Council still working on boat ramp
PUBLIC slanging matches are not the way to realise the long-awaited boat ramp at Burrum Heads.
Fraser Coast Mayor Mick Kruger said yesterday that the council had not allowed the plan for an all-weather, all-tide safer boat ramp to slip away but had opted for dialogue with the relevant stakeholders.
He said the council had attempted to raise the boat ramp question with Premier Anna Bligh on her visit to Hervey Bay a month ago.
“The council has undertaken a Land Management Plan for land at Burrum Heads on which the ramp is proposed to be built,” he said.
“The land is a reserve under the control of the Department of Environment and Resource Management.
“We have been in discussions with DERM about the land management plan and the department has written to the council about the plan.
“That letter was taken to council for feedback and direction. The council remains committed to a new ramp for the Burrum Heads community.”
Mr Kruger has no plans to make public the letter, which he considers normal and expected correspondence between the council and a State Government department.
“We are planning to meet appropriate State Government ministers this month to discuss the ramp. How quickly we get to meet them depends on their schedules.
“While the council has had talks with DERM and the Burrum Progress Association, we did not want to come out shouting.
“We believe that it is better to have talks with the relevant ministers rather than put pressure on them through the media or engaging in public slanging matches.
“The council has not let the project slip and we want to ensure the best outcome for the community.”
Ms Bligh’s schedule did not allow her time to talk about the ramp last month when she visited Hervey Bay for the opening of WetSide.