Location of new Burrum Heads boat ramp decided
A LOCATION for a controversial new boat ramp in Burrum Heads has finally been decided on after two decades of lobbying.
Construction will go ahead next year on a new two-lane ramp, not four-lane as previously proposed, at the northern extension of Burrum Heads Lions Park.
Members of the public have two weeks to comment on the proposed ramp before planning and design work begins.
The town's existing two lane boat ramp is expected to remain in place.
Burrum Heads Community Hall was packed with more than 250 residents last night keen to view concepts of the plan.
The latest ramp proposal is expected to cost an estimated $4.5 million.
Potential locations for the ramp, and whether it was even needed in the small town, have been the topic of debate since it was first proposed in 1992.
It will be a joint project between the State Department of Transport and Main Roads and Fraser Coast Regional Council.
Residents at last night's meeting were concerned about the potential loss of good swimming beaches, especially for families.
Maryborough MP Anne Maddern said the ramp plan would mean an additional sand beach area.
"The location of the boat ramp on the northern extension of Lions Park will result in the relocation of the drain that currently is causing problems on the beach area."
The plan can be seen at frasercoast.qld.gov.au.