WATCH: Emu Park boaties push benefits of boat ramp plan
CENTRAL Queensland boaties want a slice of the State Government's $30 million marine infrastructure fund fish pie.
With two options for the Fisherman's Beach boat ramp project at Emu Park currently under consideration, boaties, fishermen and the Capricorn Coast community had the chance to talk the plans over with State Government today.
But almost ten years since the concept for a two-lane boat ramp popped-up, whether or not it will get the community's blessing is still unclear.
Local boaties and avid fishermen Clive King and John Reed are for the project hook, line and sinker.
Mr King, the Central Queensland Boat Ramp Action Group president, said the consultation was beneficial in informing the region about the plans.
"Of course the ultimate outcome we want to see is a two-lane boat ramp at the end of Fisherman's beach so it will take the pressure off Rosslyn Bay and give boaties a second choice," Mr King said.
"What we're hoping to get out of this is a positive outcome, there are some issues that have been raised with traffic and car parking, they've all been addressed."
Treehouse Tavern Family Fishing Club president John Reed said the project came with benefits for local small business.
"It's needed for the community, we've got 85 members and 45 juniors, we need to teach them the skills of fishing and boating and at the moment we can't go to Rosslyn Bay and do anything more with it," he said.
"I can see it being good for the community, not every time we go fishing we catch fish, sometimes when we come home we can pull into IGA and get some fish and some gear or some takeaway food.
"The shops will love it."