Hope remains for ramp

Taelor PeluseyBusselton Dunsborough Times
Canal Rocks ramp.
Camera IconCanal Rocks ramp.

Spirits are cautiously high among Canal Rocks boat ramp supporters as recent stakeholder meetings bring the second risk assessment nearer to completion.

The facility has been shrouded in uncertainty for almost a year after the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions first revealed the ramp could be shut down amid safety concerns in October.

Following the August 31 meeting, DBCA said the report was due to be handed down next month, but did not offer a timeline on when a final decision would be made.

Groups invited to the meeting included the Naturaliste Volunteer Marine Rescue Group, Canal Rocks Actions Group, City of Busselton, Yallingup Boardriders, Recfishwest, and commercial tour operators and fishers — many of which acknowledge the need for safety upgrades while stressing the ramp’s necessity.

Marine rescue vice-commander Paul Bresland said while it was hard to know what the outcome would be, he was optimistic.

“It’s a much needed facility and it should be improved for vessels to use,” he said.

“It’s all just a waiting game now.”

Vasse MLA Libby Mettam, who also met with the consultants, said their broad level of consultation was a good sign.

“My message was that it’s essential this ramp remains open given its strategic importance for community, safety and tourism purposes and that there was community outrage regarding the Government’s original decision to close this important ramp,” she said.

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