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Bellambi’s fish tables to get an upgrade

The fish cleaning tables at Bellambi boat ramp

THE fish won’t be thankful, but passionate anglers will welcome the news that Wollongong City Council is undertaking maintenance at Bellambi’s popular fish cleaning tables.

The Council will phase the works across the five tables so that at least two tables remain available for use during the upgrade.

Each table will be cleaned using fresh water and a high-pressure hose, with the concrete ground, smoothed and sealed.

The work will start on Monday September 6 and are expected to be wrapped up by Tuesday September 7 – weather permitting.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the wear and tear on the tables means an upgrade was necessary.

“We are in a particularly challenging time thanks to COVID, but our staff are continuing to undertake works to ensure the upkeep the range of amenities, facilities and assets across our city – this includes the popular Bellambi boat ramp fishing tables,” he said.

Undertaking maintenance on the tables is an example of keeping up with demand as safely as possible in these challenging times. It also ensures they’re available, safe and an enjoyable experience for our community members.

“While we should all be doing the right thing at this time in terms of COVID-safe behaviours, we’re asking those using the tables at this time, to make sure they do their part and follow Public Health Orders.

“In addition to wearing a mask, carrying and using hand sanitiser, staying socially distant and getting tested and staying home if you’re feeling unwell, we’re also asking people to be mindful that, if it’s busy, it might take a little extra time to get a table.

“We thank everyone for their patience as we give these popular tables a new lease of life.’’

Do you use the fish cleaning tables at Bellambi boat ramp? What’s your thoughts on the upgrade? Scroll down to the comments section


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One thought on “Bellambi’s fish tables to get an upgrade

  1. It is grate to see that Mr Bradbery is doing such a grate job not .
    There are members of the public who use this ramp regulary and held face to face meetings with Mr Bradbery some four years back to have work down to the cleaning tables to the exstent of asking to have weather hutches placed over these tables to prevent having to clean fish on hot concrete and bird dropings .Back then the council lead by Mr Bradbery agreed to have this done but again did not action . Good to see he is keeping up with demand for safety.
    We have a public facility that is some 40 years old with major issues with a break wall that was never contstructed right from day one ,amenities insufficient being one pan each in female and males toilets .
    Mesh on boat launching area when damaged not repaired just holes cut in it with Sharp edges left for people to cut there feet on when launching the boats again keeping up with safety .
    The council in there wisdom propose to replace the ammenities with 2 new toilets one pan in each .Grate again keeping up with health and safety give that on many occasions there are up to 50 boats using this aging facility at one time which is a avarage of 100 people plus general public like dog walkers using 2 pans .
    There is a massive build up of sand on the launch ramp which greats it own safety problems when trying to launch and retrieve boats on low tides the four alleys for this are reduced to one .
    This age ageing facilities where grate 40 years back when boats where smaller ,cars where small and not as many people would use the area for recreational fishing as in these days given these facility’s are the last betwen Wollonong to Botany .
    I am sure if these issues where happening around Berkley fore shore this would be rectified asap.
    Again I am very delited to see Mr Bradbery careing about health and safety of the community as he puts it .
    Mr Bradbery why don’t you fix this area properly instead of just putting bandaids on everything like you say you will In light of health and safety to the community as at the moment it is a desgrace at this very buisy puplic facility and people will and have been hurt with what exsistes there now .

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    Posted by Richard Whitty | September 4, 2021, 2:34 am

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