The third round of the $495 million Royalties for the Regions program includes a major upgrade for Cooktown comprising of a vibrant esplanade full of new community infrastructure by 2016.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the upgrade would be great for residents and visitors alike, and would be delivered in partnership with Cook Shire Council.

Works totalling $4.1 million will allow for the reclamation and revitalisation of the Cooktown foreshore, providing a welcome boost to local tourism.

The Cooktown upgrade will include a new rock wall to protect the Endeavour River from erosion, reclamation of land at the river mouth, and recreational infrastructure such as new fishing platforms, a tidal pool and water play area and cycle path. Upgrades will also be made to Webber Esplanade to accommodate recreational vehicles and tour buses and deliver more car parks to accommodate a greater number of visitors to the esplanade.

Cook Shire Council Mayor Peter Scott said the Webber Esplanade reclamation and creation of an activity precinct has been a community aspiration since 1998. The latest funding will allow the Council to complete this catalytic project to encourage business, social and lifestyle opportunities for Cooktown and the regional community.

Mr Seeney said Cook Shire deserved to receive its fair share of resource royalties as mining was a key industry in the region.

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