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LAST week’s beautiful weather held great al-
lure for local fishermen who have not ventured
north for the winter, but the amount of sand
covering the Anderson Street boat ramp in
Cowes proved troublesome.
Local anglers remain extremely frustrated
with this ramp, which remains inaccessible for
many vehicles, with two four wheel drive vehi-
cles becoming bogged on Wednesday morning.
“What hope have I got in my vehicle,” said
onlooker and boat owner Rob Wilkinson, of
“These are four wheel drive vehicles that the
RACV has had to come and tow out.
“The old ramp used to go straight down and
level out in the water so you could drop your
boat off. But the design of the new ramp con-
tinues to cause problems.”
According to Rob and other users, the raised
top of the new ramp and the level to which the
concrete slabs have been dug down below the
water line (deeper than the natural shift of the
sand) means that sand deposits all over the
“The whole design is wrong.”
The construction of the current ramp was
completed in 2011, and a new jetty alongside it
was built last year.
But this has also proved to be unusable at
times to the chagrin of local boat users who say
they have been proved to be correct following
opposition to the plans prior to the construc-
tion of this facility.
At high tide the jetty is largely under water
and at low tide it’s out of water, each scenario
making it inaccessible for many hours daily for
the purpose for which it was built.
The need for machinery and regular and ex-
pensive excavation works to clear the adjacent
ramp is a costly band-aid solution in the eyes
of the fishermen.
They want the problem fixed permanently so
the sand can be controlled, and the boat ramp
usable all of the time.
But their calls over the last few years have
fallen on deaf ears.
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Repair work at new jetty
Problems at the Anderson St boat ramp continue
STORM activity over the past few weeks has
apparently caused a post on the nine month
old Anderson Street jetty to bend.
Boat users were surprised last Friday to see
the pole attached to a rope and being pulled
by a heavy machine, in a bid to straighten it.
Boat users believe the supporting pole bent
because of a build-up of kelp on the structure,
which caused resistance to a strong outgoing
The council’s General Manager Infrastruc-
ture, Felicity Sist said on Friday that the
works to rectify the problem were carried out
last week following a final contract inspection.
She said a number of items were rectified
by and at the expense of the contractor for the
final completion of the contract.
Loose small pieces of sections running be-
tween the fenders were fixed with additional
bolts, and a bent fender and aluminium sup-
porting member were rectified, Ms Sist said.
While observers stated that the jetty was out
of alignment before the work was undertaken,
Ms Sist said there was no finding of any move-
ment of the jetty.
“This jetty was constructed by the special-
ist contractor and complies with all Australian
“I t has Third Party Engineers Certification
from the contractor,” she commented.
A bent post at the Anderson Street jetty is straightened on Friday.
This four wheel drive was swamped by
the incoming tide after becoming bogged in
sand at the Anderson Street boat ramp last
Two four wheel drive vehicles became bogged at the boat ramp last week, the second after
it attempted to pull out the first. The RACV tow truck was needed to free both of them.
The council’s General Manager Infrastruc-
ture, Felicity Sist said works carried out at
the new Anderson Street boat ramp included
rectification of this bent fender and support-
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