No backing for boaties?

LETTER

It has to be said our GDC and standing councillors have forgotten or side-stepped their complete balls-up around the town’s boat ramp.

This ramp was built for boaties. The Gisborne Tatapouri Sports Fishing club shifted from Tatapouri to town, self-funding a new headquarters at Shed 3. Membership of a few patrons that camped in the paddocks changed to over 5000 members today and rising. It is a great social gathering place.

But the GDC has changed all that. Free parking for businesses and town walkers has taken over. New parking spaces are all too small for trucks and cars with trailers. What a mess.

We read in The Gisborne Herald about the councillors standing again in the October election, and what they wish to concentrate on — but nothing about the ramp.

Councillor Shannon Dowsing’s mother is a key fisher of the club. When Shannon first stood to be a councillor he promised us at the club he would sort out the parking and ramp issues.

Nothing happened.

Recently I was staggered to see “Mind Lab” attendees parking right across the mouth of the ramp slipway, so launching a boat would be impossible. What sort of abuse is that, considering the rescue boat could be called out?

Many letters have been written complaining. Legal action against Gisborne District Council has been considered — a drone was to take photos showing parking abuse, as evidence.

What about the Kaiti Yacht Club parking and launching area? At least 200 trailors with cars could be given access there. All we need is a concrete ramp over the sand and a tie-up jetty for the crew to get into the boats and yachts. Clearing the dog leg into the ocean is simple to do. Later, a reclaimed area for more log storage and parking, incorporating an outer barrier to make it an all-weather protected launching area.

Eastland Community Trust could help.

Surely this is not too much to ask. After all, the GDC destroyed our fine, exclusive ramp area in the first place.

Alain Jorion

It has to be said our GDC and standing councillors have forgotten or side-stepped their complete balls-up around the town’s boat ramp.

This ramp was built for boaties. The Gisborne Tatapouri Sports Fishing club shifted from Tatapouri to town, self-funding a new headquarters at Shed 3. Membership of a few patrons that camped in the paddocks changed to over 5000 members today and rising. It is a great social gathering place.

But the GDC has changed all that. Free parking for businesses and town walkers has taken over. New parking spaces are all too small for trucks and cars with trailers. What a mess.

We read in The Gisborne Herald about the councillors standing again in the October election, and what they wish to concentrate on — but nothing about the ramp.

Councillor Shannon Dowsing’s mother is a key fisher of the club. When Shannon first stood to be a councillor he promised us at the club he would sort out the parking and ramp issues.

Nothing happened.

Recently I was staggered to see “Mind Lab” attendees parking right across the mouth of the ramp slipway, so launching a boat would be impossible. What sort of abuse is that, considering the rescue boat could be called out?

Many letters have been written complaining. Legal action against Gisborne District Council has been considered — a drone was to take photos showing parking abuse, as evidence.

What about the Kaiti Yacht Club parking and launching area? At least 200 trailors with cars could be given access there. All we need is a concrete ramp over the sand and a tie-up jetty for the crew to get into the boats and yachts. Clearing the dog leg into the ocean is simple to do. Later, a reclaimed area for more log storage and parking, incorporating an outer barrier to make it an all-weather protected launching area.

Eastland Community Trust could help.

Surely this is not too much to ask. After all, the GDC destroyed our fine, exclusive ramp area in the first place.

Alain Jorion

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Mike Beale - 3 months ago
Kaiti Beach boat ramp is the only solution. Alain, you're not just a pretty face when it comes to talking common sense. A protected concrete boat ramp at Kaiti Beach would solve the boating public of Gisborne's problems once and for all. We all know the present boat ramp was built in the wrong place. It doesn't take a boffin with a pen in each hand to see into the future with development of the inner harbour for cruise ships and businesses that something has to go. With the condition of the pontoon, which by the way if OSH had a look at it it would be classed as a health hazard, one can see that the GDC won't bring it up to scratch because they want us boaties to just give up and shut up. I can remember the Mayor Meng Foon saying at one of the prizegivings at the Tatapuri fishing club a few long years ago that he was going to spend up large on the ramp etc. Oops, that didn't happen. That's right, I forgot that was election year. GDC, you stuffed up on this ramp - build one at Kaiti Beach and put it right. PS, please don't take too long to think about it - election time is coming.

peter millar - 3 months ago
Boat ramp to close? Alain Jorian advises us last week that the small boat slipway should be relocated . . . one wonders, why? Expenditure in this location seems endless, with the exception of the public ramp's wallowing floating pontoon that still remains derelict. The "obvious" historic trailer parking spot from inception at the top of the ramp has been taken, by means still yet to be fully justified. Then cruise ship patrons have their own allocated three-metre wide walk space granted, at the further expense of safe vehicle and trailer manoeuvring. The new "dedicated trailer parks" are narrower and shorter than those previous, relocated and halved as was first published from 22 to 11, yet . . . they are all also cunningly counted as 46 "parking spaces" to make those numbers look good on paper in the bigger picture. The goal was to make this look like Auckland's Viaduct Harbour and the power-point presentations to council had the viaduct as the opening slides.....
And, by chance, the Viaduct has no public ramp!
We get told it is about pedestrian safety etc etc, as is the Viaduct, but . . . the inner harbour is a "small boat harbour" with a public ramp, necessitating cars and trailers, and a small marina necessitating associated car parking. Pier 1 lacks even a loading zone! All berth holders' parking at Lone Star... gone.
So, using the Viaduct Harbour as a model is seriously flawed.
We still wait on the hearings so the District Plan "Inner Harbour Car Parking" can be met, known about since inception, but only reported some 18 months ago!
Based on this . . . Just what is the long-term plan here? Keep joining the dots with this trend and it seems the next to go might even be the ramp itself? Perhaps the reason the partially-submerged pontoon has seen no replacement? The reason the one for the other side of the ramp never happened? Why throw money away on that if it was earmarked for closure? Would be a prime spot for a new building Site for tourism or similar development to mimic the Viaduct?

Peter Millar

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