Shadow Minister for Crown Lands, Tara Moriarty, was in Batemans Bay this week meeting with members of the now defunct Batemans Bay Foreshore Committee to hear their concerns in regards to the use of Crown Lands along the foreshore from the Hanging Rock Boatramp to the Clyde River boatramp that Council proposes to remove.
Above: L to r Harry Watson Smith of the Batemans Bay Boaters Association, Shadow Minister for Crown Lands, Tara Moriarty and Max Castle of the Recreational Fishing Alliance.
The visit include discussions around the Crown leases as they relate to the Batemans Bay Foreshore plan and concerns raised over the current leases and Council’s intent to close a functional commercial and recreational facility.
The tour included the boatramp at Old Punt Road that is restricted to 4 x 4 vehicles launching. With such a restriction to water craft being launched there it was suggested that mishaps, such as the small punt that capsized over the weekend, might be more common as fishers launch from Hanging Rock into a more open waterway.
Ms Moriarty is the MLC for Bega and enjoyed a wider inspection of the region checking in on other local issues advising that, as Shadow Minister for Mental Health, she will be
returning shortly to conduct Mental Health forum in the South East.