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.