Mayor says Burrum Heads boat ramp objections addressed

MATTERS raised in objections to the Burrum Heads boat ramp have been appropriately addressed, Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell says.

The council has endorsed plans to build the ramp at the western end of Lions Park.

Cr O'Connell said 62 written submissions were received on the proposal - 45 supporting it and 17 against.

"Council and the Department of Transport and Main Roads have reviewed the submissions and have been able to put into place recommendations to appropriately address matters raised," he said.

"This plan stacked up on environmental as well as financial considerations.

"We will now move forward to gain the relevant State Government approvals to start work on the ramp."

Councillor Rolf Light said the ramp would be built as a joint venture between the council and the department.

"The State Government is responsible for building the ramp and sea-based facilities, while council is responsible for the land-based facilities such as the car park and rigging areas," he said.

"This will provide fantastic boating facilities for Burrum Heads and the Fraser Coast.

"It will also have a major economic benefit for the town and Fraser Coast."

The plan, developed after extensive community consultation involving State Government, council and residents, was released for public comment after a public meeting in Burrum Heads on February 19.

"The investigation into a new ramp has taken more than 20 years and has looked at a number of potential sites as well as the costs of building and maintaining a ramp at those sites," Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said.