Ramps below par, says angler
FISHERMAN John Reed wants answers to why some of the region's boat ramps do not comply with the government requirements.
The president of the Pine Beach Hotel Social Fishing Club has written to Transport Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk questioning why our facilities did not follow the requirements detailed in the State Government's Recreational Boating Facilities Application.
The application was to be filled out as part of a proposal by local councils and included a summary of standards and funding policies for boat-launching facilities.
According to this, for every two-lane ramp, a minimum of 45 car and trailer parks were required.
The facilities were also required to have a bitumen sealed access road, bitumen sealed off-carriageway ramp manoeuvring area and landscaping; but this was not the case at some of our most popular ramps.
At the Rosslyn Bay Harbour in Yeppoon, which has two two-lane public ramps, 33 extra car and trailer parks were being constructed between Anchor and John Howes Dr and should be available by the end of the month.
This will increase the car parking spaces from 169 to 202, which is above the required level, but Mr Reed said the extra spaces were not "the answer" to the congestion problems at the popular launching spot.
However, the Coorooman Creek boat ramp in Emu Park was upgraded in 2009, but it did not have a bitumen sealed road, despite public outcry from boaties at the state of the bumpy, dirt road.
It was a condition of a development application by Zilzie Bay Great Barrier Reef Resort developers to upgrade the dirt section of Svdensen Rd once the development reached a certain stage.
Mr Reed said he wondered how Rockhampton's Quay St boat ramp was approved and completed when it only had nine car and trailer parks, not the required 45.
A Transport and Main Roads spokesman said preferred standards for new boating facilities differed from site to site and road and car park requirements were not set in legislation.
He said new legislation for recreational boat ramp facilities came into effect on September 1 and was an update of the previous regulation, with several minor amendments.
"Once finalised, the Recreational Boating Facilities Demand Forecasting Study will be an additional tool to help prioritise a forward program of works," he said.