NEWELL BOAT RAMP CALL

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Shane Ni­chols

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

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