NEWELL BOAT RAMP CALL
People have lost the use of that boat ramp or are worried about it. I’ll be seeking quotes to have it done, I’ll use several local firms if I can One Nation’s Jen Sackley
JEN Sackley, the One Nation candidate for the seat of Cook, has vowed to bring Newell Beach boat ramp up to full operation if she is elected at the next state election.
Ms Sackley has called a public meeting at 1pm this Sunday (September 3) at the boat ramp, at the behest of the party’s state leader Steve Dickson.
“He has asked me to talk to people about the matter of the Newell boat ramp not being as usable as it should be. Because of the sand, and also the safety issues relating to crocodiles near the boat ramp.
“We’re really, really interested in getting that sorted out.
“I want the locals to express concerns so I can gather as much information as possible.”
Ms Sackley said she had noticed increasing pressure on boat ramps in the shire due to the popularity of recreational fishing, especially in Port Douglas, as people came from far afield, including the Tablelands.
They needed to be able to access the water safely and in a timely way.
It meant that ramps like Newell Beach’s need to be as operational as possible.
She said it needs to be dredged more regularly “and perhaps even dredge it down Cooya Beach, down that inlet a bit, take a bit out of there as well.
“And what we do with that sand, all that sort of stuff, is going to be critical.”
Ms Sackley said her understanding was that feasibility studies around “this sort of stuff” at Newell Beach had been done in recent years, including environmental impact statements in 2011.
She believed work had been done, “but in my view not sufficiently and it was not maintained. So people have lost the use of that boat ramp or are worried about it.
“I’ll be seeking quotes to have it done, I’ll use several local firms if I can and I have already contacted one and I have asked another one to start drafting ideas up so I can present that to our state leader.
“Once we’re elected we can get that process happening.”
Jen Sackley wants action to bring Newell Beach boat ramp up to scratch