The Hon Mark Bailey, Minister for Transport and Main Roads

Work to extend the Mourilyan breakwater is expected to begin later this month with rock from several local quarries due to arrive soon.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the $1 million, 60-metre extension works to the breakwater would enhance protection for boaties.

“This is great news for Far North locals and visitors to this beautiful region who like to get out on the water,” he said.

‘‘Improvements will provide safer conditions for launching and retrieving vessels at the boat ramp and floating walkway.”

Mr Bailey said the ramp and floating walkway would remain operational while works were completed.

‘‘I’d like to ask locals to exercise caution while this project is underway, especially around a small area in the carpark used for storage and equipment,” Mr Bailey said.

‘‘We thank local ramp users for their patience while works are carried out.’’

Mr Bailey said the original breakwater was built by the State Labor Government in 2011.

‘‘This announcement further cements our commitment as we continue to improve infrastructure and safety for recreational boaties in the Mourilyan area,’’ he said.

Completion is planned by the end of April 2018, weather permitting.

Funding is being provided from the Marine Infrastructure Fund.

Media contact, Dominic Geiger, 0447355565