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July 4th 2010
$316,000 refurbishment for historic Picnic Bay Jetty

The jetty under stress during a king tide and storm Refurbishment for the Picnic Bay Jetty is one step closer to reality, with Transport Minister Rachel Nolan announcing the successful contractor for the maintenance works.

Ms Nolan said Hope Diving Services Australia had been awarded the $316,000 tender to deliver important maintenance works on the Magnetic Island heritage listed jetty.

Member for Townsville, Mandy Johnstone said “The people of Magnetic Island will be very happy to hear that work is starting on important maintenance projects for the historic Picnic Bay Jetty.”

“The refurbishment work is expected to commence this month, with a planned completion in October 2010, weather permitting.

“The State Government is committed to the preservation and maintenance of this jetty, keeping it as close as possible to its original condition and appearance,” Mandy said.

The jetty, in its current incarnation dates back to 1959 although an operating jetty has been in Picnic Bay for over 100 years and was used for the Townsville to Magnetic Island ferry services until 2003. The jetty was heritage-listed by the Queensland Heritage Council in February 2004.

The Picnic Bay jetty has long been recognised as a local icon by the Magnetic Island community.

As well as upgrading the jetty itself, the project will also establish an interpretive display of jetty history at the History Centre in Picnic Bay, featuring recovered items from the jetty.

Mandy said the jetty upgrade would require some closures of the jetty at times during construction and that the government apologised for any inconvenience to the community.

“It may be necessary at times to fully close the jetty. However, we want to assure the community that the appointed contractor is well experienced in this type of work and will keep any disruptions to a minimum,” Mandy said.

Community members who want to view plans of the upgrade or make comment are encouraged to contact the Department of Transport and Main Roads on 47207325 or email

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$316,000 refurbishment for historic Picnic Bay Jetty
August 25th 2010
I miss those trips down the jetty viewing the fish or dodging the waves at King Tide.

Qld Govt .. Thanks for the upgrade.
Ky Wilms
February 11th 2011
Hi team
Please call me George. I know of a way to get the jetty back to old glory. It'll take a fight but who is counting, Ky.

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