Boat ramp ten­der

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY fish­er­man Bob Spees can see light at the end of a five-year fight for a safer Can­non­vale boat ramp.

A pas­sion­ate cam­paigner, spurred on by the mul­ti­tude of near-miss ac­ci­dents he has heard about in his fish­ing tackle shop, Mr Spees said he was over­joyed to hear Coun­cil had fi­nally re­solved to call for ten­ders to up­grade the ramp.

“I just reckon it’s fan­tas­tic, be­cause even re­cently there have still been ac­ci­dents down there and the whole thing just couldn’t come soon enough,” he said.

Whit­sun­day mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney said sub­ject to re­ceiv­ing the nec­es­sary State Gov­ern­ment fund­ing and ap­provals, Coun­cil hoped to start the pro­ject in late Au­gust or early Septem­ber and have it fin­ished by the end of 2015. The up­grade will in­clude widen­ing the ramp and con­struct­ing a break­wa­ter and pon­toon.

NEW LOOK: Artist's im­pres­sion of the up­graded boat ramp.

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