Work going ahead to build the temporary groyne intended to protect the boat ramp.
Work going ahead to build the temporary groyne intended to protect the boat ramp.

Divers are all at sea over ramp closure

By DAVID MOASE

MATT RIX had a boat full of divers looking forward to a trip to the Solitary Islands Marine Park yesterday morning, but they did not get their feet wet.

The group of 12 tourists and their captain travelled as far as the harbour boat ramp before being told they could go no further.

They were stopped from using the boat ramp on the southern side of the harbour because of construction work on a temporary groyne intended to reduce sand infill and wave action near the ramp.

The cancellation of the trip left Mr Rix, owner of Solitary Islands Adventures, fuming.

"We were basically told 'bad luck you can't use it'," Mr Rix said.

"I told them I had to launch and I had a boatload of people getting peed off with Coffs Harbour but we were told we couldn't do it.

"They said (the ramp) was going to be out of action until the weekend."

Building of the temporary groyne began last week, involving the filling of three 30 metre tubes with sand.

The groyne is intended to make the ramp safer for boat users.



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