Boat ramp study still 2 weeks away

THE feasibility study into an improved boat ramp and rock wall at the Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) base in Cannonvale is still two weeks away - or so members of the boat ramp committee have been told. The committee consisting of Bob Spees, Greg France and Keith Cooper met with the mayor, councillors and an engineer at the Proserpine council chambers on Tuesday, where they discussed the majority of the region's boat ramps.

Mr Spees said it was important to have the VMR feasibility study finalised before the LNP Government holds its community cabinet here next month.

"We have asked that the feasibility study be given to the boat ramp committee for a couple of days so we can take a look at it, make any recommendations and discuss it with the public," he said.

Mr Spees said the boat ramp committee had applied for a half-hour meeting with the Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson, who will be here on August 5-6.

"At that meeting we'll be asking for the funding for the VMR boat ramp to go ahead. By the time that feasibility study is out we will have met all the requirements for them to keep their election promise that we would get a new boat ramp and rock wall at VMR," he said.

Meanwhile, work will continue on the boat ramp at Abel Point and Port of Airlie is "progressing".

"We've requested that during the next hight tide they dig out the end of the ramp again and that will be an ongoing project every month," Mr Spees said.

A request has also been made for council to look into the possibility of a floating pontoon on the left-hand-side of the boat ramp at Shute Harbour. A two-lane boat ramp and car parking at the Proserpine River is reportedly going ahead.


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