Council puts brakes on Baffle boat ramp
BAFFLE Creek Tourism chairman Tony Bridges wants local and state government to share his vision of a new boat ramp at Horseshoe Bend, Bevan Larsen Park.
It's an idea supported by almost half of the town's 548 residents, who have signed a petition, claiming an additional ramp could rejuvenate a dwindling local economy.
"The water is our lifeblood and we need to ensure we are sustaining ourselves," he said.
"The current boat ramp is surrounded by five rocky outcrops that make navigating in the water dangerous and difficult at the best of times."
State MP Stephen Bennett said his government supported the development, but said nothing could be done without the support of Gladstone Regional Council.
"We believe all concerns can be met," he said.
"We really would desire Gladstone Regional Council to act as trustee in this project, and I'm hoping we can facilitate the conversation in making it happen."
But Gladstone Regional Council said limited resources were inhibiting the approval of the second boat ramp.