Ravages of time, weather, ocean currents and collisions with barges have left the remote community of Gununa on Mornington Island with a damaged and dilapidated jetty and barge landing. With the jetty in a dangerous state, urgent need of redevelopment was required to restore this lifeline to the community.
Resource poor and bereft of funding, Council embarked on the challenge that has now seen a dream become reality with the commencement of the “Gununa Jetty and Barge Landing Redevelopment Project”.
Achieved through positivity of Councils vision and supported by vigorous dialogue, discussion, negotiation, deliberation and genuine collaboration with multiple stakeholders work has already begun. Through collaboration with a complex collection of community members, traditional owners, native title bodies, legal fraternity, designers, construction companies, international companies, state and commonwealth governments and of course Council works are underway.
With three stages costing $10 million dollars by completion, the project began with Stage 1 commencing in January 2016. Stage 1 has seen demolition of the old jetty, design, tender and construction of a new jetty and barge landing costing 3.4 million dollars underway. This Stage is fully funded directly resulting from the collaboration with our stakeholders including The Queensland Government Department of Local Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Council, British Marine (London) Insurance Company, Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads and MMG Century Mines.
With stages 2 and 3 following this project will result in a state of art commercial and recreational hub for current and future generations of Mornington residents.
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