A NEW boat ramp on the Maroochy River north shore has opened today seven weeks ahead of schedule.
The $1.4m project includes two boat ramps, pontoons, a kayak launching pad, fish cleaning station, 45 boat and trailer parks and 10 car parks connected to the water by pathways.
It is the first stage of a project eventually to include an amenity block.
The joint State Government-Sunshine Coast Council project was not due for completion before September but continuing fine weather has brought the opening forward significantly.
Division Eight Councillor Jason O'Pray said the project would not have been possible without the support of the state government and Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson.
The facility replaces a former dirt and sand informal boat launch access at the end of Nojoor Road which dissects the Twin Waters Resort and Twin Waters subdivision.
It was made possible by the purchase of previously privately owned river front land of constrained development opportunity.
Cr O'Pray said upgrading to a bitumen car park with launching ramps and walking pontoons had been first project he had pursued after entering council in 2012.
"It's been a long time coming but big projects take time,'' he said.
The launch was attended by North Shore community and environmental groups. the water police and boating and fishing patrol.
A Queensland Boating and Fishing Patrol vessel became the first to be officially launch from the new ramp as part of the opening ceremony.