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The boat ramp located at Ferry Reserve Holiday Park in Brunswick Heads has been closed to the public by the state government.

A spokesman for Crown Lands (division of the Department of Primary Industries) told Echonetdaily the road accessing the boat ramp is now part of the foreshore reserve.

‘The foreshore reserve now extends to the waterfront without being dissected by a public road and reserve users do not have to contend with through traffic,’ the spokesman said.

Since the NSW state government took over the administration of some of the shire’s caravan parks, residents have voiced concerns that access to the river has been blocked to public use and the facilities are now more expensive to stay at.

When asked what alternatives are available for the public, the spokesperson said another public boat ramp is located at the nearby boat harbour marina.

And when asked how state control of public assets benefit a community in light of residents’ concerns, the spokesperson said, ‘The [North Coast Accommodation Trust] is upgrading facilities at holiday parks under its management in order to offer the public a range of accommodation options at competitive prices’.

He added that advisory signage was posted at the ramp four weeks before the road was closed.


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3 COMMENTS

  1. So, at Christmas and Easter there will be no congestion or lack of parking at the boat harbour ramp? Way to go, how to prevent recreational boat users from using a community asset under the guise of inconvenience to another. That boat ramp has been there for decades, what was wrong in putting up the signs at Christmas time so that the majority of users could have had a say?

  2. Another faceless bureaucratic non response to valid community concerns
    “when asked how state control of public assets benefit a community in light of residents’ concerns, the spokesperson said, ‘The [North Coast Accommodation Trust] is upgrading facilities at holiday parks under its management in order to offer the public a range of accommodation options at competitive prices’.

    Yet another example of State gov ‘Trust’ as meaning a boost to the budget, while disenfranchising the existing ‘social capital’ of the community. Meanwhile the local community and council pay for the upkeep of infrastructure that brings the ‘public’ (tourist) in.

  3. Interesting how the Crown has resumed ownership or management of revenue producing community facilities such as camping grounds and left the ones that require financial upkeep and maintenance to local councils. It would be unthinkable for the Crown to leave the Ferry Reserve ramp to the council – far easier just to close it. When are we going to see a nice, safe, user -friendly boat ramp in the Bruns? One next to the VMS shed with a pontoon that can be used by ALL the community including the elderly and disabled. Won’t our annual Christmas visitors be impressed when they arrive at Ferry Reserve in a few months. Way to go Crown. Not.

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