Reef trip proves benefits of right infrastructure

Hinchinbrook MP Nick Dametto at Beaver Reef this week.

MARINE infrastructure that gives greater access to the Great Barrier Reef can unlock the North’s tourism potential, says Hinchinbrook MP Nick Dametto.

Mr Dametto joined Kennedy MP Bob Katter, Hill MP Shane Knuth and Katter’s Australian Party leader Robbie Katter to get a first-hand look at the benefits of such infrastructure after inspecting the nearly complete Clump Point boating facility at Mission Beach yesterday.

“The rock wall and boat ramp upgrade at Clump Point allowed us to seamlessly transition out to Beaver Reef with local company Mission Beach Dive,“ he said.

“The visit really demonstrated to me how the right investment in marine infrastructure can ignite tourism through an increase in recreational boat users and by attracting commercial tourism operators to the region.

“That is why I will continue to work tirelessly to secure the funding necessary to unleash Hinchinbrook’s full tourism potential.”

Mr Dametto said achieving all tidal access for Cardwell’s One Mile Creek, Lucinda and Forrest Beach would be non-negotiable commitments in a KAP-led government.

“The biggest benefit to this kind of infrastructure is increased visitation and tourism opportunities. For instance, recreational fishers and boat users are always looking for all tidal and all weather options to launch their boats, and most will pick a destination for a holiday or weekend away on a location that can provide that kind of accessibility,” he said.

“With increased visitation brings an increased expenditure and an economic boost that translates into more jobs for Hinchinbrook’s coastal communities. It’s just one of many ways we can accelerate the North.

“Labor and the LNP have been very busy throwing out election sweeteners of late but neither has done the hard yards on this kind of infrastructure like Katter’s Australian Party has.

“Bob and Shane worked with the community and were instrumental in getting Clump Point across the line and I’ve been lobbying hard for all-tidal access in Hinchinbrook over the last three years. We have seen movement on One Mile Creek with $1.5 million committed by the Federal Government after I travelled down to Canberra last year to meet with the Deputy Prime Minister that forced the government to commit to their election promise.

“I’ll continue to work with all stakeholders to see these projects in Hinchinbrook realised so we can unlock the North’s true tourism potential. “

Nick Dametto MP