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Have your say on boat ramp changes

Last updated 05:00 30/01/2014

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Boaties are experiencing long waits to get in and out of the water at the region's boat ramps, including Shelly Beach, South Head.

Problems include peak time use over the summer holidays and a lack of car parking spaces for vehicles and boat trailers overflowing onto grass reserves and berms.

The Auckland Council is looking at improvements to ease the traffic in its survey of boat users at 92 sites in the Rodney and Hibiscus Coast areas.

It is reviewing boat ramp, launching and mooring facilities.

Problems could be alleviated with boat ramp upgrades, new ramps, parking and signs, or improving the availability and accessibility of information regarding ramp use.

The survey asks boaties which ramps they use, why, how often they use it and how much they would pay for the use.

The survey has been online since November 14 and has had only 310 responses, although the majority of respondents are from boat ramp user residents in the Rodney area

Interviewers at selected boat ramps have delivered 253 more and will continue to gather responses on weekends until February 8.

Boaties can fill in the survey online at aucklandcouncil.govt .nz/haveyoursay before February 8.

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- Norwest News

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