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Hastings boat ramp open for summer

Hastings boat ramp will be better for boaters and fishers this summer with the completion of the first stage a $1.6 million Victorian Government upgrade.

The ramp was re-opened on Friday 20 November and the upgraded four lane facility extends deeper into the bay than the previous structure.

In addition, the existing pontoon adjacent to the ramp has been widened to improve the functionality and allow direct access for launching and retrieving of boats.

The works were delivered by the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, with crews working to a COVIDSafe plan. After some initial challenges with construction, crews have worked overtime to get the boat ramp ready ahead of summer.

Access at the boat ramp will be improved further when stage 2 dredging works at the site are done in mid-2021. Currently during lower than average low tides, due care must be taken as the channel between the ramp and the main channel can be very shallow. Those stage 2 works will be timed to be done outside peak season, to reduce the impact on people using the ramp.

Popular with boaters and fishers, Hastings boat ramp is one of the busiest on the Mornington Peninsula and is also used by commercial and emergency service boats.

The upgrade is part of the Victorian Government’s $47.2 million investment in recreational boating improvements that also includes upgrades at five other priority locations, reviewing boating infrastructure management arrangements across Port Phillip and Western Port, and establishing the Better Boating Fund.

This project is being delivered by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council with funding from Better Boating Victoria. For more information, please visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/About-Us/Major-Projects/Hastings-Boat-Ramp-Upgrade

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