Fisho joy at boat ramp heaven

Published online: Nov 21, 2011 News Nigel Adlam - www.ntnews.com.au
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RECREATIONAL anglers are celebrating after the completion of a multimillion-dollar program to make their lives a lot easier.

The last job was the building of a new boat ramp at Hardies Billabong on the Mary River.

Amateur Fishermen's Association president Warren de With said Chief Minister Paul Henderson had kept his promise by carrying out a massive program of upgrading old ramps, and building new ones.

He said the NT Government committed an additional $1 million a year for four years for the work program.

"The major work has been delivered," Mr de With said.

The program had led to improvements "right across the NT".

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"For example the many people who enter the Mangroves around buffalo creek to access other areas of the creek for fishing this would be a good start as well as the racecourse creek and other areas around darwin that are used by fisherman and families. This doesn't mean that they have to be used by fisherman alone as they also give access to bird watchers and the likes to areas otherwise in accessible to many people. This will stop people from destroying mangroves i would be glad to help in any way"
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Toilets have been provided at Corroboree Billabong as well as Adelaide River.

"These are a great relief to the many regular users of the two ramps," Mr de With said.

Ramps have been upgraded at King Ash Bay, Corroboree, Timber Creek, Leaders Creek, Saltwater Arm, Buffalo Creek, Southport, McKenzie Arm, Port Roper, Middle Arm and Milne Inlet.

Parking and ramp access has been extended and improved at Corroboree Billabong, Adelaide River, Saltwater Arm, Gove Yacht Club, Gove Mud Wharf, Milne Inlet and Middle Arm.

Mr de With said the NT Government had also completed the floating pontoon at Dinah Beach, a $4.5 million ramp at East Arm, a $4 million upgrade of the Palmerston Boat Ramp and installed a landing pontoon and land-based fishing jetty.

The access road to Corroboree has been upgraded, with much of the road being sealed.

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