Burrum Heads residents' concerns ramping up

MORE questions are being asked about the design of the proposed Burrum Heads boat ramp, at the Lions Spit.

Decades of lobbying appeared to achieve a desired outcome for the town when the LNP announced in December it would fund the project.

But members of the Burrum Heads community have since raised concerns that the location of the ramp could ruin the area's last good swimming beach.

Now, Burrum Heads homeowner Nicole Murphie is arguing the design, which is still being developed, has not been properly thought out and could be unsafe.

"The major study of site options that has been used as a basis for the decision on the design, looked only at tidal flows and current strength," Ms Murphie said.

"It would appear that at no point has there been any analysis of whether the local boating community will be willing to walk over 300 metres from the car park back to their boat once it is launched, and vice versa to retrieve the car."

Ms Murphie claimed, after walking the site with a GPS, that boaties will be forced to reverse more than 50 metres, which she said could trip novices up.

She said the Burrum Heads Progress Association, which was pushing for the new ramp, did not represent the whole of the community, and she said a public notification period would be needed ahead of any final decisions.

Member for Maryborough Anne Maddern reminded people the boat ramp's design was still in a development phase and urged them to wait until it was complete before making judgment.



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