Boaters and anglers on the Bellarine can look forward to a better boat ramp at Point Richards as plans to upgrade the facility begin.
Point Richards is one of six ramps the Victorian Government will upgrade in Port Phillip and Western Port.
Specialist coastal and environmental consultancy Water Technology has been commissioned to undertake a coastal processes study that will inform a design to improve the facility.
Water Technology has conducted similar projects within Port Phillip, and the study at Point Richards will be the first step towards minimising the impacts of seaweed and sand build up that currently affect the ramp.
The study will be completed by the end of the year and will be used to develop concept designs for a better facility that will reduce the number of closures at the ramp.
Thompson Berrill Landscape Design has been appointed to investigate options and prepare a concept design for more boat-trailer parking at the ramp.
Boaters and fishers will have an opportunity to have their say about the Point Richards boat ramp upgrade and give feedback to the concept design options that will be presented to the public later in the year.
This upgrade is part of the Government’s $47.2 million work to remove fees at all public boat ramps, upgrade six priority boats ramps and review boating infrastructure management arrangements in Port Phillip and Western Port.
Better Boating Victoria will work closely with Bellarine and Bayside Committee of Management and other key stakeholders during the Point Richards boat ramp upgrade.
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