Balgal Beach boat-ramp and pontoon back in business
Balgal Beach's popular boating pontoon is officially open for business after the boating facility was destroyed by Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi in February 2011.
Located between Townsville and Cardwell, the boat-ramp and pontoon are an important facility for the local community and well used by fishermen and tourists since first opening in 2009.
The Balgal Beach pontoon was rebuilt by the Townsville City Council with $360,000 in Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements funding, due to its safety aspects for the community.
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hills said losing the pontoon during Cyclone Yasi was a real blow for the Balgal Beach community but the completion of the boat-ramp and pontoon one year on from the devastation shows what hard work can achieve.
"Few communities work as hard for their area as the people of Balgal Beach and I know how much the project meant to the people who worked tirelessly to secure support from the council and the Commonwealth to establish the original pontoon," Councillor Hill said.
"Balgal Beach boat-ramp is popular with locals and visiting boaties and the pontoon is an important local asset for safety, convenience and providing accessibility for the elderly, school groups and people with disabilities."
While the new 11 tonne pontoon is 11m in length and 3m wide and has been constructed in the same position as the original facility next to the boat ramp, one section of the walkway from the original pontoon was retrieved and reused in the replacement project.