Reel Deal: Bid to improve Gerroa boat-launching safety

Dam double: Father and son team Gordon and Mitchell Jobson with a pair of fly caught carp from the recent Burrinjuck Dam convention.
Dam double: Father and son team Gordon and Mitchell Jobson with a pair of fly caught carp from the recent Burrinjuck Dam convention.

Members of the Gerringong Hotel Fishing Club would like to publicly thank the Roads and Maritime Service NSW for taking time to see first-hand the issues surrounding boat launching at Seven Mile Beach, Gerroa.

The Gerroa boat launching area is of extreme importance to the local boating community, especially during summer when the boat harbour ramp can become too dangerous to use during the strong nor-east winds.

The Gerroa facility is regularly used in this situation for safety reasons due to it being quite protected from these summer nor-east winds.

Crossing a coastal bar is difficult at the best of times and trying to navigate around swimmers and surfers can put both parties at great risk.

A spokesman from RMS said the Crooked River facility is unique as it has historic and cultural heritage attached and it certainly has its challenges with navigation of vessels through the surf zone too, as the location and navigational channel is always changing with the tides.

New signage was needed for the public in regards to this area as it is dangerous having people in this area with boats operating.

Kiama Council was subsequently contacted with the recommendation that any group involved in kids' or adults' surfing schools, should move significantly along the beach due to safety concerns for all parties involved.

Another public thanks to Kiama Council for acting on this sound advice from RMS by not allowing any surf schools to operate in this area during the summertime.

This will now help all who use this area stay safe, provided everybody obeys signage and council rules.