Cray fishers decry timing of boat ramp closure
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.”