Work by Redland City Council to replace the Victoria Point boat ramp pontoon is now complete in time for the Easter holiday period.
Division 4 Councillor Lance Hewlett said the major project is a boon for local and visiting boaties wanting to get on the water over Easter and in future.
“The new pontoon replaces the previous one that broke away from the Victoria Point Boat Ramp during the cyclonic winds recently over the Australia Day holiday weekend in the Redlands,” Cr Hewlett said.
“There has obviously been some disruption caused by the work but we were able to keep the ramp open without the pontoon for recreational boating during the construction period.
“We had to install four new piles to secure the new pontoon.”
Cr Hewlett said Council workers had helped secure the runaway pontoon during the storm.
“Four of them threw caution to the wind and bravely entered the water to secure the pontoon at the height of the storms,” he said.
“Council knows how popular the ramp and pontoon are at weekends and holiday time and made a concerted effort to have the work completed in plenty of time for the Easter long weekend.”
Cr Lance Hewlett at the Victoria Point Pontoon
We have already installed two of the piles required to support a new pontoon at Victoria Point. The new pontoon will replace the one that broke away over the Australia Day weekend.
One of the two lanes on the boat ramp is currently open to the public, however, we will need to completely close the ramp when the weather clears to install the other two piles from the seaward side. This could be later in the week – we’ll keep you posted.
The pontoon at Victoria Point broke away during the Australia Day weekend severe weather event.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams officially opened a new $540,000 public pontoon at Weinam Creek, Redland Bay this week.
Mayor Karen Williams said Council requested funding from the State Government to prioritise this project as the existing pontoon had reached the end of its life.
“The pontoon was funded by Queensland Transport Marine Infrastructure Capital and Maintenance Program,” Cr Williams said.
“The old pontoon was decommissioned on 29 August 2012 with the new pontoon and gangway offering high quality design and construction.
“The design meets Australian standards for public access and allows for assisted disability access.
Councillor Mark Edwards said the new pontoon would be used by the community for year-round boating and water activities and would provide safer and easier access for water enthusiasts accessing Moreton Bay from Redland Bay.
“The pontoon is available for use by the general public as a pick-up and drop-off point, with a maximum 20 minute stay and has a length of 27 metres connected by a 26.5 metre gangway,” Cr Edwards said.
In the last 12 months Council has continued to work closely with the State Government to secure funding and implement marine infrastructure improvement projects across the Redlands, valued at
Redland City Mayor, Karen Williams and Councillor Mark Edwards (Division 5) officially open the new pontoon at Weinam Creek
almost $9 million.