By JONATHON HOWARD
THE new Albert Street boat ramp has opened ahead of schedule, but not all Noosa boaties are happy with the results.
The boat ramp now offers a double lane drop off and new jetty facility at a cost of $380,656.
State Member for Noosa, Glen Elms MP, said the boat ramp was a win for the community and an example of the Newman Government’s commitment to improve marine infrastructure.
“As part of the $380,656 project, we’ve rebuilt and widened the boat ramp to current standards and constructed a floating walkway along the eastern edge of the ramp,” he said.
“Floating walkways are a great asset to recreational boat ramps helping reduce congestion and allowing for ease of boat launching especially in busy times.”
While the new boat ramp has been praised by several boaties, early complaints have been raised over the jetty’s length.
One resident, who did not want to be named, said the jetty sat in shallow water during low tide and only allowed for one or two boats to tie up during high tides.
The left side (portside) of the jetty was also difficult for boaties to tie up as concrete debris has settled on the bottom.
Mr Elms said he would look into clearing the concrete debris, but believed the jetty was at the threshold of its maximum length.
The boat ramp was funded through the QLD Government’s $50 million Marine Infrastructure Captial and Maintenance Program.
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