Rocky ramps up boatie fix
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.