BOAT RAMP OPEN
“LOOKOUT barra” were the words of local angler and spokesperson for the Whitsunday Boat Ramp Committee, Greg France, when the Proserpine River boat ramp re-opened last week.
Work on the ramp started last year and while the new two-lane ramp has made launching and loading boats much easier and safer, it has been determined that the infrastructure is not moving correctly with the tides. This means it will need to be removed and re-installed at a later date, most likely after the barramundi fishing season closes.
The planned floating walkway for the new ramp has been put on hold, as the walkway requires some design amendments to cope with the high tides the Proserpine River often experiences.
Mr France isn’t too worried about this hiccup, saying that the committee see the new ramp as a successful result of lobbying council, state government and other stakeholders to improve boating facilities across the Whitsundays.
He said it was great news for local anglers, as well as the fishing tourism trade, and with improvements to Abell Point Marina boat ramp, and the new Port of Airlie boat ramp, things were looking on the up for fishing enthusiasts.
The new, improved boat ramp will be open this weekend, and as the weather improves making conditions great for fishing, Mr France said to expect the ramp to be very busy.
UPDATE: The new two-lane ramp has made launching and loading boats much easier and safer. However it has been determined that the infrastructure is not moving correctly with the tides so it will need to be removed and re-installed at a later date. Photo by Grant Spees
OPEN TO PUBLIC: The Proserpine River boat ramp reopened last week. Photo by Grant Spees