For the past five months Rockhampton Regional Council has worked closely with the local fishing community, the broader community, businesses and government agencies to develop the Draft Rockhampton Recreational Fishing Development Strategy. WHEN it comes to new fishing and boating infrastructure on the Fitzroy River, local anglers are hooked on the idea – line and sinker.
With community consultation returning more than 1000 positive responses, council was ready to put the infrastructure plans in motion.
Proposed water based infrastructure includes a new two lane boat ramp in north Rocky opposite Callaghan Park with toilets, carpark and fish cleaning area, additional trailer and car parking at Littler Cum-Ingham boat ramp in Quay St, a new or improved boat ramp at Port Alma and improved facilities at the Larcombe St boat ramp.
Land based infrastructure planned includes north Rocky fishing platforms possibly at Queens Park, Lakes Creek and The Common, south Rocky fishing platforms at Littler Cum-Ingham Park, under the Neville Hewitt Bridge, Wharf St and Gavial Creek and fishing platforms downstream of Gavial Creek, at the Six Mile Reserve and at Mt Morgan Dam No. 7.
There are also plans for new fishing tournaments in the Fitzroy River.
Women That Fish Barra Classic founder Shara Banhaeren, who has been fishing for as long as she can remember, threw her support behind the proposal.
“I think it’s great for tourism and the local economy,” Mrs Banhaeren said.
“It’s a step toward making Rockhampton a Barra hotspot and the best destination for fishing in the region. It’s certainly going to attract more people to the region.”
Callan Connors, who throws a line into the Fitzroy at least twice a week, said he’d like to see new fishing platforms further towards the Rocky CBD.
“The platforms on Huish Drive are great but they’re a bit too close together,” Mr Connors said.
“You can go and throw a line off the bank but it would be good to get out into the river a bit more and into the deeper water.”
Mr Connors said the proposed boat ramp opposite Callaghan Park at The Commons would be ideal.
“It’s an unused space and there is lots of room for traffic and parking,” he said.
“It will be good to see it utilised. There are half a dozen spots along there that people fish from regularly.
“We need to be thinking about tourism and putting Rocky on the map when it comes to fishing. There is fantastic fishing here. If done right and done well it will be really successful.”