I agree with Brett ONeill and repeat in part what he says. His articulation of his thoughts is common sense regarding one of the better ramp systems on the Sth coast. From disabled, elderly & younger people having somewhere safe to fish, catering to trailer boats of all sizes up to having non trailer-able big game boat fishing facilities - Quarantine Bay offers a unique opportunity of Eden having the best ramp facilities on the east coast. It has the potential of attracting a great deal more attention from boat owners and tourists alike, it should be upgraded with careful consideration and made a priority for tourism.
"This needs to be re-designed in consultation with the Eden Game Fishing Club and the amateur fishing club. Losing the wooden jetty would make it impossible for the game fisherman to weigh their fish at the weigh station for those boats who can not be trailer-ed.
The 4 boat launching ramp should not be altered and the current floating pontoon should be extended down to an upgraded and repaired wooden jetty. This would give many more boats the ability to tie up and go an get their car. Upgrading the unsafe wooden jetty would still give game fisherman the ability to weigh their fish and also still allow disabled and elderly people somewhere to fish."
I will also add I have used that ramp many times, even in the busy periods and it can get quite congested but 4 lanes makes it manageable & safer. A safety aspect easily overlooked by those who don't own a boat or use the facilities themselves but have input into decisions, designs & the financial considerations of upgrading the ramp facilities is the aspect of fatigue of boaters at the end of a day on the water and boat recovery. Changing weather conditions often force boaters off the water at the same time. Eden's ramp with four lanes expedites quicker and less congested boat recovery, hence making it safer, (not to mention the congestion aspect of pre-dawn launching during fishing comps). To take away any ramp lanes (even one is 25% loss) greatly increases the chances of mishaps and injuries by magnifying the existing fatigue and resulting in shorter tempers. Please don't over fix something that isn't broken - listen to the voices of people who actually use and are experienced with those facilities. Please make Eden's Quarantine Bay ramp facility more utilitarian & something we can all be proud of for all the right reasons.