CQ boaties ramp up campaign for much-needed infrastructure
WITH the value of Central Queensland's boats being in excess of $100 million, an action group is looking to ramp up waterway access.
That's what the Central Queensland Boat Ramp Action Group (CQBRAG) has been lobbying for over the past 10 years and with CQ at the top of the most boat registrations in Queensland again this year, the group is desperate to see plans come to action.
CQBRAG president Clive King yesterday said the recent figures proved the urgent need for an upgrade to the region's marine infrastructure facilities, with the main focus at Emu Park's Fisherman's Beach.
"We need to continue to invest in boating infrastructure if this region is to maximise the benefits of this sector," he said. "Since 2011 this region has been the fastest growing for boat registration for every year except 2014.
In terms of numbers, there are currently 9722 registered boats.
We've had an increase of 117 registrations in the past year.
"To bring us up to the minimum level of where this region should be, we need an infrastructure pipeline to establish 20 boat ramp lanes, car parking and pontoons both on the coast and Fitzroy River."
Clive said the group had revised its boat ramp plans, to minimise its scale after consulting the Emu Park community last year.
Clive and vice-president John Reed will speak about the issue at the Community Cabinet tomorrow with Minister Mark Bailey.