Capricorn Coast boating infrastructure a priority for Heath
ALTHOUGH boat ramps weren't touched on much in Monday night's candidate forum, mayoral candidate Heath Henwood said Emu Park's boat ramps plans would be fast tracked if he was elected.
"Boating and fishing are two important recreational past times for locals in Livingstone Shire," Mr Henwood said.
"It's time to start the process of developing Rita Mata Harbour.
"A new harbour takes time to work through all the consultation and planning processes," he said.
"This is a long term project that requires a vision for the future.
"The Emu Park boat ramp will be a priority to fast track to ensure options for boaties and take the pressure off Rosslyn Bay.
"The boat ramp is long overdue, with groups, community members and governments talking about it for over 20 years.
"With over 6000 boats in the area and few boat ramps options, with parking are frequently at or over capacity."
Mr Henwood said he supported additional parking at the Coorooman Creek site and sealing the final 3km of gravel to the ramp.
"Parking at Rosslyn Bay is an issue during peak times, with capacity being exceeded dozens of times a year," he said.
"As Mayor, I would be committed to the council investigating, consulting, and if an appropriate solution can be found, commence planning additional parking at Rosslyn Bay.
"With population and boat numbers in the Shire expected to increase, it's important that we plan and commence development of the necessary infrastructure for the future.
"Yet we have not capitalised on the huge tourism market associated with boaties and fisherman in Australia."