Cray fish­ers de­cry tim­ing of boat ramp clo­sure

Southern Telegraph - - News -

Ex­ca­va­tion of the Bent Street nav­i­ga­tion chan­nel and the sub­se­quent clo­sure of ac­cess to the Carlisle Street sand boat ramp has been la­belled a “per­fectly timed waste of money” by recre­ational cray fish­ers.

The work be­gan this week and is ex­pected to run up un­til Christ­mas, with the City of Rock­ing­ham ad­vis­ing the chan­nel will re­main op­er­a­tional, but there will be no ac­cess to the Carlisle Street ramp be­cause of trucks trans­port­ing ex­ca­vated ma­te­rial.

Al­ter­na­tive boat fa­cil­i­ties for pro­fes­sional and recre­ational boat users are avail­able at Don­ald Drive and Bent Street, but recre­ational cray fisher Paul Bar­ber of Shoal­wa­ter said those ramps were in­ad­e­quate.

“It’s mad­ness,” he said. “This is the busiest time of year for cray fish­ers, so what a per­fectly timed waste of money this ex­er­cise is.”

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