Petition in parliament
A NEWLY formed boat ramp committee consisting of Whitsunday residents Bob Spees, Keith Cooper and Greg France presented the 950 signature petition for better boat ramps to MP Jason Costigan last week.
Committee member Greg France said this was part of a two-pronged approach towards getting the region's boat ramps fixed.
"One is through lobbying Jason Costigan and the new LNP government to complete the feasibility study about what we can do at VMR, putting in a rock wall, a fishing pontoon, some toilets and fish cleaning facilities that would really turn this VMR ramp into something that is not only useful for the local community to use, but attracts tourists and fisherman from out of town as well," Mr France said.
"The other angle of pursuit we're working on is with Jennifer Whitney and the council. We're asking them to alleviate the immediate problems we have with the boat ramps in town that have taken on more urgency because of the work at Abel Point."
Mr Costigan promised he would take the Whitsunday petition to parliament, chase up the feasibility study for the VMR boat ramp, liaise with Whitsunday Regional Council and lobby the minister responsible for marine infrastructure.
Mr Costigan said he was delighted to help deliver better boating facilities.
"I don't have a magic wand but I do have a steely resolve to get a result for our boaties and I look forward to presenting the petition on these issues to the parliament at the next opportunity," he said.