Boatie: Ratepayers won't be hit with big boat ramp bill
Livingstone residents won't be hit with a big boat ramp bill for the construction of the Fishermans Beach Boat Ramp, a boatie says.
Central Queensland Boat Ramp Action Group (CQBRAG) president Clive King issued the warning after Keppel MP Brittany Lauga announced the proposals could cost between $11 to $15 million and the council and State Government could have to pay half each.
However, Mr King says most of the construction will be an 'in water' cost.
The larger concept for the proposed Fishermans Beach Boat Ramp (Option 1) is expected to cost $11.4m and most of this construction will be a reclamation build so most of it will be an "in water" cost, he said.
"There is a precedent that for boat ramps the State Government funds "in water" costs such as the ramp and "on land" costs such as roads, toilets etc is borne by the council".
"The funding for the Fishermams Beach facility from the State Government will come from the Marine Infrastructure Fund and as it is a significant regional economic project I argue that the rest should be funded through a State Infrastructure Fund", Mr King said.
For the proposed Fishermams Beach Boat Ramp we see this facility as having a significant economic impact initially through the construction stage (around 50 jobs supported) and then when built there will be a flow on effect for recreational tourists to the area.
CQBRAG puts the Fishermans Beach Boat Ramp and Coorooman Creek Boat Ramp tourism product to produce between $1.2m to almost $2m per year in economic activity for the local area.
"Any investor would say the return on investment rate for this project is too good of an opportunity to give up".
"Now I need to point out that RRC and LSC boaties have been tipping in over $1M per year for many years through their boat registrations and haven't seen much in return".
"It's time we see a facility such as the Fishermans Beach Boat Ramp proceed, we've effectively paid for it through our rego's and it makes good economic sense for the State Government to come to the party", Mr King said.