17 years waiting for upgrade

IT IS 17 years and more since an upgrade of a boat ramp was first raised in earnest. October 20, 1992. George Dart remembers the date.

Yesterday Mr Dart, a member of the boat ramp sub-committee set up by the Burrum Heads Progress Association, renewed the push.

“We are confident after many meetings with government agencies that the State Government and our local regional council are committed to this new boat ramp project,” he said. “Burrum Heads urgently needs the new boat ramp at the western end of the Lions Park sand spit and the push is coming from the united voice of the greater community.

“For the safety of all our families and visitors we call on the state and local governments to move quickly on this very important new boat ramp project.”

Mr Dart made the call two days after the boat ramp controversy was raised during public participation time at a meeting of the Fraser Coast council.

Burrum Heads resident Catherine Meyer called on the council to “come clean to the people of Burrum Heads” and let them know that the current proposal did not stand up environmentally, legislatively or financially.

“I understand DERM (Department of Environment and Resource Management) has written to the council and spelled out the legislative and administrative barriers it will face if it proceeds,” she said.

Ms Meyer had left the council chamber by the time councillors had an opportunity to respond to her comments in general business, near the end of the meeting.

Councillor David Dalgleish said some of Ms Meyer’s comments were misleading and dismissed her suggestion that a public meeting on the ramp he had chaired had been “a complete rabble”.

“It was very organised, very well attended and people took their turns.”

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