Qld govt to invest $28m in Cairns wharves

The Queensland government will invest $28 million in two shipbuilding and maintenance wharves in Cairns.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the two planned wharves will be 80m and 100m long with another $2 million allocated on a masterplan for the area.

She says maintenance on Australian Border Force patrol boats already occurs in Cairns and the new wharves will provide more business opportunities.

“This is vital if we want to grow this precinct to capture the contracts for repair and maintenance of patrol boats right around the Pacific region,” Ms Palaszczuk said on Wednesday.

There will be about 150 construction jobs and the government expects hundreds of ongoing jobs.

Ms Palaszczuk said she had been lobbied to commit funding for the wharves by local Labor MPs, three whom hold seats by some of the slimmest margins in the state.

Labor’s Craig Crawford holds Barron River by just 1.9 per cent, Michael Healy has a 3.4 per cent margin in Cairns and Cynthia Lui has a 5.8 lead in Cook.

Queenslanders go to the polls on October 31.

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