BOAT RAMP OPEN

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE -

“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

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