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Proposed boat ramp at Yorkeys Knob

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Marilyn Wallace
145-147 Panguna Street

Total Signatures - 118

Sponsoring Member: The Clerk of the Parliament

Posting Date: 16/10/2018

Tabled Date: 16/10/2018

Responded By: Hon Mark Bailey MP on 15/11/2018

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland citizens draws to the attention of the House, strong opposition to QTMR building a new, additional, six lane boat ramp at Yorkeys Knob. The location is too small to meet present & future demand. There is not enough parking. Boaties' needs won't be met. 'Ramp Rage' will result. The ramp will impact the Yorkeys Knob community by increased traffic congestion, reduced road safety, more noise especially early morning, and reduced quality of life for residents. The location also has a two-lane boat ramp, Yorkeys Knob Boating Club facilities, and Cruise Ship Tender Terminal (2850 passenger capacity), and negatively impact residents as access is via the main thoroughfare through Yorkeys Knob. A mangrove & paperbark wetland biodiversity (Reserve for Preservation of Biodiversity) will be impacted. Casuarina remnant coastal forest will be lost. "Reef 2050 ... Sustainability Plan" states coastal habitats must be preserved. Dredging will be on-going & costly. Loss of Emergency Dredge Spoil Ground in adverse weather conditions will impact access to up-river facilities & flooding. 42,000 people live north of Yorkeys Knob & will travel 10 kilometres further to access this ramp. There is another suitable location at Trinity Park, cheaper & with fewer impacts.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to direct the Minister for Transport and Main Roads to:

  • Not build the boat ramp at Yorkeys Knob
  • Build the boat ramp at Trinity Park, closer to the suburbs of greatest population growth/demand
  • Publish detailed comparisons of costings and engineering investigations of the two sites.