Boaties remain landlocked

Concrete slabs built for the boat ramp upgrade.
Concrete slabs built for the boat ramp upgrade.

However, because of a disagreement involving marina owner-manager Yanchep Sun City, a coastal engineer who designed the upgrade and a concreter, the ramp area has remained closed for four months.

Department of Transport (DoT) coastal infrastructure executive director Steve Jenkins said the department was disappointed at the extended closure of the marina.

‘DoT is closely monitoring progress and has repeatedly emphasised to Yanchep Sun City the importance of the boat ramp reopening as soon as possible,’ Mr Jenkins said.

‘DoT has been assured the works are a priority.

‘The unexpected delay in the reopening of the ramp is due to a contractual dispute between Yanchep Sun City and a contractor.’

When the Times contacted Yanchep Sun City marina manager Shane Lindsay, he said the company was also suffering during the delays, but he could not comment further as the matter was still in the courts.

Calls to the company’s head office were not returned before going to print.

Mr Jenkins said the department was in contact with a number of boat ramp users to give them regular updates on the situation.

At the last Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association meeting, president Peter Wimsett said the boat ramp was a ‘sore topic’.

‘It has been four months now, and the end is not in sight,’ Mr Wimsett said.

‘If this had been Hillarys or somewhere like that, this wouldn’t have happened.’

The Times contacted Transport Minister Troy Buswell’s office about the boat ramp, but a spokeswoman said it was an operational matter being handled by the Department of Transport.

Mr Jenkins said the marina lease would expire in November 2014.