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Clive King (President of the CQ Boat Ramp Action Group) welcomes the two new lanes to be added to the Coorooman Creek boat ramp. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Clive King (President of the CQ Boat Ramp Action Group) welcomes the two new lanes to be added to the Coorooman Creek boat ramp. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

FISHING has been a passion for Clive King since he was a kid.

He joined his first fishing club aged 10 and went on to win his first fishing competition at 14.

So it's no surprise he has been lobbying for better marine infrastructure for the Capricorn Coast.

Mr King, 52, is president of the CQ Boat Ramp Action Group, and the group's hard work has paid off.

The Coorooman Creek Boat ramp, near Zilzie, will receive a $1 million upgrade to improve safety and allow boaties to launch and retrieve their boats faster.

Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig has been working with Member for Keppel Bruce Young, Southern Capricorn Coast Boat Ramp Advisory Committee and the CQ Boat Ramp Action Group to bring better facilities to the region.

The boat ramp will be widened from two to four lanes as part of the State Government's Marine Infrastructure Fund.

Mr King said the council will also put in $650,000 to upgrade the carpark to 90 spaces.

He said the boat ramp was mayhem for local anglers at the moment.

"You could easily see 100 people come and go on the weekend; Emu Park has always been a fishing community and people here love doing a bit of fishing," he said.

Work is planned to start next year on the boat ramp and be finished by the 2016/17 financial year.

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