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Call to upgrade Fraser Coast boat ramps

Mayor Gerard O’Connell and councillor Trevor McDonald at Gatakers boat ramp where work will be done to clear silt from the channel.
Mayor Gerard O’Connell and councillor Trevor McDonald at Gatakers boat ramp where work will be done to clear silt from the channel. Robyne Cuerel

THERE are calls for an upgrade to the Fraser Coast's boat ramps as the push to make the region a recreational fishing mecca continues, and the number of boats increase.

Fraser Coast Fishing Alliance president Scott Mitchell told the Chronicle the River Heads boat ramp needed more car parking and a pontoon or somewhere for boaties to park.

His calls follow the Fraser Coast Regional Council's announcement of work on the Gatakers boat ramp.

Speaking on the ramp yesterday, infrastructure portfolio councillor Trevor McDonald said there was a desperate need for the work but he confirmed no work would be done on the neglected Gables boat ramp.

The Gatakers ramp was built in 2009, and maintaining the structure has cost $15,000 a year.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said more ramps would probably need to be built in the future.

"I think in time we'll look at wherever we might be planning boat ramps," he said.

"Not only is a ramp important - the land-based car parking is an issue."

State Member for Maryborough Anne Maddern said the Department of Transport monitored the capacity of boat ramps.

She acknowledged more people were coming to the Fraser Coast and bringing more boats with them.

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