Violence and threats surge at boat ramp

Aiden BoyhamSound Telegraph

As summer begins to heat up, so do the tempers at Bent Street Boat Ramp in Safety Bay, with the Telegraph receiving multiple reports of antisocial behaviour at one of Rocking- ham’s most frequented boating hotspots.

The site, which drew controversy earlier this year with issues involving dredging, is now in the midst of more drama after several users reported a surge in instances of verbal abuse and violence.

One Waikiki fisherman who spoke to the Telegraph anonymously said he had been threatened with violence after asking a man to park his car in a more helpful spot.

“People aren’t waiting for others to get out,” he said.

“Fights are occurring early in the morning when everyone is trying to get in and out at the same time.

“A lot of people are impatient and the boat ramp needs one or two more bays.

“It’s only a matter of time until someone is seriously hurt.”

With the crayfish season’s annual “white run” already having begun, along with the end of the demersal finfishing ban for the West Coast Bioregion coming on December 15, traffic at boat ramps across Rockingham is expected to continue to rise.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said no reports regarding antisocial behaviour at Bent Street had been lodged with the City.

However he did confirm the City had increased its regular Smartwatch patrols around boat ramps.

“The City’s Smartwatch Community Safety Patrol has received one request for attendance at the Port Kennedy Boat Ramp on October 30, 2017, for antisocial behaviour,” he said.

“If people witness antisocial or violent behaviour they should contact the police on 131 444 to request assistance or attendance.

“If there is an immediate threat where life or serious injury is at risk, call triple-0 for urgent police assistance.”

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