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April 12, 2019 - Dunk Island day-use area ready for visitors

Dunk Island day use area is ready to welcome Easter visitors after Cassowary Coast Regional Council crews worked through adverse conditions to repair the jetty, replenish eroded sand and clean up the camp ground in time for the holidays.

Mayor John Kremastos took a bumpy boat ride to the island during last week’s rough weather to inspect the progress and talk with Council workers before they packed up an excavator, truck, bobcat, cement mixers and other equipment and declared the works complete.

Cr Kremastos praised Council’s Delivery Services team for the excellent result in sprucing the Far North’s favourite island playground in time for Easter and school holiday makers.

“The team did a tremendous job and Dunk is now ready to welcome locals and visitors to one of the most beautiful islands along the Queensland coast,” Cr Kremastos said.

“The day-use area includes toilet and barbecue facilities, drinking water and picnic tables. There are some stunning walking trails on Dunk, including the moderate 7km return Mount Kootaloo trail, which provides spectacular views over the Family Islands and the mainland.

Cr Kremastos said around 6000 cubic metres of sand was relocated under special marine park permit from Pallon Beach at the end of the Dunk Island spit to reconnect the jetty to the island and correct major tidal erosion.

“There was not much change out of $120,000 to do these clean up and restoration works but it is money well spent. The good news is we are ready for Easter and the school holidays and that is part of our community engagement commitment.
“Council is also pleased that the Department of Transport and Main Roads agreed to reopen Mission Beach’s Clump Point boat ramp for boaties this Easter and Anzac Day.”

The boat ramp will be open for public use from 5pm Thursday, April 18, until 5pm Thursday, April 25. The ramp closed for upgrading works on March 1.