Infrastructure plan moves ahead
UPGRADES NEEDED: The $800,000 Coorooman Creek floating walkway was installed in 2012. Contributed
CENTRAL Queensland Boat Ramp Action Group president Clive King said he was motivated by discussions with State Government and Livingstone Shire Council in order to develop marine infrastructure along the Capricorn Coast.
Members of the CQ Boat Ramp Action Group (CQBRAG) met with Mayor Bill Ludwig recently about the Coorooman Creek boat ramp, and left with a positive outlook on the possibility of upgrades happening sooner rather than later.
Mr King said Livingstone Shire Council had submitted plans to have an expansion of the car park and boat ramp facilities, plus the long awaited upgrade to the road.
"Both Member for Keppel, Bruce Young MP, and Mayor for Livingstone Shire Council, Bill Ludwig, have worked with the boating community and I honestly believe they understand the issues, such as a lack of all-tide boat ramps and other facilities," Mr King said.
"It's great to see that they have come on board, and current indications are that there's going to be a concerted effort to make something happen, focusing first on upgrading Coorooman Creek."
Livingstone Shire Council Mayor Bill Ludwig said this week that council had already completed a full layout design for expansion of facilities at Coorooman Creek and would continue to work in partnership to upgrade the current boat ramp facilities across the Shire.
"Council's commitment has been to assist with identifying site options, putting forward concept designs and providing funding for complementary onshore facilities by the way of car parks."
Mr King said the group would ask Mr Young to have feasibility studies completed for Fisherman's Beach and Ritamada over the next three years.
"I'll be honest, I'd like to get a promise from Bruce Young that he'll make this happen if he is re-elected and if he promises this, I believe the boating community will get behind him," Mr King said.
CQBRAG's focus is to work with all levels of government to improve marine infrastructure.
"Think about this, Keppel Bay is one of the best fishing havens on the eastern seaboard and one of the most picturesque, we have the largest river on the eastern seaboard of Australia with huge barra being caught daily. We need to work more proactively to develop the marine infrastructure to bring in these tourists dollars," Mr King said.
The CQBRAG grand plan is to:
Upgrade Coorooman Creek
Extend the boat ramp facility at Fisherman's Beach to allow all-tide access
Optimise the car parking situation at Rosslyn Bay
A new marina facility at Ritamada
Develop better marine infrastructure along the Fitzroy River