9 June, 2023
Wharf set for major upgrade
COOKTOWN locals can look forward to a redeveloped wharf, boat ramp and waterfront as part of Stage 5 of the Revitalisation of Charlotte Street project.
The upgrade will enhance safety, accessibility and functionality of the area, while providing improved facilities for commercial and recreational fishing and boating.
The works include the construction of kerb and channels, shared pathways, ramps, traffic islands, new bitumen, creation of more car parks and dedicated boat and trailer parking bays, safety guardrails, commercial operations areas, and overall landscaping and beautification works.
Once complete, the revitalised area will also provide significant benefits to the community, local businesses and visiting tourists.
Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott said the Cooktown Wharf is an important asset for the community and the wider region.
“The upgrade works will boost tourism potential by creating a welcoming entry to our town and improved access for visiting boats and cruise ships, while also making the area safer and more functional for recreational and commercial fishing,” he said.
“Consultation and planning for the project commenced in 2016, and we’ve worked with community and stakeholders to get the best possible outcomes for the area.
“It’s been a very detailed collaborative process and we are very proud of the work that’s gone into it.”
To minimise disruptions to residents and local businesses, the upgrade works will be delivered in two stages, with the upper half of the road adjacent to the Seaview Hotel being upgraded in the first stage, while the lower half will be completed in the second stage.
Traffic management and control plans will be in place, including diversions and road closures, and access to the construction site area will be limited and restricted.
Works are anticipated to be completed by mid-2024.