Residents reject ramp removal
By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
JOHN Sowter has been using the boat ramp at the end of Flinders Parade for more than 30 years and is now concerned about plans to remove it.
So far about 800 residents have signed a petition opposing the ramp's removal, planned as part of the CBD redevelopment. "It's good for all facets, safety, convenience ... we've got to hang onto this one and maintain it for the future,'' he said.
The petition was organised with the help of Member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham who will submit it to the state government once completed.
Plans outlined in artists impressions of the CBD revitalisation show the boat ramp would be replaced by a swimming precinct and artificial beach.
Mr Sowter said due to the tidal flow of the area, the boat ramp had often been used to transport patients injured on nearby islands.
He said he doubted whether the removal plans would be successful.
"We are a working town and so many people use the ramp,'' he said.
Mr Sowter said anyone who wanted to add their name to the petition or help set up a committee to oppose the boat ramp removal could call him on 0407 725 900.
In the past Gladstone Mayor Peter Corones, who was not contactable yesterday, maintained no decision had been made yet and the boat ramp would only be moved if an alternative location was found.