A Townsville based company, Pacific Marine Group Pty. Ltd., Has been selected to install 38 purpose-built structures in the Moreton Bay Marine Park to enhance diving and fishing.
The $1 million Project is expected to be completed by December this year establishing a 30-hectare reef in waters 10-12 metres deep and will be situated near Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island, approximately 1.5 kilometres north of Adder Rock Camping Ground.
Minjerribah Camping Pty Ltd will manage the new facilities.
The location and uses for the reef have been approved by the State Government after Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) led discussions through a working group of representatives.
These representatives were from the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC), Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol, Maritime Safety Queensland, the Queensland Seafood Industry Association as well as tourism, fishing, diving and environment groups.
QYAC CEO Cameron Costello says the artificial reef would be another step in recognising Quandamooka Country as a globally recognised eco-cultural tourism destination.
“It is exciting to be involved in projects that see our people actively playing a role in creating future fishing and diving opportunities on Quandamooka country.”
Redland City Mayor, Karen Williams has welcomed the funding.
“Moreton Bay is at the heart of Redland City, supporting mainland communities on the coast and an archipelago of island villages including North Stradbroke, Coochiemudlo and our Southern Moreton Bay Islands.”