Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Broome: Government axes boat ramp

Transport minister Troy Buswell has abandoned plans for a $50million recreational boating facility.

The West Australian [read this story]

Broome shire is meeting tonight, to consider requesting an urgent meeting with the state government.

You can read a media release here:

Shire of Broome

PO Box 44, Broome WA 6725

Phone: 08 9191 3456

Fax: 08 9191 3455

MEDIA RELEASE

19 December 2013 For immediate release

Broome to continue push for better boating facilities

The Broome Shire Council will tonight consider requesting an urgent meeting with the State

Government to ask that the decision to axe plans for a new Broome boating facility be

reconsidered.

Broome Shire President Graeme Campbell said the announcement by the State was bitterly

disappointing but the Shire was determined to work with the community to push ahead

regardless.

An Ordinary Meeting of Council is scheduled for 5pm on Thursday 19 December and a late

motion will ask Council to request the urgent meeting with WA Treasurer Troy Buswell for

Council and community representatives.

“Broome’s boating community deserves better and safer facilities than what we have at present

and the Shire is determined to make sure this happens – the ‘do-nothing’ option is

unacceptable,” Cr Campbell said.

“Council has already put considerable time and effort into advancing this project and so this

announcement is a big blow for the community, but in the Broome spirit, it does not put an end

to the push for better facilities.

“Considerable work has also been done by groups such as the Broome Boating Alliance,

Broome Fishing Club, Broome Port Authority and community members to advance this project

and we do not want that effort to go to waste.

“We will continue to work closely with stakeholders, and request that the State support our

efforts to advance what is one of Broome’s most important community projects.

“While we understand that funding for upgrades to the boat ramp at Town Beach will remain,

there is an immediate need for interim funding to ensure the facilities at Entrance Point are

safe.

“Not only is this facility important for tourism and recreation, but also for emergency response

during cyclone season, a concern that has been raised by members of the Shire’s emergency

management committee following the State Government’s decision.

“This is all about the safety of the community, but unfortunately this has been forgotten by the

State Government.”

 

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