Government gives nod to A$40m marine industry park in Queensland

Wed Nov 30 2011, 07:31 AM

Local minister says Maryborough project earmarked for special passage

A decade-old plan for a marine industry park in Maryborough, Queensland, looks like it could be fast-tracked by the state government. The Maryborough project, which was first proposed in 2002, will be given special consideration for government aid.

Pat Lucas, the minister for local government, said Tuesday that the boat facility on the Mary River at Walkers Point would be one of three projects earmarked for specialist case management. The project was started in 2002, but has been stalled for five years.

The 65-hectare Port Maryborough Marine Industrial Park will have 80 berths, and have facilities for building and repairing boats, light ships and marine machinery.

"These developments will obtain the help they need to get underway faster and, in turn, assist Queensland by providing infrastructure where it is most needed," Lucas said in a statement. Lucas said that up to 100 construction and operational jobs for the region could be created by the Maryborough project."The major projects office was established to fast-track development approval processes and stimulate the building industry, and that's exactly what is happening,” said Lucas.

The marine industry park was under development by Maryborough Investments Pty Ltd, but the paper reported that the company went into administration late last year.