Rocky ramps up boatie fix

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

COUN­CIL­LORS of the Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil have voted unan­i­mously to sup­port a pe­ti­tion to ap­ply for fund­ing to up­grade the Rocky Point boat ramp.

The pe­ti­tion was first pre­sented to Coun­cil to com­plete the boat ramp/groyne by Divi­sion 10 Coun­cil­lor, Ju­lia Leu, at the In­fra­struc­ture Ser­vices Com­mit­tee Meet­ing on Au­gust 17.

At a meet­ing held at the coun­cil cham­bers yes­ter­day, all 10 coun­cil­lors voted to sub­mit a pro­posal to the State Govern­ment for the fund­ing needed to be­gin the up­grade.

A to­tal of 362 peo­ple signed the pe­ti­tion that stated: “We the un­der­signed are con­cerned cit­i­zens who urge our Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil lead­ers to act now to un­der­take an ac­tion plan whereby fin­ish­ing the groyne and widen­ing the ramp is needed to en­sure safe and easy ac­cess for recre­ational boaters.”

The sin­gle lane boat ramp and groyne was con­structed by the former Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil and fi­nanced by the Queens­land Govern­ment nearly 30 years ago. The groyne/boat ramp ex­tends out to sea al­most at right an­gles to the beach but the creep­ing sand around the end of the boat ramp re­sults in a con­tin­u­ous build-up of sand on to the boat ramp.

Coun­cil is re­spon­si­ble for the re­moval of the sand and for the main­te­nance of the ve­hi­cle and trailer park­ing area, but any works that need to be done on the ramp it­self is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the State Govern­ment through the Depart­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads (DTMR).

The boat ramp is an­gled away from the groyne about half-way down its length. The risk of boats hit­ting the rock groyne is also a threat when weather con­di­tions are rough.

The State Govern­ment will now con­sider the up­grade ap­pli­ca­tion.

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