A bank of six fish cleaning tables will be installed at the Crowdy Head boat harbour, to bring the facility up to the same level as other regional boating facilities in the MidCoast
The project is funded by the Department of Primary Industries Recreational Fishing Trust, and will be delivered by MidCoast Council.
Council's manager of Community Spaces and Trades, Dan Aldridge, explained the $20,000 funding allocation would see the new facilities located in the vicinity of the old wharf near the Crowdy Head Fish Co-op, opposite the boat ramp.
Mr Aldridge said the project was being undertaken as a result of community feedback that fish cleaning tables would be valued in the location and to ensure the Crowdy Head regional boat ramp had the same facilities as other regional boat ramps in the local government area.
"The Crowdy Head boat harbour is a popular location for both recreational and commercial fishers, to date fishers have had to pack up their catch and drive back to Harrington to access a fish cleaning table, which is not an ideal situation.
"There is an expectation amongst the community that when they fish at a regional boat ramp, standard facilities such as fish cleaning tables are available.
"We are pleased that through the funding from the Recreational Fishing Trust we are now able to offer those fishing from Crowdy Head the same level of service fishers receives at our other regional boat harbours, such as Forster and Tea Gardens," Mr Aldridge said.
Transport for NSW - Maritime has advised MidCoast Council the location supports their long term plan to convert the current jetty into a shorter platform and as such the location for the fish tables is supported.
Council also worked with the Local Aboriginal Land Council on the location.
In addressing concerns raised that the fish cleaning tables would attract sharks, creating a danger to swimmers, he pointed out that offal was not an issue at any fish cleaning tables in operation across the MidCoast.
"Pelicans very quickly take care of an offal as part of the natural food cycle.
"People should also remember the boat harbour is an area for recreational and commercial fishers and is not a swimming area. Anyone intending to swim in that area should do so at the nearby beaches."
Mr Aldridge said parking had been assessed and was not an issue either, given the large car park that exists opposite the boat harbour with ample room for parking of vehicles and boats.
Work on the installation of the tables is expected to take place over the next few months, with ramp users and locals notified through signage at the site when work is due to start.