New Deepwater Entrance to Benefit Port Hinchinbrook Fishing Classic
  |  First Published: June 2007

New breakwaters that have just been completed at Keith Williams’ Port Hinchinbrook Resort in North Queensland will ensure all-tide/all-weather entry to the resort marina for large vessels entered in this year’s Port Hinchinbrook Fishing Classic.

The channel between the breakwaters will now allow vessels of up to 2m draft to access the port at mean low tide.

The breakwaters represent the completion of yet another phase in Keith Williams’ plan to make Port Hinchinbrook a world-class resort and residential precinct, and one of the best destinations for all types of aquatic events.

The Port Hinchinbrook Fishing Classic will be contested over four days from September 12 to 16.

“This will be the sixth staging of the Port Hinchinbrook Fishing Classic, and I’ve no doubt that we can turn it into Australia’s most prestigious fishing tournament,” Keith Williams said. “The new breakwaters will make a significant contribution towards achieving that goal.”

Keith Williams has also announced the appointment of Gold Coast-based event management specialists, Mick Ellison Events, for the coordination and management of this year’s Port Hinchinbrook Fishing Classic and other aquatic events.

Mick Ellison Events will also be coordinating and managing future events at Port Hinchinbrook, such as outrigger canoe racing, yacht regattas, water skiing, boat shows and much more.

The company’s managing director, Mick Ellison, has been associated with management and promotion activities in many sports for the past 18 years, including rugby league, AFL, basketball, golf and the Gold Coast Indy motor racing. He has also staged a number of major charity events and until recently owned and operated one of the more successful restaurants in Main Beach, on the Gold Coast.

Mick Ellison said that the immediate challenge was to grow the Classic beyond last year’s great achievements. The Port Hinchinbrook Fishing Classic 2006, which offered more than $40,000 in cash, plus trophies, saw 58 teams and more than 300 people take part. Teams were split into two divisions – Reef and Estuary – and some outstanding catches were recorded. A total of 32 billfish were tagged and released.

Port Hinchinbrook Resort is a resort and residential complex that Keith Williams’ company, Williams Corporation, has established immediately south of the coastal town of Cardwell, approximately halfway between Cairns and Townsville. This is a region where superb, unspoiled scenery abounds – mountains, waterfalls, tropical islands and the Great Barrier Reef. The jewel in the crown is Hinchinbrook Island, a World Heritage listed wilderness and the world’s largest island national park. It lies just a few kilometres across the Hinchinbrook Passage from the resort.

For more information please contact Mick Ellison on (07) 5539 1194.

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