Ramp campaigners lobby LNP leader
IT WAS a chance for Clive King and John Reed to show another government leader the “embarrassment” on the Capricorn Coast.
The two long-time campaigners for another deep-water access and all-tide boat ramp on the coast took a stroll with LNP leader Campbell Newman around the Rosslyn Bay Harbour yesterday to discuss the lack of boating infrastructure in the region.
Mr King told Mr Newman it was “disgusting” that there were more than 22,000 boat licence holders in the Rockhampton region, but only 14 ramps (with eight deep water lanes) to service Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast residents, compared to Townsville which only had 11,500 licences holders and 27 boat lanes.
These figures were confirmed on the Townsville City Council website yesterday, and the Townsville Bulletin, which reported in May the State Government committed $15 million for a new ramp complex on the Ross River, which would add a further 16 lanes to that total.
Mr King's idea for a four-lane, all-tide ramp and mini harbour at Emu Park's Fisherman's Beach could cost between $5 to $10 million.
Mr Newman listened intently and looked at documents and photographs of the traffic congestion both on the lanes and in the car parks at the harbour, and while he agreed there was a discrepancy, he said he could not make any promises.
However, Mr Newman said the issue would be on LNP candidate for Keppel Bruce Young's wish list.
Mr Young said, if elected, he would push for funding to do a feasibility study on identifying the best site for a new all-tide ramp, taking into account the concept plans and research by Mr King and Mr Reed for the ramp to be constructed at Fisherman's Beach.
Previously, Mr King and Mr Reed have discussed the need for another ramp with council, Member for Keppel Paul Hoolihan, Member for Capricornia Kirsten Livermore as well as Opposition Transport Minister Mark Robinson.
Mr King has received 2200 signatures supporting his innovative idea.