NOT HAPPY: Coomealla Angling Club treasurer Roger Morrison has tried everything he can think of to get some action to clean up the Dareton boat ramp, to no avail.
By PAUL MENSCH
FOR many years Coomealla Angling Club has been releasing thousands of baby Perch and Murray Cod, known as fingerlings, into the river system at the Dareton boat ramp.
Released annually, the fingerlings help keep fish stocks in the Murray River at sustainable levels, and the club plan to release thousands of Perch fingerlings in the coming weeks.
However, Club treasurer, Roger Morrison, says that this plan has hit a bit of a snag.
“The Wentworth Shire council has spent a lot of time, money and resources over the past few years beautifying this area with garden beds, new house boat moorings, extra parking and a rotunda,” he said. “The boat ramp itself is starting to become overgrown with reeds that are now partially blocking entry into the water.”
Roger approached the Wentworth Shire Council with the aim to get the reeds removed before they become so overgrown that the boat ramp becomes unusable.
“I have been trying to get this sorted for a while now and I keep getting told ‘not our responsibility, try these people’ and round and round I go,” Roger said.
“The Shire said ‘Try Landcare’ and Landcare said ‘Try the Council’ – nobody wants to take responsibility it seems.
“I’ve been to Council, Water Watch, Fisheries and Landcare, and nobody is willing to help or take responsibility.
“I even offered to get rid of them myself, but was told that I can’t touch anything in the river.”
Roger said Landcare was the last organisation he spoke because they were responsible for clearing the river banks from Wentworth to Curlwaa.
“They refused to help in any way, saying it was Council’s responsibility,” he said.
“I have come to a dead end which is why I have decided to speak to the Mildura Weekly to see if we cant get some action happening.”
Mildura Weekly spoke to the Wentworth Shire Council about the issue, but was told by a spokesman that there was nothing Council could do.
The spokesman went on to say that the organisation that handled these issues is NSW Roads and Maritime, based in Dareton, but could not offer a contact telephone number.
The only phone number listed for this organisation is an ‘automatic options’ recording to pay bills.
If anyone has any information that may help Roger, and the Dareton Angling Club, please contact the ‘Weekly.