The development of this site is well overdue. The proposed facility upgrade will offer recreation fishers with a better and safer formalised approach to boat launching and parking for trailers.
I implore council to enter into meaningful consultation with representatives of the various fishing clubs and users that make up the trailer boat community. Comments posted by Scott Bradley should be given every consideration. The launching and retrieval of boats must be made quicker and safer to cater for the growing number of recreational fishermen using this boat ramp. The formalised parking will ensure a better amenity for the Bermagui community.
I would suggest a provision for solar lighting above/next to the fish cleaning tables. It has been the case that many fishermen are using the tables under the light provided by the headlights of their cars. (particularly after the end of daylight during peak fishing times of tuna season.)
Once again there has not been provision of fish waste collection. The current haphazard supply of collection bins for fish offal needs to be addressed. For many years now Council has missed the opportunity to ensure the recycle of this valuable commodity. The fishing community would no doubt be a wonderful contributor to FOGO. Any plans for the development of recreational fishing facilities should address the use/reuse of fish waste. There is a real opportunity for Council to work closely with recreational fishing groups to ensure a cooperative approach to the collection of fish waste.
Thank you for the opportunity to make a submission on the plans for the upgrading of these facilities. Once completed the Bermagui community, business, recreation/sporting and tourism be the benefactors. It is hoped that after a reasonable time of consultation the implementation of the facility upgrade can be completed before the next summer and holiday season.