RAMPING UP SUPPORT: Visiting anglers Emmaly Taylor and Michael Hartnett (left and right) with Whitsunday Fishing World proprietor Bob Spees at the run-down VMR boat ramp in Cannonvale. 
Photo Sharon Smallwood
RAMPING UP SUPPORT: Visiting anglers Emmaly Taylor and Michael Hartnett (left and right) with Whitsunday Fishing World proprietor Bob Spees at the run-down VMR boat ramp in Cannonvale. Photo Sharon Smallwood

Boaties ramp up support

A PETITION to improve boating facilities in the Whitsundays is rapidly gaining support.

Proprietor of Whitsunday Fishing World Bob Spees said the number of signatures had more than doubled in the past week and there were now more than 300 signatures.

"If they (government) think there's only 160 signatures, they can think again," he said.

Mr Spees said the wheels were now in motion to establish a meeting which would hopefully include representatives from council, state government and the department of Fisheries.

"Surely we can sort this out. The common sense approach is to put a breakwall in at the VMR (Volunteer Marine Rescue) and widen that ramp where there is already ample parking," he said.

Mr Spees said improving facilities for trailable boats would help to put the Whitsundays on the map.

"And what about the people who live here?" he said.

"Why can't we make it more attractive to the people who live here and the miners from (places like) Moranbah and Collinsville?"

Mr Spees said while local and state governments needed to become involved, this was about more than just an election promise.

"This should not be a political issue about votes. This is about getting the problem fixed," he said.


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