Tracey Joyce and son Michael have to get in quick and early at the Rosslyn Bay Harbour if they want to get out in the boat with friends.
Tracey Joyce and son Michael have to get in quick and early at the Rosslyn Bay Harbour if they want to get out in the boat with friends. Nikita Watts

Extra parking at harbour proposed

IT could cost up to $10 million to build an all-tide boat ramp at Emu Park.

That’s why Member for Keppel Paul Hoolihan believes it makes more sense to look at extending car parking at Rosslyn Bay Harbour.

Mr Hoolihan yesterday responded to Emu Park boatie Clive King’s suggestion of a four-lane boat ramp and mini-harbour at Fisherman’s Beach, Emu Park, to ease congestion and at the Rosslyn Bay Harbour.

Mr King received more than 2200 signatures supporting his innovative idea from keen residents like Tracey Joyce, frustrated at having to miss out on a day on the water because there was nowhere to park.

“You have to get down there pretty early in the morning on a good day. Even by 5am it is packed,” she said.

Despite taking Mr King’s petition to parliament in 2009, Mr Hoolihan yesterday relayed the fact that there were state

funding constraints and said it was “the current intention” to make the Rosslyn Bay Harbour more usable.

“It’s (more car parks) fairly urgent in regards to the number of people using it,” he said.

“I would like to see a focus on both, to increase parking at Rosslyn Bay and to look at the feasibility of what Clive has proposed ... at the present time, it’s not on any forward planning.”

Options to extend the car parking at the harbour are being looked at in a statewide Queensland Transport study of boating facilities.

It states between 300 and 400 boats are launched a day at peak times. However, there were only 170 car and trailer parks.



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