Have your say on boat ramp changes

Last updated 05:00 28/01/2014
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Juliet McGhie

EASY LAUNCH: More boaties like this one at Stanmore Bay are invited to have a say by February 8 on boat ramp use

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Boaties are experiencing long waits to get in and out of the water at the region's boat ramps.

At Gulf Harbour's all-tide launching facility during peak times over the summer holidays skippers experienced waits of over 1 hours to get their boats out of the water.

Boat jams saw gridlock on the water with vessels extending out of the harbour as they waited for their turn at the busy ramp.

Similar problems occurred at other Rodney and Hibiscus Coast ramps and issues with parking saw cars and trailers all over grass reserves and berms.

The Auckland Council is looking at improvements to ease the traffic.

These may include boat ramp upgrades, new ramps, parking and signs, or improving the availability and accessibility of information regarding ramp use and location.

The council is surveying boat users as it reviews boat ramp, launching and mooring facilities at 92 sites in the Rodney and Hibiscus Coast areas. It 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.

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

A regional overview and location specific reports will be presented to seek further feedback.

Fill in the survey at aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/haveyoursay before February 8.

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