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Inskip Point improvements

Fraser Island Banta Ray Ferry

UPDATE: This was an April Fools joke, if you are reading this today, you have missed the joke!

 

In a move sure to enrage 4X4 tourists and environmentalists alike, Fraser Coast Regional Council have approved funding for a long-term solution to tourists getting bogged at Inskip Point.

Scouring from tropical cyclones and huge sinkholes frequently threaten to close access to the beach. Fraser Coast Regional Council and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services rely heavily on the tourist dollar and can’t risk losing access to Fraser Island for significant periods of time. QPWS also relies on foreign tourists interfering with the dingoes on Fraser Island to provide validity for euthanising entire packs of the often-maligned native apex predator.

The big bite missed the last slice of Inskip pizza by that much

Tourism dollars put back into infrastructure

More importantly to the 4X4 community, Inskip Point is the departure point for most Fraser Island barges, attracting thousands of 4X4 and bus tourists a month. Often rented, and with drivers not given much prior instruction, bogged tourist vehicles are a common sight. The frequency of bogged vehicles is so great that Facebook groups such as ‘I got bogged at Inskip Point’ exist, sharing hours of video footage of New South Wales and German backpackers spinning tyres before getting out to push, with locals laughing from a distance. There will still be enough sand alongside to allow Ipswich-based steroid-abusing 79 Series owners to fat arm while sending rooster tails with road-pressure mud tyres.

If the concrete ferry terminal doesn’t work, QPWS may change regulations to make Fraser a FIFO holiday destination

Bringing jobs to the Fraser Coast

The Mayor of the Fraser Coast Regional Council, Councillor George Seymour, has announced the intention to seal access from Inskip Point Road to a new ferry terminal featuring a wide concrete apron with enough parking for up to 40 vehicles, including spaces for trailers, with parking time limited to one hour. The apron will be built to allow safe operation at all times except during king tides. Three full-time employment opportunities will be created for sweeping the sand back off the concrete once construction is complete.

Artist’s impression of the awesome new carpark with bypass track for VDJ70 Cruisers

Councillor David Sanderson told MR4X4.com.au that existing barges will be able to use the new apron, requiring no investment from current barge operators, however prices will go up for the sake of it anyway. Councillor Sanderson also told us that construction will begin during the tourist off-season in June 2019. Car ferries will operate from 300 metres to the east during the construction phase, expecting to take four months, if the current council workers stop leaning on their shovels and actually do anything.

 

How good will it be having Inskip concreted for good! If you support the council’s initiative, leave a comment below!

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  • If They can’t drive on the sand At inskip point to get on the barge how are they going to be when They have to drive on the island.

  • What a bunch of dickhead bureaucrats. A total waste of money. It won’t last 2 years.
    Why do you waste taxpayers money on a futile attempt to appease people who don’t know how to drive in sand
    Because they won’t drop their tyre pressure.

  • This will just overcrowd the island even more making it harder to get a camping spot just like when they improved access to Teewah Beach.

    Kinda of ruins the enjoyment of the place when walking down to the water is like crossing the Bruce Highway. If you haven’t got the vehicle and basic sand driving knowledge to make the short distance down to the barge without getting stuck then you shouldn’t be driving on the beach.

    Unfortunately due to population growth and these “beach access improvements” holidays up the beach definitely aren’t as good as they were 30 years ago! But never mind just improve the access because its all about revenue raising these days.

  • Nice one Pat April Fools , the best thing about the sand trap at Inskip point is it teachythe unaware of what’s to come on Fraser Island and that some are not ready to tackle it just yet !!

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