READER'S VIEW: Alternative ideas for Emu Park boat ramp
RECENTLY, a most divisive project has been proposed for Emu Park.
Now, I can understand fishermen becoming agitated at the wait for boat launching at Rosslyn Bay.
But for those boaties, such as myself, who enjoy an occasional jaunt, I am saddened at what is happening. Good friends of mine are reporting that non pro posts for this proposal are being deleted and some whose posts are not deleted are being harassed.
The friend who posted that comment is one I respect for his insights. He is not a petty person. Indeed, I am getting the feeling, from a wide range of sources, that quite possibly, a decision has already been made.
The open day revealed two plans only.
Two options for Emu Park.
Transport and Main Roads spokespeople told those who enquired that the Ritamada option was not off the books.
So, why not have this option up on the day too?
On page 8 of the link shows a potential for a barge loading facility should one be needed for future projects.
Are rate payers being asked to fund a barge loading facility for Tower Holdings in the (unlikely) event that they get finance, or (more likely) Tower on-sells the proposal.
Some respected local investors claim the entire project was for sale the day after the approvals were obtained.
Many of us criticise without offering solutions.
Here are mine.
1. Build a barge loading facility, if ever needed, at Coorooman Creek, about 150 metres east of the existing recently expanded boat ramp.
Double the capacity and extend the ramps further. Come on. Common sense please. A lot of boaties go south. Coorooman is not exactly all tide, but it is only on the big ins and outs that a problem may occur. A smart boatie plans.
2. I recently had the experience of thinking of launching my tinnie at Keppel Sands.
At mid tide it was too rough. High tide would have been bloody dangerous to retrieve and unthinkable to launch. Build a small rock wall there too.
Anglers love rock walls. Fish too, apparently. Go figure that one?
3. Expand Rosslyn Bay. Already, there is an area that could be parking. Extend the northern wall, north west, in line with the existing wall, for maybe, as much as 150 metres, then south west, parallel to the adjacent wall, for about 150 metres.
Build a long ramp wall with about ten pontoons, giving a capacity for about twenty boats to launch or retrieve simultaneously.
This third suggestion should provide growth options until the end of the 21st century, by which time humanity will have so damaged this planet that it will have eradicated itself. (A Harvard University professor's opinion)
So, people, stop fighting among ourselves. We want to boat. Utilise facilities that exist. Expand those that do not have an adverse impact.
Sorry, but Rosslyn Bay is already there and a smaller wall on another existing wall, is a more favourable and a much lower impacting proposal.
Otherwise, build this disgusting proposal in front of Yeppoon and listen to the screams.
Don't you love how this proposal comes up not so long after the council elections?
Ratepayers are being asked to foot part of this. No backlash at the polls?
Are vested interests already in league with all three tiers of government?