Ray L’Barrow at Fig Tree Creek where he fears it would be very costly for some jetties to be pulled down after the release of the Draft Management Plan for Ross and Fig Tree creeks.
Ray L’Barrow at Fig Tree Creek where he fears it would be very costly for some jetties to be pulled down after the release of the Draft Management Plan for Ross and Fig Tree creeks. Nikita Watts

Man fears loss of old family jetty

CHRIS Svendsen and his father purchased a jetty in Ross Creek 44 years ago for 80 pounds or $160.

But concerned resident Ray L’Barrow, who has an extensive marine background, yesterday said it could cost Chris and other owners up to $50,000 if the Ross and Fig Tree Creeks Draft Management Plan is implemented.

He said the creeks should be made into a proper marina to cater for growth.

The plan states there are about 70 jetties, but it is likely most have illegal structures, which have to be approved or pulled down, and there may be a dispute of ownership.

Under the plan, occupiers have to prove ownership, structures need engineering certificates, and owners have to apply for a permit to occupy the jetty and make a development application to Rockhampton Regional Council to bring it up to standard.

Chris, the secretary of the Yeppoon Inlet Association, fears he will be called a “trespasser” and the historic jetty may not stay in the family.

He said he had paperwork to prove ownership, but he was worried it might not be enough and he might not be able to afford the processes.

Under the plan, structures that are not approved are an “act of trespass” under the Land Act, and owners would be issued a trespass notice requiring the removal of the structure at the cost to the occupier.

A DERM spokesman said the plan was only a draft for community input, and submissions could be made at www.derm.qld.gov.au, closing on June 8.

ROSS AND FIG TREE CREEKS

Since the 1930s, residents have built about 70 jetties for boat mooring, storage and maintenance.



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