Listen to the boating industry: double the boat ramps
The Country Alliance party says a push to double the number of boat ramps will be a key issue at next year’s Victorian state election following a government back down on the matter.
Senate candidate, Andrew Jones, said Victoria’s 170,000 boat owners are getting fed up with the lack of launching facilities and the government’s refusal to talk about it.
“The Liberal / National Coalition promised to make Victoria a leader in recreational boating facilities in the lead up to the 2010 state election”, he said.
“The government recently met with the industry representatives led by the Boating Industry Association, and the response they got was that the government would not do anything about it unless they read about it in the papers. Well, here it is, in the papers”
Mr Jones challenged the government to match and implement Country Alliance’s own policy of doubling the number of boat ramps. He said Victoria has about half the number of ramps per registered boats than New South Wales, and even less than other states. He said a 2007 study commissioned by the Boating Industry Association showed that improving boating facilities would make a significant contribution to the state’s economy.
“Doubling the number of boat ramps is not an ambit claim, but based on necessity for both boaties who pay than more their fair share in fees and for the state looking to support viable industries,” he said.
“Clearly they don’t get it. We do, and we stand right beside the BIA in making sure the voice of Victorians who love a day on the water are heard.”
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