In August 2016, Council undertook stakeholder and community consultation for improvement works of the Malabar Boat Ramp. Over 120 community members told us what they would like to see improved at the boat ramp to better meet the needs of the broader community.
What we were told about the existing facilities:
· 61% of participants rated the safety of the existing facility as poor or very poor.
· 48% of participants rated the ease of launching as very poor.
· There is unsafe access to the water for other users, such as kayakers, stand-up paddle boarders, divers and swimmers.
· There are conflicts between boat ramp users and other users.
Suggestions for improving the ramp:
· Separate access to the water for other users, such as kayakers, stand-up paddle boarders, divers and swimmers.
· Low-key improvements to the existing boat ramp to ensure safe access to the water for recreational boating users.
· Low-key improvements of existing facilities that are sympathetic to the unique character of Long Bay, Malabar Beach or the Malabar Headland.
· A low speed zone for water craft and navigational lighting within Long Bay.
· New picnic and parkland facilities, including seating, picnic settings, bins and viewing areas.
· A restricted parking zone and improved lighting to help mitigate anti-social behaviour.
Where to from here?
Council will be developing concept design proposal options for improvements of the Malabar Boat Ramp based on community feedback and suggestions. Initial concept design ideas and options will be exhibited for community feedback in the near future. Thanks to all involved in the consultation.