As number of boat owners climbs, facilities should grow
WITH one in eight people in the Livingstone Shire owning a boat, Clive King says more needs to be done about the lack of boat-launching facilities in our region.
President of the Central Queensland Boat Ramp Action Group (CQBRAG) said boating is part of the culture on the Capricorn Coast.
"Whether it's launching a tinnie into Coorooman Creek or a Shark Cat at Rossyln Bay Boat Harbour, there's no doubt boating is part of our culture in the Livingstone Shire," he said.
But recently released figures on vessel registrations and population forecasts shows Livingstone Shire LGA is only behind the Whitsunday LGA in registered vessels per head of population.
"Basically what the figures are saying is that for every eighth person (7.9) there is a vessel that is registered, so one in eight people have a registered boat - that's a lot of people wanting to get onto the water," Mr King said.
CQBRAG has been lobbying State and Local Governments for several years on further marine facilities such as boat ramps as demand is outstripping supply.
"Focusing on the Capricorn Coast, there is only eight verified all tide boat lanes with two pontoons at Rosslyn Bay Boat Harbour which is used by Livingstone and Rockhampton LGA boaties - this is one all-tide boat lane per 1224 registered boats," Mr King said.
"Considering boating is our way of life, we simply need to do better than this.
"Whilst we still have a lack of infrastructure I am heartened by the fact that Nerimbera and now Coorooman Creek Boat Ramps are being upgraded thanks to the State Government and Livingstone Shire Council.
"CQBRAG lobbied hard for Coorooman Creek in particular and I believe it is time that we set a course to implement further facilities on the Capricorn Coast.
"The State Government's $30 million dollar marine infrastructure fund kicks in from July 1, 2016.
"Considering the implementation of the net free zones and other LGA's across the State receiving significant marine projects over the last four years, this is the best opportunity our shire has to secure more all tide boat lanes."