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Consultation to shape upgrades at popular Bellarine ramp

Plans to upgrade St Leonards boat ramp on the Bellarine Peninsula have been released for public feedback.

Better Boating Victoria Director Katherine Grech said boaters and the local community will have the chance to provide feedback on the plans online until January 13, 2023 and in person via a drop in event at the ramp on Thursday, December 15, 2022.

“We’re looking forward to meeting with boaters and local residents to discuss the upgrade plans and how they’ll make getting out on the water easier,” she said.

“The St Leonards ramp was identified as a priority for improvement by boaters through the Victorian Recreational Boating Strategy and we’re progressing these plans as part of the state’s biggest ever boat ramp construction program.

“Earlier this year we heard from more than 475 boaters and community members to help inform the plans. A survey showed wind and waves were the main issues boaters face when launching or retrieving at the four-lane facility.

“The concept plan proposes upgrading the existing central jetty with a new structure featuring wave screens and fenders to provide additional protection from wind and wave action. The existing jetty head will be extended to also feature wave screens.

“A new seasonal overflow boat and trailer car park is proposed for the foreshore immediately adjacent to the boat ramp, complementing formal parking and an existing overflow area on the other side of Bluff Road.

“The additional overflow area will feature an alternate entrance and a space for boaters to queue off the main road, boosting safety for other motorists.”

Ms Grech said St Leonards was a much-loved launching spot for local boaters as well as families who flock to the Bellarine each year during holiday periods.

“St Leonards provides access to some great boating, whether you’re heading for a cruise along the Bellarine or fishing for whiting, calamari, snapper or catching fresh bait in preparation for an offshore trip,” she said.

The drop-in consultation session will be held at St Leonards boat ramp from 4pm to 7pm on 15 December, 2022.

Boaters and community members can also have their say online until January 13, 2023 via www.betterboating.vic.gov.au/consultation

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