Sick and tired of being fobbed off by Eurobodalla Shire Council over the essential installation of a solar light at the Mosquito Bay Boatramp, paid for in full, by the Fishing Trust from fishing licences and boat trailer registrations the NSW South Coast RecFisher Advocate Group has taken to social media with the video below and very clear instruction to Eurobodalla Council of "Get It Done". The Mosquito Bay Fishing Table & Boat ramp solar lighting project is expected to deliver the Installation of 2 x 1000 lumen LED solar powered lights on a powder coated pole on a new structural footing to illuminate the fish cleaning table and boat ramp at Mosquito Bay. The secured funding of $7500 from the Recreational Fishing Trusts Investment Plan 2018/19 – 2020/21 will, according to a Council spokesperson, also be part of a project to replace the existing fish cleaning table as well as install solar lighting. The Council spokesperson on October 16th advised The Beagle that "The full cost of this project is $9000, with Council and the local fishing club contributing the remaining funds." This was news to Malua Bay Fishing Club President, Andrew Turner, when we spoke to him today. Andrew advised that he had no knowledge of Council's intention to replace the fish cleaning table and saw no need to so as it was in good order. He was also surprised to hear his club would be contributing funds as there had been no communication between the Council and the fishing club on this matter nor any such agreement. Andrew said "There is nothing structurally wrong with the fish cleaning table. All it requires is regular maintenance by council to remove debris buildup. In fact the Malua Bay Fishing Club members maintain, and replace, taps and hoses when required at their own expense". "If anything, after the installation of the solar light, it would be good if Council could finally install a tap, as has been long requested at the wash down area". "This has been a needless and long drawn out process where every time we contact Council for an update we are told it will be done soon with the last call promising it would be done before Christmas".
"Now we discover that Council want to hold off and tie the installation of our fully funded solar light on the boatramp with their own project of a solar light at the carpark". "This is all very disappointing and most of all the disappointment is that Council have not been open from the start when we first approached them seeking their permission, as land owners, to install the light so we could secure funding". "Right from the start they wanted to make it their project. If we hadn't let them take over it would be installed right now". Andrew concluded.
Video: Adam Martin on location at the Mosquito Bay Boat Ramp airing his frustrations that a fully funded solar light, secured in August 2018, has not been installed and that Council have decided to defer installation until 2019 exposing summer fishers to needless risk
The NSW South Coast RecFisher Advocate Social Media page asks: How many phone calls, emails, letters and meetings does it take to get a safety light installed?
The page invites Eurobodalla Council to call Malua Bay Fishing Club President, Andrew Turner, by end of business day Tuesday the 27th of November and explain to him "the rubbish reason" it is not installed.
Euro Fishing Association President, Adam Martin, offers to Council "We are done being ignored. Rec fishers advocated for the funding and can just as easily boycott it along with any other funding associated with recreational fishing and boating."
"This is not a isolated case, it is happening in most local governments in NSW. This is another prime example to have one authority in NSW that controls rec boating infrastructure."
"Do you really want a STOP THE LOCKOUT style campaign in the Eurobodalla?"