Sep 8, 2016

Nelly Bay Harbour officially named

Media release

Nelly Bay Harbour on Magnetic Island has been officially named following support for a proposal to grant a formal title to the boat harbour.

Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said the decision ensured Nelly Bay Harbour was recorded under the Place Names Act 1994 to formally recognise an already well-known and commonly used name.

“Nelly Bay Harbour, which sits adjacent to the suburb of Nelly Bay, has long been a navigationally significant destination for residents and tourists,” Dr Lynham said.

“The harbour features a ferry terminal which is the island’s primary access point and a marina, public jetty, boat ramp, helipad and charter boat facilities.”

“Nelly Bay was named after Nelly Butler – the daughter of Henry Butler who arrived on Magnetic Island in 1877.”

“Nelly Bay Harbour is one of 11 State Government-owned boat harbours in Queensland which were developed as part of a commitment by the Government in the 1960s and 1970s to promote small-craft activities along the Queensland coast.”

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