Tide turns on boat ramp repair work

Cafe owner Stephen Lindau and Wanneroo MLA Paul Miles at the Two Rocks boat ramp.
Cafe owner Stephen Lindau and Wanneroo MLA Paul Miles at the Two Rocks boat ramp.

In February, Yanchep Beach Joint Venture chief executive Gin Wah Ang took over the boat ramp upgrade project for Two Rocks Marina manager Sun City Ltd Pty.

In early March, it appointed contractors to finish the work after a prolonged closure since mid-October involving a contractual dispute.

Sun City Yacht Club’s patron and Wanneroo MLA Paul Miles welcomed the announcement that contractors had been engaged to complete the repair of the public boat ramp.

‘The local boating fraternity has been without this facility for a long time ” they will be pleased that this project should be finished by mid-May,’ Mr Miles said.

‘In the meantime, the boating public will be able to access a temporary boat ramp during the Easter and Anzac Day public holiday period.’

Commodore Peter Todd said having the club closed through ‘five months of the best part of the year’ meant families had not been able to have fun on their boats.

‘Financially, it’s been a big burden on the club ” most of rent that we collect from the boat ramp pays for our lease,’ he said.

‘We will be certainly glad to see it back because we have been manhandling the boats into the water for the kids to sail.’

Mr Todd said the prolonged closure had also affected the Two Rocks Volunteer Sea Rescue Group, fishermen and local shopkeepers.

Cafe owner Stephen Lindau said he was grateful the joint venture had stepped on board to fix the boat ramp.

‘Atlantis (closing) and now the ramp has taken massive prosperity out of this town,’ he said.

‘Not only have we lost the boat ramp, but we have lost the prosperity of people going away from here saying how wonderful it is.

‘We haven’t seen the transient, the day trippers this year.’

Mr Lindau said he would meet Yanchep Beach Joint Venture’s new economic development manager, former Wanneroo mayor Jon Kelly, this week to discuss measures to improve the business outlook in Two Rocks.