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October 10, 2019 - New dredging project to boost Cardwell water access, safety at One Mile Creek

The Cassowary Coast region will receive $1.5 million in Federal government funding to dredge the One Mile Creek at Cardwell. 

The project was expected to significantly improve water access, safety, and business opportunities to the far north Queensland town and surrounding areas, the Mayor of Cassowary Coast Regional Council, John Kremastos, said.

“One Mile Creek has been clogged with sand and silt for some time, and the Council lobbied hard for this funding”, Mayor Kremastos said.

“The current situation with the waterway makes access harder for all boat users - and also water access by emergency services such as the Cardwell Coast Guard.

“Greater access will also improve fishing opportunities at One Mile Creek, with people coming regularly from as far away as Cairns and Townsville.”

Mayor Kremastos said that increased visitor numbers also would be a boost for tourism and business opportunities in the area - with the need for suppport services and businesses providing everthing from fuel and food, to fishing supplies and accommodation.

The dredging project does not yet have a start date as the deal has only just been announced, with the funding coming through the Federal government and the involvement of Townsville-based LNP Senator for Queensland Susan McDonald.

Sen McDonald said: “This is not just about improving a community asset. It is of paramount importance that the Coast Guard vessel can respond to calls for assistance at any time and in any tide. Sightseers will also have another access point to Hinchinbrook Island for hiking, swimming and camping.”

Mayor Kremastos said the dredging work itself would not be done by the Cassowary Coast Regional Council, as the Council did not have dredging equipment. 

The total amount of silt and sand to be dredged will not be known until closer to the appointment of contractors. 

“However we lobbied long and hard for this funding, and thanks to Susan McDonald and the Federal government for coming through on this,” Mayor Kremastos said.

“The Council looks forward to seeing the job completed. It’s a great win for the region.