People are positive about boat ramp: progress association
BURRUM Heads appeared to get behind the latest concept for a boat ramp project that has been debated to and fro since 1992.
The fishing-mad community has so far been positive about the new plan after it was presented in a public meeting on Wednesday night, Burrum Heads Progress Association president Ron Gregson said.
"The general feeling is that people are accepting it," he said.
Mr Gregson said more than 300 people took part in the meeting on Wednesday, where a Transport and Main Roads team behind the concept also spoke on the various other ramp plans that had been scrapped over the years.
He said the new ramp was expected to attract a lot more boaties to the town and would have a positive long-term impact.
Fraser Coast division 5 councillor Rolf Light said it could be a game-changer for tourism and potentially real estate prices, as the state-of-the-art ramp would attract boaties keen to live close to good fishing spots.
"This is one of the most expensive boat ramps in Queensland," he said.
The new concept is a two-lane ramp that is accessible at all tides and will be built at the northern end of the Burrum Heads Lions Park.
It will also have room to add more lanes in the future, TMR engineers told the crowd on Wednesday.
Cr Light warned the community that rejecting this latest proposal may jeopardise government interest in going ahead with the boat ramp at all.
"The history goes back 21 years," he said.
"We can't afford to procrastinate any longer."
Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell, who chaired the public meeting, said there were still issues to work through, including a new location for the outriggers.
He said the large crowd at the meeting was evidence of how important a new ramp was to Burrum Heads.
"I always saw it as an economic development project," Cr O'Connell said.
He said he did not expect major changes to the concept once public submissions closed in two weeks.
"This is not something that was dreamt up overnight," he said.