The upgrading to sealed standard of the final two kilometres of unsealed road on Svendsen Road connecting to the Coorooman Creek Boat Ramp is set to begin on Monday.
A section of the road will close intermittently for three weeks whilst the bulk earthworks are carried out.
Mayor Bill Ludwig said the $1.7 million works package, fully funded by the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland program, has remained a high-priority project for Council.
“Council submitted a funding application in 2017 under the State Government’s $3.49 million Works for Queensland program to complete this and other priority projects,” Cr Ludwig said.
“In 2016 Council constructed 45 additional car parking bays bringing the total spaces to 90, making Coorooman Creek boat ramp a vital hub for boating, fishing and general recreation at the southern end of the Capricorn Coast.
“These next upgrade works will complete the final section of sealing to provide a more convenient, dust-free environment for both recreational users and nearby local residents.
“Council would like to acknowledge the strong ongoing support from the State Member Brittany Lauga in assisting to secure the funding for this important upgrade to get underway,” Cr Ludwig said.
Assistant Minister for Education and Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said this was welcome news for the region’s almost 10,000 registered boaties and was another step in the right direction to providing better marine infrastructure across our region.
In order to deliver this infrastructure, Council will be closing the last 2km of Svendsen Road at Zilzie from 6:30am to 4pm every Monday to Friday during the first three weeks of the construction.
Councillor Mather who Chairs the Municipal Infrastructure Committee thanked the community for their patience during these works.
“It’s unfortunate that the road will be closed during this time, however due to funding requirements of delivery, it restricts the time frame to carry out these vital works that will provide long term advantages and greatly reduce future maintenance,” Cr Mather said.
“Council looks forward to the road being fully sealed later this year, which will no doubt be a hugely positive outcome for our local boating community and visitors.”