Boat ramp study under fire
COUNCILLORS are on a collision course with the State Government over the number of boat ramps in the region.
The Rockhampton Regional Council believes there are serious flaws in the Government's demand forecasting system which has categorised the region as a low-demand catchment.
Martin Crow, the council's strategic manager of engineering services, has labelled the latest forecasting study inconsistent and incorrect and fears that it will leave boat owners high and dry because the government will build more ramps in other parts of the State and ignore local requirements.
“The amended draft recreational boating facilities demand-forecasting study report fails to acknowledge that the growing demand for access to Keppel Bay requires the identification of an alternative site to Rosslyn Bay,” he said in a report which received unanimous backing from councillors.
He said the Government proposed to enhance the Coorooman Creek boat ramp as a priority and while this would be a short-term fix it did not resolve long-term demand and investigation of alternative sites to Rosslyn Bay was warranted.
The Government believes the region is short of just three lanes.
Recreational fisherman Clive King, who started a boat ramp petition signed by 22,000, said the Government should have found an alternative site to Rosslyn Bay years ago.
“It is starting to affect tourism.
"People come here and they find they can't get their boat in,” he said.
“We are waiting for the council to pen a letter for funding to the Government.”
Cr Brett Svendsen said he had no confidence in the government's forecasting system.
“I believe people pick where they are going to live based on access to the water.
"We should be arranging an appropriate inspection of boat ramps and facilities within the region.”
Cr Bill Ludwig said once the Great Keppel Island resort was revitalised there would be a massive increase in recreational boating.
“We are going to be so far behind the eight ball it's not funny."