New and improved boat ramps in the Bundaberg Region should be delivered, according to Mayor Jack Dempsey.
Mayor Dempsey said the State Government should fund new facilities or upgrades at seven sites.
These are Riverview, Walkers Point, Burnett Heads, Strathdees Road, Sandy Hook, Kalkie and Booyan.
“The Walkers Point boat ramp was identified as a priority one project in the 2017 Queensland Recreational Boating Facilities Demand Forecasting Study, which is still the current strategy for the state,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“There hasn’t been any funding allocated yet from the Marine Infrastructure Investment Program for projects in the Wide Bay Burnett.
“I discussed this with Transport Minister Mark Bailey when he visited recently, and the Minister undertook to make further inquiries.”
Mayor Dempsey said the 4670 postcode has the second highest number of boat registrations in Queensland.
“Bundaberg Region residents love our boating and fishing,” he said.
“We have safe waterways and incredible diversity from freshwater rivers to reefs and open seas.
“I’m calling on local politicians, state election candidates and parties to deliver these much-needed boat ramp improvements.”
Proposed boat ramp upgrades
Burnett Heads Boat Harbour: Expand parking to achieve an additional 20 spaces.
Strathdees Road: Conduct a feasibility study to determine if floating infrastructure is viable in this section of the Burnett River. If so, rebuild and widen ramp, formalise the parking area to achieve 45 trailer spaces.
Walkers Point, Woodgate: Widen the ramp to add a floating walkway and formalise parking to achieve 45 spaces.
Riverview: Formalise the unofficial facility to two lanes with a floating walkway and 45 parking spaces.
Mcgills Road, Kalkie: Expand ramp to four lanes and increase parking to 90 spaces. Investigate the feasibility to determine if a heavy-duty pontoon is viable.
Sandy Hook: Expand parking by 45 spaces.
Booyan Ramp, Moore Park Beach: Undertake a feasibility study to determine if the ramp can be reconstructed as near all-tide. If near all-tide access can be achieved, wide the ramp to two lanes and formalise parking to 30 spaces.
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