Possible future ahead for Lauderdale boat ramp

A MAJORITY Tasmanian Labor Government will provide $50,000 to fund a new Lauderdale boat ramp to reinstate access to Roches Beach and Frederick Henry Bay.

Labor Candidate for Franklin Alison Standen said since the previous boat ramp was removed in August 2017, there had been a “determined and sustained reaction” from the Lauderdale community to reinstate access for small leisure craft.

“Local residents set up a private Facebook page, which quickly attracted more than 500 members,” she said.

“There is clearly huge community concern over the ramp itself and the Council’s handling of the matter.”

Ms Standen said the boat ramp was not only an issue of amenity and lifestyle, but also safety.

“Several residents have said that quick action from locals in the past via the boat ramp has saved people from drowning in recent years,” she said.

“This boat ramp is extremely important for access in any rescue situation – if someone out there gets into trouble, currently locals can’t quickly assist.”

Since the boat ramp was removed, Surf Lifesaving Tasmania has been providing lifeguards to patrol Roches Beach during the summer holiday period.

In August 2017, Ms Standen presented a petition with 524 signatures to Labor Member for Franklin Lara Giddings urging the Tasmanian Government to work with Clarence City Council to reinstate access.

Clarence City Council convened a public meeting in early December to consult on three possible options for the future of the ramp.

“Local residents fear that the lack of funding earmarked for an alternative will mean a summer without boat launching facilities,” Ms Standen said.

“While the final location of the ramp is yet to be determined, this funding commitment from the Tasmanian Labor Party will ensure that lack of funding is not a problem.”

Caption: From left, Adrian Petrie (of Lauderdale), Labor Candidate for Franklin Alison Standen, Tim Waddle (of Lauderdale) and Surf Lifesaving Tasmania lifeguards Olivia Eade and Laura Newell.