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Quarantine Bay, Eden

Pontoon Quarantine Bay, Eden. The following scope will be delivered within environmental and heritage constraints and regulations:

  • Renewal and extension of the finger pontoon jetty; (no change to the existing boat ramp);  and
  • Decommissioning of the original timber jetty as a mooring location.

View the Concept Plan or visit our Project page for more information.

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Comments close: 2 July 2019

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  • Is is possible to place a short length of hand rail to the pontoon to assist elderly getting in and out off boats I would suggest that it can be at the end of the pontoon in an L shape for strength and I believe that it can be installed at minimum cost and the benefits to us older men and women boaties would be priceless
    Thank you for your consideration
    John Neilson
    0429782268

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  • To Whom It May Concern,
    Boating facility upgrades are always welcome (if done properly). The way I read this plan we are losing access of one lane of the ramp due to the new pontoon being constructed in that position?
    If this is the case I also believe that the lane immediately to its left will also be lost or severely compromised due to boats launched off their trailers berthing on the new pontoon while skippers park vehicles and trailers. If this is the case how is this going to make launching and retrieving vessels faster during peak periods? We will in effect be cut from a 4 lane ramp to only 2!
    At times such as the Christmas/New Year Holidays, Easter Holidays, Eden Amateur comp, and the Eden Sport and Game Fishing Tournament there will be some extremely angry people. Particularly during these times mentioned when there are over 100 vessels launched and retrieved per day..

    If all mentioned above please take another look at it or speak to people that launch and retrieve their vessels at Quarantine Bay on a regular basis.

    Thank you for allowing us to have a say and look forward to the project.

    Regards,

    Brian Knox

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  • I don't think many boaters will disagree that we shouldn't loose ANY of the existing ramp. It would as you say cause havoc when it's busy.

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  • Great proposal just wrong position.
    Loss of one lane for floating walkway.
    Floating walkway could be placed next to the ramp keeping 4 lanes.
    The 4 lane ramp brings many boaters to Eden as it is an easy ramp to use even when busy
    reducing it to 3 lanes will cause increased launching and retrieval times at peak time of the year
    which will lead to increased cases of ramp rage.
    The position of the gang way will reduce the turning circle of the lager boat and car packages
    again reducing the amount of lanes that can be used.
    Keep the existing walk way to reduce traffic on the floating walkway.
    Concerns about the damage the floating walkway would receive during a storm surge as the surge often goes up and over the ramp.
    Keep the floating pontoons as a loading and offloading platform not a mooring facility.
    And with the timber jetty clean it up as to be used for a mooring jetty and if another storm surge destroys the pontoon as what happened in 2016 will still have a usable ramp.

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  • I agree with Micheal, cannot loose the turning capability we currently enjoy. Trailer boats are getting bigger and bigger. I can see this proposal being a bit a nightmare trying to reverse the modern trailer boat safely

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  • They have this idea at Johnsonville near lakes entrance in Victoria. It is fantastic for launching by yourself.
    I agree they shouldn't remove a lane from the ramp. (Bad Idea)
    I guess removing the old wooden jetty would mean that the Game Fishers will have to take their fish to the wiegh station same way as the Amateur Fishing Club members do "In their boat it's not a big deal "
    I believe once it's done people will love it for ease ofbb launching and retrieving.
    Also needed is a sign to indicate entry onto the pontoon from the water is CLOCKWISE ONLY I've been boating for about 50 years and it is an unwritten rule to ease congestion.

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  • There should be no loss of lanes. With inexperienced boaters 4 lanes can become 3. This would become 2. The walkway should be next to north side of ramp.
    Extended pontoon should have designated Drop-off/Pick-up and Short Tie-up zones (for launch/retrieval only)
    Timber jetty should be retained for mooring & public use.
    Using existing infrastructure may be cheaper but false economy in the long run.

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  • 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.

    If the wooden Jetty is removed then I wont be re-investing my money into the game fishing club because i wont have any facility to be able to weigh my fish and in discussions with others they have the same opinion. This will in turn basically kill off the game fishing club.

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  • At last we will be able to launch and retrieve at Quarantine Bay with infrastructure designed to assist the elderly and those with limited physical ability.

    No one wants the new pontoon to lie above the existing launching ramp and have the ramp reduced from 4 lanes. We note that: "The project includes the following works: Renewal and extension of the finger pontoon jetty (as indicated on the attached concept the access will be along the edge of the boat ramp and the existing gangway will be removed)" So it is stated that the access will be ALONG THE EDGE of the boat ramp - as it is at Merimbula...

    We should not allow for removal of existing infrastructure: 1. The existing gangway must be kept because to funnell all pedestrians alongside the ramp where vehicles and trailers are turning and reversing could enhance risk. It would be far better for pedestrians to have the option to access the pontoons from the centrally located existing ramp as well.. It is surely less costly to leave the ramp alone than to pay for its removal. 2. The existing wooden jetty is very useful for game fishing anglers and for tourists as a fishing platform. It must be kept. The DPI is constructing fishing platforms up and down the coast! Once again the cost of maintenance should be less than the cost of removal and landscaping..

    Thank you for the opportunity to comment and I applaud this new project.

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  • I also agree with Michael Mashado the loss of a turning circle would be a nightmare during busy times cutting the boat ramps down to two doesn't work Lakes Entrance is a fine example when its busy. Michaels proposal would be the best outcome .also maybe look at lengthening and widening existing pontoons , perhaps more car and trailer parking can be addressed during busy times

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  • I agree with Michael and Brian. It would be crazy to lose a lane and to restrict manoeuvrability. The old timber jetty is needed by the fishing clubs and must be repaired or rebuilt.

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  • 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.

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  • While it's a couple of years now since I last used this particular launching facility, my recollection is that it was quite good at that time. While I applaud any upgrade of the infrastructure, I would lend my weight to those arguing against the loss of any lanes or turning circle area. These are critical to the smooth functioning of the facility, especially at busy times of the year. Any reduction of their efficiency would not only inconvenience ramp users, but could also adversely impact local businesses.

    Yours sincerely,
    Steve Starling

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  • After meeting with Matt at Quarantine Bay today I support the proposed floating pontoon and suggest the following
    1. proposed walk-on pontoon beside the boat ramp 4.8m x 2.. 4 m should be a no mooring zone ie no bollards installed
    2. Existing gangway to stay
    3. Depth markers to be marked on all pylons
    4. Extension and widening of the original pontoon towards the beach is a positive move
    5. The moving of the original ramp into deeper water would be beneficial, with consideration of the swing of the moored craft, impacting on the space available
    4. Old jetty to stay

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