10 May 2023

New pontoon at Bloomfield ramp still months away

| Matt Nicholls
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BOATIES hoping to launch their vessels at the site of Cape York’s most recent croc attack will still need to be extra cautious as the planned pontoon won’t be ready until later in the year.

A new ramp was put in late last year and stage two of the project will see an adjacent floating pontoon, helping anglers get in and out of their boats without being in the water.

“The proposed new pontoon at Bloomfield River, Ayton is currently out to market, with tenders closing mid-March and contract award scheduled for April 2023,” said Kell Dillon, Maritime Safety Queensland’s general manager.

“For pontoons, the main part of the contract is off-site fabrication at the contractor’s headquarters, then transport to the site.

“Site works are the last stage of the contract and involve piling and pontoon installation.

“It is anticipated on-site works will start late July or early August, with project completion scheduled for late August 2023, weather permitting.”

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