AFTER decades of community campaigning for a public boat ramp in North Arm Cove, Great Lakes Council has decided there is no appropriate place for one.
Investigations into building a ramp at Heros Bay Reserve found the site would be unusable with the ramp needing to be a minimum of 40 metres in length.
Manager of parks and recreation David Bortfeld said in his report that even if it were to be 40 metres in length it could only be used for about four and a half hours a day.
“The reason for this is the extremely shallow nature of the site and the long tidal movement over the sand and mud flat,” the report stated.
President of the North Arm Cove Residents Association Len Yearsley said he had accepted the outcome because the bottom line was there was no site available.
“We knew it was coming because David Bortfeld had spoken to us about the unsuitability of Heros Bay at our meeting,” he said.
“It softened the blow a bit.”
Mr Yearsley said now that the council had worked through a logical process the only avenue would be if another site became available.
The council has agreed to this plan and Mr Bortfeld said it would try to ensure provisions where possible for boat launching in developments in the area.
There are plans in the pipeline for the council to pursue funding for the establishment of long jetties from Heros Bay Reserve and Casuarina Reserve.
Mr Bortfeld said the fact that there were well-serviced boat launching services at Karuah also played a role in the council’s vision in developments for North Arm Cove.
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