WORK has begun on the much-anticipated upgrade of the dusty roads that connect Cooktown’s boat ramp, wharf and waterfront – the final stage of Cook Shire’s revitalisation project for the area.
The upgrade will include 22 trailer parking bays to accommodate boaties, as well as more car parking, a picnic area, shade trees and turfed area, information signs and seating.
The popular seating area under the mango tree opposite the wharf, known locally as the “tree of knowledge” will be upgraded with stone seating and dedicated parking spaces.
Mayor Peter Scott said the Charlotte Street Revitalisation Project would benefit the town for generations to come.
“The Cooktown wharf is an important asset for our community and the wider region,” he said.
“The works will boost tourism potential by creating a welcoming entry to our town and improved access for visiting boats and cruise ships, while also making the area safer and more functional for recreational and commercial fishing.
“Consultation and planning for the project commenced in 2016, and we’ve worked with community and stakeholders to get the best possible outcomes for the area.
“It’s been a very detailed collaborative process and we are very proud of the work that’s gone into it.”
To minimise disruption to motorists, residents and businesses in the area, the final stage will be delivered in two halves.
Charlotte Street adjacent to the Seaview Motel will be upgraded first and Webber Esplanade from the boat ramp to the wharf will be completed last.
Motorists and pedestrians can expect delays, detours and road closures during the works.