By LUIS FELIU
TWEED Shire Council has asked users of the upgraded Dry Dock Road boat ramp and fish-cleaning facility for a little patience over the lack of water on tap.
The new upgraded facility at South Tweed Heads appears to be quite popular for fishing buffs and boaties alike but one regular user said the improvements, while good, were "on the nose".
Chris Mair, of Palm Beach, said water had not been connected to the fishcleaning table - nor was there a chute for the fish scraps and scales to be washed down into the river.
The result, according to Mr Mair, is discarded fish guts laying around the table.
He said it was creating a "disgusting smell" and a put-off for ramp users, visitors or locals walking near the area.
Council's water manager David Oxenham said technical difficulties had delayed the water connection and he expected it to be connected by next week.
Mr Oxenham apologised for any inconvenience but said it had always been proposed to connect the water.
Mr Mair said a fence surrounding the facility while it was being upgraded had recently been dismantled, which he felt indicated the works had been completed.
The water tap, according to Mr Oxenham, would allow fishers who cleaned and scaled their fish on the table to hook up a hose to wash down the table and fish and was not supposed to be used for general washdown of private boats or equipment.
Mr Mair said boat ramps at Fingal Head and Kennedy Drive had fishcleaning facilities complete with water connection and an effluent chute.
"The upgrade is great, they've done a great job but it's not connected to water and without a chute the fish scraps just slide down onto the ground beside the table to rot," he said.