Construction has begun on the new boat ramp on Quay Street.
Construction has begun on the new boat ramp on Quay Street. ALLAN REINIKKA AR

Boating on river to get easier

BY April fishermen like Scott Lynch hope to be launching their tinnies in the Fitzroy River with the aid of a new boat ramp and pontoon.

While the pontoon is still in the process of being approved by Rockhampton Regional council, work started in October last year on the four-lane boat ramp and car park at Littler-cum-Ingham Park in Quay Street, which is set to make the river more accessible to families.

Yesterday Scott, The Morning Bulletin’s fishing columnist, said he was happy about the development and would like to see more in the region.

“It’s making the river more usable and user friendly, which I think is great,” he said.

Matthew Flanagan, general manager of Olimar Pty Ltd, who is contracted by the State Government’s Project Services division for the development, said he expected work to be completed by Easter, depending on the modular pontoon, which floats up and down with the tide.

He said Rockhampton had an extremely high tide variance of six metres, so the planning for the pontoon had been difficult.

He hoped to have the pontoon approved quickly so it could be built in conjunction with the boat ramp.

The boat ramp will be an all-tide ramp to cope with the low tide, and will be constructed so the bottom is always in the water.

But those projects are still a fair way down the track.

Mr Flanagan said so far the car park has been profiled out, and the electrical work and draining done.



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