News

Boat ramp ‘not safe'

Coffs Harbour boaties say they’ll embrace a user pays system for the boat ramp but not before modifications are made.
Coffs Harbour boaties say they’ll embrace a user pays system for the boat ramp but not before modifications are made. TREVOR VEALE

COFFS Harbour boaties and fisherman would be happy to pay to use the harbour boat ramp but only if it's a safe environment.

Regular users of the boat ramp believe there's a number of safety issues that need to be dealt with before any thoughts of introducing a user pays system should be considered.

"I don't mind paying for the use of something like the boat ramp but only if it's worth it," regular boat ramp user Bruce Fairbridge said.

"At the moment the boat ramp isn't worth two-bob."

The major concern raised by regular users of the boat ramp is the water surges that regularly flow into the channel.

Water surges force boats into the rocks, leave vehicles suddenly submerged and cause injury.

Mr Fairbridge said that he's seen tourists swear they'll never return to Coffs Harbour to fish after experiencing the poor conditions at the boat ramp.

Having used the ramp each weekend to go fishing, Mr Fairbridge believes that the wall built in front of the ramp requires modification to stop water surges becoming an issue.

"Anyone who's designing that wall needs to get out from behind a desk and actually ask the fisherman for help," he said.

"The wall isn't out far enough and it needs to have a hook in it."

Topics:  boating, boat ramp, fisherman, harbour, safety



Plan for Aboriginal cultural centre on Fishos site

The Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club fell into liquidation last month.

THE Aboriginal Land Council is planning a cultural centre

Immigration scam targeting Woolgoolga residents

police generic

POLICE are warning Woolgoolga residents to be aware of a phone scam

Free-to-air broadcast a boost for Rally Australia

SMALL SCREEN, BIG ACTION: This year's high octane action from the Kennards Hire Rally Australia in November will be seen on free-to-air television.

Coffs Coast's own Rally Australia to be televised on popular network

Latest deals and offers

The Hard Word reviews Kyzer Soze

Kyzer Soze are playing Brisbane tomorrow at the Crowbar in Fortitude Valley. Photo Contributed

Kyzer Soze summon the evil for this mighty slab of death metal

Britney Spears 'almost drowned' in Hawaii

Britney Spears has revealed she 'almost drowned' while on holiday

Doco reveals real story behind Black Hawk Down

Former Black Hawk pilot Mike Durant shares his story, which helped to inspire the movie Black Hawk Down, in the TV series No Man Left Behind.

FORMER pilot recounts ordeal which inspired a Hollywood movie.

What's on the big screen this week

Toby Kebbell and Jack Huston in a scene from the movie Ben-Hur.

AN OLD classic returns to the big screen with a new young star.

Bachelor Richie gives bacon-loving Noni the boot

Noni Janur features on this season of The Bachelor.

TOOWOOMBA swimwear designer still single but focusing on her career.

Zumbo's Just Desserts serves up magical dishes

Gigi Falanga, left, joins hosts Adriano Zumbo and Rachel Khoo on the TV series Zumbo's Just Desserts.

ADRIANO Zumbo’s decadent creations have become prime-time viewing.

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m

Guess which Sunshine Coast suburb cracked the million dollar list?

This four-bedroom home at 26 McAnally Dr, Sunshine Beach was for sale for $7 million.

List of Australia's five most-expensive suburbs

Does it get any better than this? Check out this $2M home

LUXURY LIVING: The Coral Cove home built by Steve Coates Constructions that took out the best home over $2 million and the Wide Bay Burnett House of the Year at the Master Builders Wide Bay Burnett Housing and Construction Awards.

Wide Bay's best home is right on our doorstep