Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

River St Ramp a Hit, Others Need Fix Too; Call for More Ramp Upgrades

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

River St Ramp a Hit, Others Need Fix Too; Call for More Ramp Upgrades

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Byline: Tara Cassidy Tara.Cassidy@dailymercury.com.au

LOCAL fishermen have taken to the new River St boat ramp in the centre of Mackay --- hook, line, sinker.

One of the most popular launching ramps re-opened at the weekend three weeks ahead of schedule, with a new $1.2million widened boat ramp and 60m floating pontoon.

It comes as the Australian Labor Party announced it would invest $5million in 'marine infrastructure' in this region, if re-elected, a large chunk of the $30million commitment statewide, as reported in Saturday's Daily Mercury.

There's 15,000 registered boat users here, one of the highest in the state, and if the flurry of activity at the River St boat ramp is anything to go by, it will be a popular investment.

Fishermen were obviously enjoying how easy it was, bringing their boats in and out of the water, tying up to the jetty, and kids and families fishing off the edge.

"Not to mention it looks great," Donald Alexander said.

"I've been waiting for this, and it's all-tide which is great, so I can get my boat in and out regardless of the tides.

"Just getting in and out of the water today would have halved the amount of time it used to take me and my mates, it's not just the look of it, it's far easier, instead you can spend that time out on the water."

Father-of-two Jason Smith took his wife and two sons down to the ramp on Sunday for a fish, and said it was a huge improvement.

He hoped to see other boat ramps in the region go through the same transformation.

"It's great and way better than the old one that was here, now you can do everything, you can even bring in your boat without someone needing to hold onto it," he said.

"It's much bigger, it would be good to see something like this out Sarina way too."

Spots like Campwin Beach were becoming too overcrowded to use, he said. …

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