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Recreational Boating Strategy drop-in sessions under way

We know boaters want better facilities and access, less congestion, better facility management, and transparency of funding used for facilities.

That’s why we are developing a Victorian Recreational Boating Strategy that will address long-standing issues in this sector and underpin prioritisation of future boating investment.

As a first step, we ran an online consultation between 29 January and 20 February to understand what boaters believe are the boating priorities across Victoria.

The priorities were formalised into eight District Plans that we will be consulting on. Click here to view the plans (available from Wednesday 21 April).

We’re now running a series of face-to-face drop-in events across regional Victoria in April and May to test the priorities identified in each region.

For those who can’t attend an in-person session, there will be an online survey to capture any feedback. The online survey will be available via Engage Vic.

The confirmed drop in sessions will be held as below. Further sessions may be added:

South West: Wednesday 21 April, 4pm, The Lighthouse Foyer, 185 Timor Street, Warrnambool

Port Phillip & Western Port: Hastings Saturday 24 April, 10-12 noon at Western Port Angling Club, Marine Parade, Hastings

Port Phillip & Western Port: Patterson River Saturday 24 April, 10-12 noon at Patterson River Boat Ramp, Launching Way, Carrum

Port Phillip & Western Port: Leopold – Saturday 24 April, 10-12 noon at Leopold Angling and Aquatic Club, 711-729 Portarlington Road Leopold

South and Central Gippsland: Friday 30 April, 3pm – 5pm at Port of Sale, 70 Foster Street, Sale

East Gippsland: Saturday 1 May, 4pm – 6pm at North Arm Apex Park boat ramp, Lakes Entrance

Goulburn Broken: Wednesday 5 May, 4pm – 6pm Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre 66 Loddings Ln, Nagambie

North East: Thursday 6 May 4pm – 6pm at Lake Hume Angling Club, Kinross Woolshed, 5 Kinross Court, Thurgoona


The results of the drop-in sessions and associated survey will be used to develop a draft Victorian Recreational Boating Strategy.

We will then release and seek public feedback on the draft Victorian Recreational Boating Strategy in June and use the results from this online consultation to refine the draft strategy before releasing the first ever Victorian Recreational Boating Strategy when the Better Boating Fund commences in July 2021.

For all the details, head to the Engage Victoria website.

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