I would like to respond to Michelle Tucker’s comments re marina fees (Whyalla News, August 6).
Quote ” Here at Whyalla, the launching ramp and car park are part of a marina facility offering a number of services and any comparison with fees at other locations is only meaningful if services offered are also comparable” end quote.
Whyalla Marina ramp offers a ramp, a wash down area, and a fish cleaning table, an unsecured parking area and toilet facilities within walking distance that are locked at night and not able to be accessed after hours.
All of the marinas/boat ramps I have recently visited have all of the facilities listed above and I must say in much better condition and I have numerous photos of other facilities supporting my comments.
Toilet facilities are adjacent to ramps and accessible at all hours.
The ramps are considered community assets and are free.
In case Michelle isn’t aware, recreational fishermen who use boats pay a boating levy which is accessible by local councils for upgrading and maintenance of boating facilities on a 50/50 basis.
Why isn’t council accessing these funds?
There is currently over $12 million dollars available to councils for such work which isn’t being accessed.
There is simply no justification for a 70 percent increase and will most certainly have a detrimental effect on tourism and businesses that rely on the sale of fishing tackle and marine servicing.
On a closing note, I must ask why after a major upgrade of car parks at the Whyalla airport costing x amount of dollars, car parking fees were reduced?
Council minutes, July 15 –
? Council approves a reduction in the current fees for medium-term car parking at the Whyalla Airport.
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