New non-powered watercraft ramp

Launchpad: Providing improved access with a dedicated small craft launching ramp in a unique public foreshore location where a traditional boat ramp access is not feasible.Picture John Veage
Launchpad: Providing improved access with a dedicated small craft launching ramp in a unique public foreshore location where a traditional boat ramp access is not feasible.Picture John Veage

Local paddlers can now enjoy improved access to some of the Sutherland Shire's most spectacular waterways with the recent opening of a new small craft launch facility providing safe access for kayaker's, paddleboarders and rowers looking to exercise on the Port Hacking.

The new facility at Lugano Avenue at Burraneer includes a new launching ramp to provide better access to the water and improved safety for users of small craft and Sutherland Shire Council Mayor Carmelo Pesce said the facility would provide local paddlers with greater opportunity .

"By providing a launch point for non-powered watercraft, we are giving better access for local residents to take to the water and enjoy our stunning surrounds," Cr Pesce said.

"This is a fantastic facility which will make a real difference in ensuring activities like kayaking and canoeing are both safe and accessible for all those who enjoy grabbing a paddle and hitting the water."

While ongoing Federal and State Government restrictions apply for those venturing out to exercise, Cr Pesce said activities like kayaking, rowing or stand-up paddle boarding were a fantastic way to be active while adhering to social distancing measures.

Paddlers commented on its practicability saying it beats stumbling across barnacle covered rocks at high tide.

The new launch facility was jointly funded by Sutherland Shire Council and the NSW Government's Boating Now program which provides boaters with better and safer access to NSW waterways with upgrades and new infrastructure such as boat ramps, jetties and pontoons.

Member for Cronulla Mark Speakman said the new facility was a great example of how NSW Government investment was helping to improve public access to recreational areas.

"The small craft launching facilities are a new initiative for Sutherland Shire Council to provide improved access by building dedicated small craft launching ramps in unique public foreshore locations where traditional boat ramp access is not feasible," Mr Speakman said.