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Locals upset over Nelligen jet boat plan

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John Thistleton

Owners of the Nelligen Gallery Bed and Breakfast, Frank and Beatrice Loges.

Owners of the Nelligen Gallery Bed and Breakfast, Frank and Beatrice Loges. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Overlooking the Clyde River, upstream from Batemans Bay, bed and breakfast operator Frank Loges and his guests prefer watching seals and ducks, rather than a speedboat towing skiers off the banks of Nelligen.

''So many people we talk to are driving down from Canberra or Sydney to see and experience the beauty of the Nelligen foreshore,'' Mr Loges said.

But tourist operator Jacob Castagna said the joy of his twin jet boat will overwhelm critics.

Mr Castagna has applied to Eurobodalla Shire to access the river and Corrigans Beach seven days a week from an hour after sunrise until an hour before sunset.

If his application is successful, the boat will pull water skiers, banana boats, tubes, kneeboards and other similar equipment, or tour the river.

Eurobodalla Shire has recommended granting Mr Castagna's one-year licence, saying the jet boat will be an attraction and activity for local residents as well as tourists.

But Mr Loges and his wife Beatrice said the river was already overcrowded during holidays. ''[There are] jet skiers speeding up and down the river, zigzagging around the houseboats, speedboats speeding up and down or going in circles, paddle boats, kayaks, water skiers running crosswise, falling down into the water somewhere unexpected, [and] people swimming,'' Mr Loges said.

The Loges said Nelligen's small foreshore was becoming cramped with all the concrete boat ramps and car parking spaces.

Nelligen resident Sharyn Saville questioned the timing of Eurobodalla Shire's notice of the proposal, which was pasted on the riverfront just before Christmas during a recent upgrade of the foreshore, notifying the public that objections needed to be lodged by January 16.

''If residents don't walk down to the river, they miss being notified of a situation which has the potential to greatly impact their wellbeing,'' Ms Saville said.

Improvements for extra traffic had not stopped visitors and their trailers overflowing into surrounding streets and parks, she said.

''Where will the increased traffic park once a facility of this nature is allowed to operate?''

Ms Saville said the council was vocal about Nelligen's heritage but did not object to an activity that could ruin the essence of the village.

The Loges said noise and air pollution would spoil the river and oil spills would threaten the Clyde River's famous oysters.

''We think the picture Nelligen foreshore will turn into will be more … a circus than a place for tourists to enjoy the river.''

12 comments

  • Market forces will rule here. The Shire will give the yobs their jet skis, more yobs will come, sensitive folk will move on and go elsewhere and the South Coast will move inexorably toward the great Southern Surfers Paradise. Next thing you know the Shire will be approving canals and million dollar cocaine dealer's houses.

    Commenter
    bobsta
    Date and time
    January 18, 2013, 9:14AM
    • This is exactly what's wrong with people like you, you start your argument by branding anyone who owns a jetski a "yob". Back to the finger painting I think bobsta, the adults need to discuss this.

      Commenter
      WotTha?????
      Date and time
      January 18, 2013, 9:48AM
    • bobsta, whats wrong with jetskis?
      I'll bet your life is SOOOOOO exciting.

      Commenter
      Lukesington
      Date and time
      January 18, 2013, 11:25AM
    • ... and here we see an example of the kinds of people who like being noisy, and seem to take extra enjoyment from it if they know it is upsetting others.

      Rather than state their case, they also feel it necessary to insult the person with whom they disagree.

      Commenter
      ant
      Location
      Rural NSW
      Date and time
      January 18, 2013, 12:29PM
    • Wait til those pesky jetskiers get their hands on those new fangled jet blaster packs from europe that connect the jetski water thrust to hand and feet nozzles the wearer uses to blast themselves 20 meters into the air above the water...I will be travelling past at the same height as the verandah in my flouro mankini...now that will generate some complaints.

      Commenter
      dusty
      Date and time
      January 18, 2013, 2:25PM
  • @bobsta... The article doesn't actually talk of a large number of jetski's.. it is talking about jet boats. In fact its talking about one man opening a business with one jet boat..

    I would also like to know how you came to your conclusion that people who own jetski's are involved in drug houses? Im pretty sure I bought my jetski with the hard earned money I get for working long hours in my job? (which does not involve selling drugs believe it or not)
    Next time im down the coast Ill wave at you as you sit in your cocoon on the shore complaining constantly... while im out with the dolphins enjoying the water... ON MY JETSKI!

    Commenter
    ME....
    Date and time
    January 18, 2013, 9:50AM
    • Ok fair cop. That was a long bow to draw. But I was using a bit of poetic licence to try and illustrate the fact that wherever you go on the water these days there's some idiot on a jet ski ripping up the water and making it really hard for people who appreciate the quieter things in life...like the folk from the B and B featured in the paper. You go anywhere in the mountains outside of Canberra these days and within the hour there'll be half a dozen yobs on trail bikes...not casually riding through the bush on a quiet machine but ripping the crap out of the bush and of anyone who's out there to enjoy the silence. The SOuth Coast still has remnants of the sleepy, boozy days of the 1950s and 60s when it was a 'sanctuary' to escape to ....even though you could still woop it up at a good party. Don't mistake my motives as wowserism either. I want marihuana and porn legalised..people should be able to gamble without some bastard politician telling them how much they can lose and i want to see more swingers clubs! I just also happen to like the peace and quietness of the Nelligen River and the local bushland. And you gotta be joking if you think dolphins like jet skis!

      Commenter
      bobsta
      Date and time
      January 18, 2013, 1:40PM
  • @bobsta, I couldn't agree more. Summed up to perfection, however, you forgot the words inconsiderate, noisy, bully, terrible, cheap, cowboys, polluting, stink boats, crazy, amateur stunt boys, which are commonly used in sentences containing "jet ski".

    Commenter
    bobsta is right
    Location
    Peaceful
    Date and time
    January 18, 2013, 12:02PM
    • @bobsta is right
      You can also go live in your cocoon and keep your stereotypical thoughts to yourself.. As for amateur stunt boys, I have a vagina.. I’m no stunt boy! Yep that's right, I wear dresses and high heels to work, get my hair done, have a nice car, own a home and have a job . Get your facts straight before you pop all people who own jet ski's into a category...

      I prefer to be out with people on the water who have licenses and know the rules rather than your everyday Canberran who hires a boat and has absolutely no common sense when it comes to being on the water.

      Commenter
      ME....
      Date and time
      January 18, 2013, 2:43PM
  • More impacts of the Rise of the Cashed-Up Bogan. People who need noisy engines to have fun, and seek out every quiet, tranquil, beautiful place to fire up the loudest engines they can lay their hands on.

    One wealthy Bogan with a noisy toy can ruin the enjoyment of hundreds of people. And they're very quick to point out their "rights" to do so. Where did his foul tribe come from? And when will our leaders realise that they're still a minority, just a very bellligerent minority.

    Commenter
    ant
    Location
    Rural NSW
    Date and time
    January 18, 2013, 12:28PM

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