Boaties talk to Livingstone candidates about marine plans
CENTRAL Queensland Boat Ramp Action Group (CQBRAG) president Clive King is calling on local anglers and boaties to think hard about their vote on Saturday.
"Over 10,000 fishers, boaties and their partners will cast their vote this Saturday and one of their priorities will be, which prospective Councillors will drive marine infrastructure for Livingstone over the next four years?" he said.
From various meetings and conversations over the years with the current Council and, since speaking with the new local government candidates, Mr King said Mayor Bill Ludwig had indicated Svendsen's Road to the Coorooman Creek boat ramp would be bituminised and the car park doubled.
"He wants the Emu Park (Fishermans Beach boat ramp proposal) community consultation completed," Mr King said.
"Bill is lastly, strongly supporting a detailed investigation for Ritamada as an all-tide boat ramp area."
However Mr King said mayoral candidate Heath Henwood was trumping his opponent's plans by ensuring all of the above was done and adding he would fast track the Emu Park (Fishermans Beach) boat ramp if elected.
"Heath has also outlined further investigations to improve facilities at Corio Bay as well," Mr King said.
"Heath has a comprehensive policy document for marine infrastructure and is well worth a read."
Since the group has spoken with some prospective councillors, Mr King said several had been supportive of better boating infrastructure and marine facilities on the Capricorn Coast.
"Pat Eastwood has indicated better boat ramps for Emu Park are essential and supports the Fishermans Beach boat ramp proposal believing it is important for the entire community," Mr King said.
"Aaron Solito supports a drive to get better boat ramps for the Capricorn Coast.
"Glenda Mather and Tom Wyatt have been consistent strong advocates for better boat ramps and were instrumental in getting more boat lanes at Coorooman Creek.
"Adam Belot has indicated strong support for moving forward with better facilities at the Coorooman Creek boat ramp and wants to see other opportunities become a reality."