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Weir project stalls ramp

Friday, 28th December, 2018

By Myles Burt

A new boat ramp for Wilcannia has been postponed due to uncertainty over the location of the town’s new $30 million weir. 

The Central Darling Shire Council was offered a government grant to build boating ramps at Tilpa and Wilcannia. 

Roads and Maritime Services would cover 75 per cent of the cost and the shire council 25 per cent. The total contribution was $72,000 for Tilpa and $85,000 for Wilcannia.

The boat ramp has been built at Tilpa but the council does not yet know where Wilcannia’s weir will be built so it cannot go ahead with the boat ramp.

The NSW Government recently announced that the weir could be built five kilometres downstream of the old one and this proposal will be put to locals at a series of meetings next month.

Council had wanted to incorporate the new boat ramp into the weir along with a park and public car parking.

The weir is scheduled to be completed in May. 

The Central Darling Shire said it now had “no confidence” that a new boat ramp could be built in Wilcannia next year due to risks of exceeding its budget.

It said this would have little impact because people launched their boats off Steamers Point. 

Council’s current recommendation was to decline the boat ramp funding offer for Wilcannia.

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