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Boating Infrastructure Review

Port Phillip and Western Port

The Victorian Government committed to undertaking a review of how boating facilities are managed across Port Phillip and Western Port.  The outcomes of this review will provide options to help improve how boating facilities are managed across the bays.

As part of this review, a discussion paper was released in December 2019 that identified some of the current limitations, and we sought feedback from the boating community about how recreational boating facilities can be managed better as part of a consultation.

The areas identified in the discussion paper and highlighted by stakeholders during consultation included:

  • Clarity about what is considered a boating facility
  • Variable standards of maintenance across Port Phillip & Western Port
  • The need for a plan to ensure consistency in the way recreational boating is managed across different locations
  • Gaps in funding, skills and experience for those required to manage facilities
  • Limited ways for boaters to provide feedback and get information about the way boating infrastructure is managed
  • The way other States manage boating infrastructure can provide ideas for Victoria to do things better

To read the discussion paper simply download it here. To read the consultation report, simply download it here.

Boating facility users, managers and boating industry stakeholders took part in the consultation and their feedback will help inform options that will improve how public boating infrastructure is managed in Port Phillip and Western Port.

We now plan on expanding the review beyond Port Phillip and Western Port to capture information and develop options for improving how boating infrastructure is managed across regional Victoria.

Regional Victoria

The review will be expanded beyond Port Phillip and Western Port, to ensure that options are considered to improve boating facility management in regional Victoria.

We will be interviewing a selected number of asset managers, followed by releasing a survey for all stakeholders who use or manage boating facilities in regional Victoria, to capture additional feedback. This survey is now open until 3 June 2020 and we would encourage all boating facility users and managers to take part here: getinvolved.transport.vic.gov.au/boatingreview-regional

The feedback we receive from regional Victoria will be used to inform options about how we can improve the way boating facilities are managed across the state.