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Disaster Recovery Project Director Trevor Williams said Council had been exploring alternative boat ramp options while the Shute Harbour ramp was closed during major restoration works.
“As a direct result of lengthy talks over recent months to find a temporary solution for boaties we have today been advised by the relevant authorities to submit an application seeking installation of a flex-mat temporary ramp near Muddy Puddle,” he said.
“The temporary ramp is outside the major construction zone and would provide an option for boaties to launch at Shute Harbour subject to the normal tidal considerations.
“Council officers worked diligently over the Christmas break on this solution to improve access to vehicles at high tide.”
Mr Williams said the temporary ramp would also minimize any damage to the Grubby Bay/Muddy Puddle area by the activity of vehicles launching tenders.
“The ramp will be 20 metres long and 4 metres wide and would provide the public with improved access at higher tides with this site being used by boaties for the past 40 years.
“Once approval has been given by the Department of Environment and Science it will take less than a week to install the temporary flexi-mat boat ramp.
“Council will remove the flexi-mat at the completion of the project, when the Shute Harbour Boat ramp is reopened,” he said.