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Council to provide upgraded Callala Bay boat storage facilities

Shoalhaven City Council is undertaking a cleanup of the stored boats along Callala Bay boat ramp, reserve and beach.

The increasing number of private dinghies being stored throughout the area has begun to interrupt routine maintenance activity as well as general beach and reserve usage.

Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Paul Green said Council’s Foreshore Policy recognises the character the stored boats provide the area saying contractors had been engaged to install new timber rail storage areas to help clean the foreshore.

“Council is not looking to remove the dinghies from Callala Bay however the improved storage areas will provide easier access for residents looking to patronise both the beach and adjoining reserves,” said Clr Green.

“Private contractors have already been engaged to construct storage areas at a number of locations along the foreshore including the boat ramp car park and toilet block as well as areas throughout both Sheaffe Street and Mitchell Road.

“These storage areas will be placed as near as possible to existing storage areas to minimise the effect on boat owners.”

“Council will be undertaking further community engagement regarding the storage areas adjacent to the boat ramp car park before reviewing their specific locations.”

Councillor Green said some of the boats being stored in the affected areas have not been used in a long time saying these dinghies should be either stored elsewhere or removed from the area.

“Council is currently writing to local residents and boat owners as part of the requirements of the Impounding Act,” said Clr Green.

“Unclaimed boats, those remaining on the old storage areas after a four week period, will be removed and held at the Callalla Bay Waste Transfer Station for three months.

“Unclaimed boats will then be either sold or sent to landfill after a three month period if they are found to be unsound.”

Following the end of the notification period on September 30, the old storage areas will be upgraded to improve presentation and maintenance efficiency.

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