Published on : Tuesday, December 19, 2017
The constraint on the boats entering and leaving the creek makes the entry and exit of the tour and charter operators tough, repelling tourists who wait for better services.
Dan Cremer, owner of Reef Fish and Dive 1770, explains that the effect on his operating times is costing him clients.
To quote Dan, “there’ll be times that I won’t be able to take the customers out until mid-morning, and that’s impacting their day, my day, and potentially I won’t even get bookings because of the shorter day. Up to a week during the monthly cycle of the tides, there’ll be periods where you have to come in early or you’ll get stuck out there, and times you have to go out late because you can’t get out. Tourists come up here and spend their dollars, and if they can’t get out when they want to get out, they leave the area thinking if it’s really worth going back there.”
“This area just relies so heavily on that tourism, we wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for it.” Tony Lunn, who takes care of Agnes Water/1770 Bait and Tackle, approved the statements.
He stated that visitors were writing on Facebook explaining that they wouldn’t come back to the area because of low access issues with the creek.
“It’s restricting the amount of people coming into town,” he said.
“A lot of people with the bigger boats are being restricted to the point where if the tide isn’t co-ordinated, they basically can’t go fishing.”
“If the tide’s not right they can’t leave at 6 o’clock in the morning, and if they want to get back in at 4, they can’t.”