Clive’s ramping up the positives
AS FAR as Clive King is concerned, the potential jewel in the crown for Emu Park's Fisherman's Beach is boat ramp proposal Option 1.
The President of the Central Queensland Boat Ramp Action Group (CQBRAG) says the option, one of two put forward by the Department of Transport and Main Roads, provides better protection for boaties launching or retrieving their boats, provides a better land based fishing platform and is a great extension to the Emu Park Foreshore Master Plan.
"The Option 1 proposal placed forward for consideration of the community is the Emu Park jetty debate of our times," he said.
"When I look at Option 1 from the artistic impressions from the beach or the hill which has been provided by the State Government, I think what a great asset for the town.
"The Emu Park jetty was built to encourage tourism in the area at the time and both boat ramp proposals provide a lever into the recreational fishing tourism sector for Emu Park."
Mr King said the option would provide economic stimulus for Emu Park, benefiting accommodation providers, food outlets and the local hotel.
"There is also the potential for new businesses to come in to exist here in Emu Park like fishing charters, boat taxis to Great Keppel Island and ventures associated with backpackers to name but a few," he said.
"The construction of the boat ramp itself will create building jobs and local suppliers with contracts for materials.
"If you support this proposal I urge you to jump onto the (department's) website, find the Emu Park Boat Ramp proposal and fill in the survey showing your support, alternatively go to the Emu Park library."