Marion Bay residents and boaties will be aware that the Marion Bay boat ramp has been the subject of a great deal of debate over many years. All stakeholders agree that the site is a difficult one with weather and tides creating difficult launching conditions.
YPC, in collaboration with the South Australian Boating Facilities Advisory Committee commissioned a marine engineering report earlier this year to determine the most effective long term solution for a boat launching facility in the area. A draft report has now been received by Council.
The draft report offers several design concepts, including trailer parking, dual lane boat ramp and walkway, wave attenuation options, seaweed wrack management as well as complimentary facilities to the area.
All design options presented have marine and environmental implications, including sediment deposits and wave attenuation. As a result, further questions have been raised as to the optimum design for a safe and cost effective long term solution, particularly in relation to ongoing maintenance issues.
Council has now requested that further research is undertaken by the engineers to model these effects. It is expected that these results will be available early in 2017. Following this costings and alignment with boating safety standards of the options will begin.
Councillors John Rich and Adam Meyer and YPC will discuss the detailed reports with the Marion Bay Community Reference Group and then move to community and stakeholder consultation.
YPC CEO Andrew Cameron said, “Council is undertaking an extensive research process to ensure the best possible solution which addresses the difficult and unique marine environment at Marion Bay. YPC is committed to pursuing a boat ramp which improves safety for our boaties as well as ensuring a development which minimises coastal impact.”