Boat ramp’s future hinges on study findings & funds

Alexander ScottPilbara News
Tantabiddi Boat Ramp.
Camera IconTantabiddi Boat Ramp. Credit: West Regional/Branwen SmithPicture: West Regional

A study into the social and economic benefits of a popular boat ramp in Exmouth has been commissioned in the latest efforts to understand how the site helps the local community.

The Shire of Exmouth awarded the study of the Tantabiddi boat ramp to Synergies Economic Consulting as part of the Tantabiddi Taskforce.

A report by the Shire in 2015 found the ongoing average cost of the ramp’s maintenance was unsustainable for the Shire without further funding, leading to the formation of the taskforce.

The study is the latest work of the taskforce, which was created to provide direction for the future of the ramp.

Shire of Exmouth chief executive Cameron Woods said commercial and recreational boat users used the facility. “Pressure on the facility has increased dramatically in recent years as visitor numbers coming to Exmouth to enjoy the unique Ningaloo experience have grown exponentially,” he said.

“It’s important the Shire takes a lead role in ensuring the facility is developed to cater for the growing needs of the community, and the information gathered from the study will help demonstrate its importance when seeking external funding for future redevelopment.”

Mr Woods said the taskforce had committed to a timeline to undertake the studies. “A possible construction date won’t be considered until all data from the studies have been analysed, designs are developed, and community consultation has been undertaken,” he said.

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