The new Hospital Bridge fishing pier was opened to the public today. Mackay Regional Council is encouraging anglers to maintain safe social distances while using the pier to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The new Hospital Bridge fishing pier was opened to the public today. Mackay Regional Council is encouraging anglers to maintain safe social distances while using the pier to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

New pier open to Mackay anglers

SIT back, relax and throw in a line at the new Hospital Bridge fishing pier – but do not forget to maintain safe social distancing.

Mackay Regional Council CEO Craig Doyle announced the $1.7 million project was opened to the public from today.

Mr Doyle said the new pier would stand the test of time and natural disasters.

The original timber pier was destroyed in 2017 by Cyclone Debbie.

“We built and designed this pier to stand up to natural disasters, however, we never anticipated a pandemic,” Mr Doyle said.

The L-shaped pier that extends into the river has been specially designed to withstand debris impacts during major flooding events.

“With the current COVID-19 restrictions in place, we are asking anglers to abide by the one person per four square metres rule and to avoid the pier if they are unwell,” Mr Doyle said.

“We understand it’s going to be popular, but please avoid crowding.”

If visitors do not adhere to safety measures the council will take action to assure community safety, a spokesman said.


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