Pelican Boat Ramp reopens to the public this weekend following a $1.2 million upgrade.
Pictured ~ Artists hasty sketchwork on being told the photographer forgot to get the latest pictures for the announcement. But, all good :0)
Council’s Manager Asset Management, Helen Plummer, said the new boat ramp is a vast improvement on what was previously there.
With its million dollar makeover, the boat ramp is now a safer and more accessible infrastructure asset, which will benefit both the local residents and visitors who utilise our popular waterways,” Ms Plummer said.
In the coming weeks, a new smart LED sign will be installed to provide real-time data on temperature, current velocity, tide and number of boats launched, as well as the ability to display safety messages.”
Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Councillor Kay Fraser, will officially open the revamped facility at a celebration breakfast barbecue on Saturday 16 March.
It is evident from our consultation with the community how important this asset is to our local boaties and we appreciate the patience of users throughout construction,” Cr Fraser said.
This ramp allows the community to continue to use this popular facility while Council continues to investigate options to address the problem of erosion in the area and plan for the future.
Erosion in this part of the Lake is a long-term problem and Council already has work under way to look at how we can manage the issues associated with channel evolution.”
Pelican Boat Ramp was closed in October 2015 due to the effects of tidal erosion and damage incurred in the super storm of April that year. A number of factors, including a revised design and gaining the relevant approvals, initially affected the delivery of this project.
This project has been funded through the NSW’s Government’s Boating Now program, which aims to improve safety and accessibility for all boat users across the local community.