Heading out on the water at Lakes Entrance will soon be easier and safer with works to begin on a project to upgrade boating facilities on the Gippsland Lakes’ North Arm.
The works are funded through the Australian Government’s Recreational Fishing and Camping Facilities $3.47 million grants program and the Victorian Government’s $47.2 million investment to improve recreational boating across the state.
It will also receive significant funding from the East Gippsland Shire, which will manage the works.
Federal Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Jonathon Duniam and Victorian Minister for Fishing and Boating Melissa Horne said the $677,000 upgrade will benefit boaters and fishers using the ramp to access the Gippsland Lakes as well as the ocean via Bass Strait.
North Arm boating facilities are split across two sites, with boosted safety and capacity at the North Arm Bridge ramp thanks to the upgrade project.
A floating pontoon on the west side of the ramp and a fixed jetty on the east side will better accommodate the growing game fishing industry, with the ramp often used to access offshore fishing in Bass Strait.
The existing boat ramp and apron will also be replaced, and the fishing gantry and weigh station will be moved closer to the water on the fixed jetty.
Erosion control works will also be undertaken to protect the boating infrastructure through modifications made to the existing groyne and banks.
Works will be managed by the Shire and are expected to begin in coming months.
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