RECREATIONAL fishos will enjoy the Lucinda jetty for years to come with the Port of Townsville carrying out $1.2 million in repairs.
The project will rectify corrosive damage that was discovered near the top of a number of the 68 steel pylons during a structural inspection last year.
The repairs will take place between July and November, with 15 jobs created over the course of the project.
Hinchinbrook MP Nick Dametto said engineering firm CASA Projects has been awarded the contract to undertake the work and he was pleased it was going ahead.
"The jetty holds a special place in not only locals' hearts, but people who have been visiting this area for generations," Mr Dametto said.
"In the Hinchinbrook electorate, we want to build on our tourism industry but we also want to galvanise what we already have here."
Mr Dametto thanked the state government for their commitment to the project, but urged them to go further in the Hinchinbrook area.
This includes backing Hinchinbrook Shire Council's $6 million proposal to dredge Enterprise Channel, build a rock wall to protect a historic spit from further erosion and expand the existing carpark.
"This would allow more marine vessels and tourism operators coming into the area and I'm continuing to lobby strongly for that," Mr Dametto said.
"You would be hard pressed to find a boatie from Hinchinbrook that wouldn't want to see all-tidal access at Lucinda.
"Coupled with our world-class fishing spots, the development of this marine precinct will put us on the national map, drawing people to the region."