26 Jul In Memoriam: Gladstone Area Water Board Dedicates New Boat Ramp to Beloved Local Fisherman
Local anglers should gather their fishing rods, fuel up their tinnes and prepare for launch following the official opening of Gladstone Area Water Board’s (GAWB) new Trevor Burgess Boat Ramp at Boynedale Bush Camp.
GAWB Chief Executive Officer, Darren Barlow, was joined by members of the Burgess family and Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing, Minister for Water and Member for Gladstone, Glenn Butcher, to open the new facility.
“Trevor dedicated himself to the promotion of Lake Awoonga fishing, regularly participating in our annual Lake Awoonga fish restocking program, hosting fishing information nights, and even creating the Awoonga Alliance Facebook group, where he willingly shared his knowledge far and wide,” said Mr Barlow.
“I couldn’t think of a more special tribute than naming it the Trevor Burgess Boat Ramp and we encourage the Gladstone community and visitors from far and wide to come and try their hand at catching an Awoonga Barramundi in his honour.”
The delivery of the Trevor Burgess Boat Ramp is part of GAWB’s Lake Awoonga Recreational Strategy and Master Plan a $7 million investment into outdoor recreation projects which was developed after consultation with the community. An access track and hardstand area have also been constructed as part of the project.
As part of their commitment to recreational fishing, GWAB have released six unique ‘Pink tagged’ Barramundi into the lake, which are worth $1,000 each if caught.
“The development and construction of the Trevor Burgess Boat Ramp represents a $1.07 million investment in the region, so we’re delighted to see it built and ready for public use.” said Mr Butcher.
Boynedale Bush Camp is provided free to the public, offering a composting toilet, fire pits, picnic tables and shelters, and is located 45 minutes away from Gladstone Central.