For the residents of Townsville, a small, coastal town near Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the process of taking their boat out for a day on the water was filled with frustration.
Long waits and lack of parking, combined with the stress often associated with launching and retrieving a boat (especially by individuals newer to trailered boating), was creating frequent outbreaks of ramp rage at the city’s boat launch parks.
Marina design-build construction company Bellingham Marine, based in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, was recruited to improve the situation.
Townsville, located in North Queensland, is heavily steeped in a culture of boating. The town has a population of 171,000 residents, and nearly 26,000 of them have a boat under 25 feet. With only 11 existing boat ramps to service boaters, the city was unable to handle the number of boaters who wanted to get on the water each day.
A vacant industrial property on Ross River provided the perfect location for a new boat park with ample room for parking and enough waterfront for the construction of four boat ramps, each with four lanes, and two public fishing pontoons.