Work on in earnest at Arrawarra for new boat ramp
CONSTRUCTION of the new Arrawarra Boat Ramp and Carpark is ploughing ahead.
Heavy machinery and a crane lifted prefabricated concrete sections into place this week.
The $258,100 project is a joint venture between Coffs Harbour City Council and a $90,000 grant from the State Government's Better Boating Program.
Despite the improved facility providing easier access to the water for boaties, some locals are concerned the end result will be fewer car-parking spots available for peak long weekends and the summer holiday season.
One resident who lives close by the construction site did not want to be named, but said the car park upgrade simply wasn't necessary.
"What's the point in fixing it up if the end result is less parking?" the resident said.
"We just don't need it. By all means fix the boat ramp, but they're taking two steps backwards on the parking at the same time."
He questioned the community consultation involved in the design but hoped it wouldn't cause the problems he foresees.
The new sealed car park is expected to make it easier for boat trailers compared with the sometimes boggy conditions of the current gravel area.
The boat ramp is part of $4.45 million in State Government grants to support 61 boating infrastructure projects across NSW.
Roads and Maritime Services funds up to 50% of boating infrastructure projects under the grants system, which is funded by registration and licencing fees.
The Coffs Harbour boat ramp also benefited from the funding with efforts to reduce the effect of tidal surges and the extension of the breakwater.