Pontoons washed away by floods to be reinstated
PLANS are under way to reinstate two council owned pontoons which were washed away as floodwaters surged down the Burnett River during the January 2013 flood event.
Bundaberg Regional Council Regulatory Services spokesman Wayne Honor said a small public pontoon located in the vicinity of the Burnett Riverside Motel had recently been approved for funding under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
"Council understands that there has been inconvenience to boaties who would normally access this facility to come ashore. Unfortunately, NDRRA guidelines are quite clear on the process to be followed to gain funding approval," he said.
"With such a vast number of projects identified and submitted for NDRRA funding there is an understandable delay in gaining approval for all submissions.
"I can advise that tenders for the reinstatement of the public wharf have closed and Council will award a contract to the successful tender once all tenders have been evaluated.
"The second and larger pontoon and gangway serviced the commercial operations of the river cruise company operating the Bundy Belle."
Cr Honor said the council would bear the full costs associated with the repair and reinstatement of this facility.
"Through necessity, the operators of the Bundy Belle have found alternative mooring adjacent to Grunske's By The River," he said.
"The commercial arrangements council have with the Bundy Belle operators have been on hold pending the repair of the mooring facility.
"Once the facility is back in place we will have discussions regarding future commercial arrangements."