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Better Boat Ramps For Better Fishing

July 4, 2024

Media Release from Leader of the Opposition Lia Finocchiaro MLA andShadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs Gerard Maley MLA:

The CLP will make boat ramps across the Territory safer for fishos and families.

The CLP’s Plan for Better Boat Ramps will start with $500,000 for major upgrades to two of the Top End’s most popular boat ramps: Corroboree Billabong and East Arm.

The upgrades to Corroboree will include the installation of a new floating pontoon to ensure fishos can get on and off their boats without having to wade into crocodile infested waters.

Other upgrades will include the installation of solar power lights to improve safety during night time fishing as well as better car parking and disability access.

“Under the CLP’s plans for fishing, safety comes first,” said Leader of the Opposition, Lia Finocchiaro.

“The Corroboree Billabong boat ramp needs a complete modern makeover, not just band aid solutions that do nothing to improve overall safety.

“We have heard regular reports of damage to boats and trailers, and concerns over crocodile attacks with stories of crocodiles stalking fishos while they launch their boats in the water.

“As one of the closest boat ramps to Darwin, these upgrades to Corroboree will mean even more locals and visitors can enjoy the great fishing in the region with a more modern, safe and accessible facility.”

Palmerston Game Fishing Club’s Kris Noble, who runs the popular Secret Women’s Business Barra competition, said safety was a major concern for fishos at Corroboree.

“We have women of all ages in our competition who struggle to get in and out of their vessels and in croc infested waters that needs to be done better,” she said.

“Having a floating pontoon will mean they can step onto their boat safely. We also launch in the dark so having lights will give better visibility of potential hazards.”

Shadow Minister for Recreational Fishing, Gerard Maley, said the CLP’s Plan for Better Boat Ramps will also see a rock wall installed at East Arm boat ramp.

“We’ve listened to fishos who say more shelter is needed at East Arm boat ramp. A rock wall will provide protection from the wind when launching and retrieving boats. It will also double as a land-based fishing opportunity with the top of the wall to be capped,” he said.

“Not everyone has a boat so this will mean even more Territorians can cast a line where there is great fishing and enjoy our fantastic lifestyle.”

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