Wonga ramps up petition
FOUR hundred people have signed a petition at Rocky Point (South Wonga Beach) – nearly half the town’s population – to either upgrade substantially or to replace the ageing boat ramp.
Kelly Lash, the owner of the Cane Fire pharmacy, at Wonga Beach said he started the petition in a bid to get something done about the poor state of the ramp.
“It has almost been 20 years of wrangling to get something done about this unsafe ramp and hopefully the 400 signatures which were presented to council last week will force them to take action,” Mr Lash said.
“It is old and has served its purpose but it can no longer handle the volume of boats and vehicles that use it.
“Also it is extremely difficult to turn any large boats as there is a bend on the corner of the ramp and you just cannot see and further highlights the danger.”
The ramp is a very narrow single lane concrete ramp which has quick access to the Daintree River mouth, Snapper Island and the Outer Reef.
Extreme caution needs to be taken when leaving or entering near the rock bar, particularly when it is windy. Northerly winds are very difficult to launch vessels from this point.
There can also be a long wait when the ramp is busy because it is so long and narrow.
And Division 10 Councillor Julia Leu said the petition was presented to council last Wednesday and she has asked council for a full investigation into the ramp and its safety.
“It certainly needs to be made safer because at present it silts up with sand and cars often become bogged,” Ms Leu said.
“And that means people have to get out of their vehicles and stand in the water which is something you really don’t want to do around here.
“We can only get a new ramp for the community if Queensland Transport grants permission to do so but I do want the council to investigate ways of improving the boat ramp in the meantime.
“It really has become unsafe and needs something done sooner rather than later.”
Call for action: Petition organiser Kelly Lash and Cr Julia Leu.at the site of the Rocky Point boat ramp