Lack of parking ‘political issue'
YEPPOON Coast Guard were thankful “ramp rage” did not rear its ugly head among the hundreds of boaties patiently waiting their turn to hit the water over the weekend.
But volunteer coast guard Gordon Fry said the wintry weather did not stop many people getting hot under the collar over inadequate parking.
Mr Fry said it had become a major issue for the Rosslyn Bay Boat Harbour.
“People are parking out on the road because there is nowhere else to park,” he said.
“We’ve got two pontoons and two boat ramps, now we need adequate parking to suit our facilities.”
Councillor Bill Ludwig echoed Mr Fry’s complaint.
“I’m a fisher as well and I know first-hand how bad it is,” Cr Ludwig said.
“And to rub salt in the wound, police go down and issue parking tickets.”
Cr Ludwig said the Queensland Government had been lobbied over the “appalling situation” for the past 10 years.
He believes the problem will escalate as the Capricorn Coast population grows.
Cr Ludwig said the worsening problem could threaten Member for Keppel Paul Hoolihan’s seat.
“I believe it will become a major election issue,” Cr Ludwig said.
“Like many backbenchers he’s done nothing, and they’ve known the growth projections were there,” Cr Ludwig said.
But Mr Hoolihan accused Cr Ludwig of “playing politics” instead of using council’s power to remove a “No Standing” sign that he said would yield “10 to 12 parking spots”.
“I’ve been working with the Transport Department over the past 12 months and there are a couple of spots we’ve been looking at,” Mr Hoolihan said.
“The department are still undertaking a review of boat ramps across Queensland.”