The new Proserpine boat ramp will officially be open to the public on the 15th March 2014.
From photos I have seen it looks like a mini Victor Creek (Seaforth) boat ramp – two lanes complete with floating platform.
Acknowledgement for this brilliant infrastructure must go to Fred Baxter ( now deceased) and Lindsay Dobe, who campaigned for more than 15 years to have the out of date, dangerous old boat ramp replaced.
Jan Jarratt the former Member of Whitsunday was instrumental in securing funding for this project. We pay tribute to the LNP government for delivering this most important public infrastructure. This boat ramp will inject millions of indirect income into the Proserpine/Whitsunday region.
All our energies will now be directed into the construction of a new boat ramp at St. Helens. The existing facility is at least ten years past its used by date.
In 2014 the public should not need local knowledge to use a public boat ramp anywhere in Queensland.
We also have grave concerns that Dunrock is on the State Government’s radar for a priority ramp upgrade. The locals don’t want it, MRFA don’t want it, and as far as we are concerned an upgrade of that ramp before St.Helens is a disgraceful waste of tax payer monies.
BLACK MARKETERS PUT ON NOTICE BY FISHERIES QUEENSLAND
Last week Fisheries Queensland issued a media release seeking public intelligence in an endeavour to stamp out black marketing of mud crabs and fish products.
A spokesperson appealed to the public for up to date information and further added that if sufficient detail is provided an investigation MAY be undertaken.
Informants are required to provide the following information:
*date, time and location of activity.
*record vehicle registration numbers/and description of vehicle.
*record boat registration number and description of vessel
*give details of the persons or people involved if they are known.
*give accurate and timely description of activity.
* Phone the local boating and fisheries office ( Mackay 07 670634 ) or phone the Fishwatch hotline which is 1800 017 116 ( please log this in your phone )
*If possible take photos or a video.
Callers can be anonymous, but they prefer you give your contact details for feedback
The spokesperson said stamping out black marketing will protect our fish stocks for this generation and the next.
I have lost count of the amount of times MRFA ( and when we operated as Sunfish Mackay ) made representations to senior fisheries personnel and ministers providing names of habitual black marketers in our region. All to no avail.
Stamping out the black marketing of crabs and fish is an almighty task. We know of at least four or five people within our region who certainly fit the description of black marketers. Identifying them, catching and prosecuting them are three different things. One way to put them out of business overnight is to name and shame them as fish thieves, confiscate their boat and vehicle and prosecute the buyer as aiding and abetting this illegal activity.