Funding secured for One Mile Creek emergency dredging

After years of lobbying, the Commonwealth Government has finally secured $1.5 million funding for the One Mile Creek emergency dredging project.

Hinchinbrook MP, Nick Dametto yesterday thanked the Federal Government, the Honourable Bob Katter, Queensland State Development, and the Cassowary Coast Regional Council for each of their involvement in securing the emergency dredging funding for One Mile Creek.

“After a relentless amount of lobbying and banging on Ministers’ doors, the Federal Government has finally coughed up the $1.5 million commitment made by the LNP in the lead up to the last Federal election,” said Nick Dametto.

The One Mile Creek emergency dredging project is funded through the Australian Government’s Community Development Grants Program.

According to him, the condition of One Mile Creek has raised some serious safety concerns with residents and visitors over the years. For example, the Cardwell Coast Guard has not been able to respond to any potential distress calls due to the vessel spending most of its time high and dry in the mud.

“Restoring all tidal access at Port Hinchinbrook will revitalise tourism and stimulate Cardwell’s economy. Also, access to the public boat ramp will draw in boaties from all over the North looking to fish the Hinchinbrook Channel and nearby reefs,” Dametto added.

The Hinchinbrook MP concluded by saying that he looks forward to Council progressing with the request for tender procurement process and awarding the successful tender.

Photo: Nick Dametto