River users ramp up concerns


THERE have been more calls for something to be done about Rockhampton's rundown Reaney Street boat ramp.

Recreational angler and boat owner Trevor Grewe raised concerns in last Friday's The Morning Bulletin, about the general state of the structure and the build-up of mud at the end of the ramp, which he said could become exposed at low tide and prevent access.

Rick Kaiser, of Rockhampton, responded to the story.

"It's exactly right,'' he said.

"The concrete comes to an abrupt end instead of tapering off. "I had one time when I got wedged in the mud and I had to put it (car) in 4WD and roar it out.''

Spencer Murray, who used to have houseboats and tinnies for hire in the Fitzroy River, said he had challenged Rockhampton City Council when the ramp was last upgraded around 1997-98.

"What they did was get pre-cast concrete and they just laid it on top of the existing concrete,'' he said.

"I told them it would never work because there wasn't enough depth there.

"Before they did that it was a twovehicle ramp.''

Mr Murray said he had also experienced problems using the ramp in the past: "I've been over the edge, and I've seen other people do the same thing.''

The council is preparing a report into the matter.

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