – $467,000 to complete upgrades to the Nhulunbuy boat ramp in Melville Bay and install two fishing platforms.

“Fishos will be ecstatic with the improved ramp and platforms, but the upgrades will also be welcomed by the local police, Border Force, tourism and fishing charter operators, and the Dhimurru Rangers, who all use the ramp, plus the Gumatj people, on whose land the ramp stands. As such, these improvements are a win for the whole community.”

Mr Vowles praised the work of the Nhulunbuy Regional Sports Fishing Club for their efforts in maintaining the ramp.

“For the last 35 years, the Nhulunbuy Regional Sports Fishing Club has rallied around to maintain, repair, insure and clean the ramp on behalf of the community,” he said. “This government funding, which is in addition to $16,000 each year for maintenance and insurance until 2020, will help the club finalise its Community Boat Ramp Project.”

Nhulunbuy Regional Sports Fishing Club Project Coordinator Peter Cox welcomed the funding.

“The project demonstrates the value of multiple stakeholders sharing a common goal, to provide a safe all-tide access for all water craft users,” Mr Cox said. “It is pleasing to see the NT Government has recognised the value adding the local community has contributed to the project and, with this final stage of funding by the NT Government, the facilities will be a great asset for the region.”

Club President Dale Piddick said the quality of the works so far showed what was possible in the region.

“The project has been undertaken with the skills and resources available right here in East Arnhem Land and reflects the can-do attitude of this region,” he said.

The final phase of works will see the double-lane ramp covered with a non-slip surface and improvements to the navigation channel on the western side of the ramp.

“The improvements will also include protecting previous works from erosion by concrete capping the existing wall,” Mr Vowles said.

“This is a great outcome for several different sectors of the community, and for local contractors employed to complete the works.”

Source: NT Government