Mud swells river?s tide of concern

By DARRYN NUFER

FITZROY River boaties are being left high and dry ? literally.

Recreational angler and boat owner Trevor Grewe is concerned about access to and from the waterway from the Reaney Street boat ramp during some low tides.

The problem, he says, is with the build-up of mud at the end of the concrete ramp, which can become exposed and prevent access to the structure.

"I saw the perfect example last weekend,'' Mr Grewe said. "Three or four blokes came back (to the ramp) but couldn't get to it for the mud.

"They ended up getting out of the boat and pushing it across the mud.''

Mr Grewe, a river user of four years, said he had watched the river silt up over time.

"Since Christmas I'd say there'd have to be a foot of mud built up at least.''

Rockhampton city councillor Stephen Schwarten inspected the ramp with Mr Grewe and has taken the matter to the council. A report is being prepared.

Mr Grewe also questioned the poor overall condition of the ramp, limited car-parking for growing demand, and access issues for larger boats.

The council's senior works engineer Russell Collins said the council was in charge of maintaining the structure, with funding for upgrades the responsibility of Queensland Transport.



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