sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Boat owners urged to 'ramp it up' at Wellington Pt, Brisbane
Boat owners urged to 'ramp it up' at Wellington Pt, Brisbane

'Six cars illegally block riggin area at Wellington Point ramp.'    . ©    Click Here to view large photo

Growing concern about how Queensland boat owners are increasingly being over-charged and under-serviced by local and state governments, has prompted the formation of Ramp It Up – an alliance drawn from some of the state’s 238,000 owners of registered boats.

And first item on their agenda is the Wellington Point Reserve boat ramp issue where over-demand for space and repeated illegal parking by cars in reserved boat trailer spaces, is causing unnecessary conflict.

Ramp It Up is offering to work as a conduit with Redland City Council and other users of the reserve, to provide a workable solution to the current conflicts.

Ramp It Up spokesman, Mr David Anderson said more than 100 local boat owners already had aligned Ramp It Up and with one in five Redlands households owning a registered boat, he hoped the numbers would quickly expand into the thousands.

'There are many issues confronting boaties – we’ve got local Councillors telling us that a motion recently passed about a trial, reduced parking arrangement at the Wellington Point Reserve ramp, was not the motion they thought they were voting on; we’ve had decisions made about access times to parking at the ramp without the critical matter of tide heights and water depths at the end of the ramp even being mentioned.

'We have police saying that a ‘don’t book offenders’ approach is just ridiculous yet, some elected representatives still advocate this flawed strategy; people who never have owned a boat are making wild claims about who and when people go boating as if every boat and person were exactly the same – it’s time to put some intelligence, facts and reason back into the discussion,' Mr Anderson said.

'As well, we’ve just seen the new State Government advise that it will be plundering half of the $4.5 million paid annually by boat owners for facilities through the recreational use levy.

'Ramp It Up has been advised that the levy, which is paid in addition to boat registration fees, in addition to trailer registration fees; in addition to the roads component of petrol prices and in addition to the traffic improvement component of car registration fees, will go into consolidated revenue.

Wellington Point ramp on Brisbane’s Bayside. -  .. ©   Click Here to view large photo


'In what is tantamount to misappropriating the levy for other purposes, that decision has come straight on top of major increases in boat and trailer registration fees varying from 27% to 146% over the last few years.

'One would have perhaps thought that with the number of employees in the marine industry shrinking to a fraction of what it was ten years ago including the loss of four local businesses and around 50 jobs in the last year alone, that local and state governments would demonstrate more concern than they have to date.

'However, rather than sitting back as armchair critics, we are very committed to working proactively and ensuring fairer representation of boat owners’ requirements,' Mr Anderson said.

Mr Anderson said pending further arrangements which currently were being made, people interested in becoming part of Ramp It Up could email their contact details to him via daveanderson_1 (at) hotmail.com


by Dave Anderson

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=103110

11:57 PM Mon 22 Oct 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World

The first annual WetaFresh is a big success by Tim Wieringa, Muskegon, MI














Techno 293 Worlds - France and Italy claim titles by International Windsurfing Association,














420 World Championship - Singapore and Spain out front by 420 International Class Association,






























Lightning strikes cut short CFJ Nationals by Andy Kopetzky, Santa Monica Bay








Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race sets off August 10th
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau victorious on day 5
Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Championship headed for San Diego
WPA Championships - Kids race divisions offered
New Clever Pig launched by US Sailing
America's Cup: Group agrees to co-operate in London Meeting
Copa del Rey Mapfre - Build-up reveals some remarkable enthusiasm
Marblehead NOOD Regatta - Images by Leighton O'Connor
America's Cup: Two AC72 skippers discuss Foiling Moths and the Cup
RS Feva World Championship - Brilliant sailing on day 2
America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Race Week 2014 - Relishing a challenge
Edgartown Race Weekend - BBBR and Round-the-Island Race winners named
Etchells Invitational Cup - Aussies take early lead in Cowes
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau strikes back on day 4
Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta - All set for test event
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 28 July 2014
29er World Championship - All set in Kingston
ORC World Championship - Third Course area opens for huge fleet
Day one of the Allen RS Feva World Championships
Anna Tunnicliffe: Final two days of the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games   
Joachim Aschenbrenner takes gold at ISAF Youth Match Race Worlds 2014   
Maxi Soh scores double wins in CMRC Summer Doubleheader   
29er World Championship opening ceremonies in Confederation Park   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Action resumes on day 3   
Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race Start 2014 VIDEO   
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship 2014- Final day   
2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins   
Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - Joint Statement is a curious note *Feature   
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Champ - Top four battle it out for final   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 6   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Wind teases competitors on day 2   
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Action-packed day of racing   
Herreshoff Marine Museum announces successful fundraising campaign   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - The most comprehensive victory yet   
Anna Tunnicliffe fourth at mid-point of 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games   
2014 29er North American Open Championship - Australians win   
INSA Sabot II Invitational Regatta - Erik Hou claims victory   
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Maxi Soh wins Doubleheader A event   
International Moth World Championships - Nathan Outteridge wins   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT