Locals lobby for boating facility

Alan Smith, Capricorn Lodge South End Smallcraft Facility group committee member at Curtis Island putting together plans for new boat facilities at Curtis Island.
Alan Smith, Capricorn Lodge South End Smallcraft Facility group committee member at Curtis Island putting together plans for new boat facilities at Curtis Island. Brenda Strong

IT only takes one group of people with a go-getting drive to get the ball rolling for a $1.035 million project, as it is being proven on Curtis Island at the moment.

A group of residents have formed a committee, undertaken a lot of research and put together a proposal for a new boating facility to benefit the whole community and its visitors.

It is proposed that the boat ramp would be adjacent to the old shelter shed and the existing concrete slab that was the head of the old jetty be used for the start of the pontoon.

The group, the South End Smallcraft Facility, has a steering team consisting of John Abbott, Alan Smith, Philip Marks and Greg Mulvena as the main committee members.

Mr Smith said with the liquefied natural gas industry building in Gladstone, there was an opportunity to get some big business support.

He said the committee hoped to get some funding support from the LNG companies, along with other funding avenues, to get the project up and running.

Mr Smith said also, with more and more people wanting to live on Curtis Island, there was the need.

He said there was real cause for concern for the safety of boaters using the existing facility with rough swells making it hard for people to get in and out of boats where the stairs are, swells making it hard to load and unload boats at the boat ramp and rocks covering half the boat ramp.

Mr Smith said the proposal would see boating facilities built on the back beach of Curtis Island, on flat water, protected from swells and prevailing south-east winds.

An application for support from the Gladstone Regional Council fell on deaf ears at last Tuesday’s council meeting, as councillors decided against providing any funding or help for the proposal.

Boat facility proposal

A channel and swing basin suitable for small boats up to eight metres length

A single five-metre wide boat ramp

A floating pontoon with four public-access berths for loading and unloading

Another four berths for long-term use

Parking for up to 10 cars with trailers

Installation of solar-powered lights and additional navigational markers.


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