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Sugar Loaf

The following was isued at 4.46pm today. 

The Sugar Loaf Boat Ramp near Coromandel Town is closed

All of the Sugar Loaf boat ramp is now completely closed.

A large section of the concrete ramp collapsed from the weight of a truck when Council contractors and staff were repairing a broken concrete section at the end of the ramp.

Council staff have reassessed the ramp today, after initially leaving half of the ramp open to the public, but upon further inspection have closed the entire facility deeming it unsafe.

There is no timeline available in terms of when repairs can occur or when the facility can reopen.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause to barge and recreational fishermen.

The wharf remains operational.

It appears quite serious and the ramp may wll be out of action for weeks rather than days. This will put additional pressure on the Waikawau Ramp. I will endeavour to obtain additional information later.

The barge owners should be ale to survive a short term closure, but anything longer will cause major inconvenience. 



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Reader Comments (1)

Sources within council tell me that this was no act of god but rather a deliberate act of damage.
The structure at the wharf was de stabilised by a large amount of a substance that appears suspicously like OLIVE OIL. The oil caused the wharf to slide in to the sea.
A trail of this substance was found leading from the wharf in the direction of Thames.
There appears to be only one person in the Thames District with sufficient quantities of the oil to have achieved the destruction and if the Coromandel Community Boards suspicions are found to be correct this could be an attempt by Thames to finally steal the mussel industry fron Coromandel.
The trail could lead to the very heights of the Thames Community Board.
Talk is already rife in the Coromandel of a retalitory strike back at Thames industry but the choice was hard as most of the leading industry in that town has packed thier bags and departed for greener more friendly councils.
After much debate the Coromandel Community Board have I believe set thier sights on one of the few remaining businesses of any note in Thames being the Two Dollar Shop
Be warned

John Morrissey

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Morrissey

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