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Upgrade at Rye Pier provides better access for recreational water users

The Victorian Government has delivered a significant upgrade at Rye Pier to provide better and safer access for boaters, anglers and divers.

The $500,000 upgrade includes an all abilities access ramp to allow everyone to enjoy the water.

The upgrade also provides more casual berths for recreational fishing and diving and improved berthing for larger commercial fishing charter operators through a longer, new low-landing.

The low-landing was completely rebuilt with new supporting piles and berthing fenders and new corrosion resistance fibre-reinforced mesh for the decking, ensuring it will continue to be an asset for the community for years to come.

Victoria has recently eased boating and fishing restrictions to allow people to take part in outdoor recreation, with physical distancing and social gathering guidelines, to look after their health and well-being.

Contractors have been following advice from the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure they could safely complete the important works during the outbreak while protecting workers and the community.

Additional measures are being put in place on work sites across Victoria to protect staff, including increased hygiene requirements, physical distancing protocols and staggered workforce arrangements.

The projected was funded through the Better Recreational Facilities Initiative and delivers on the government’s commitment to install new casual berths around the Port Phillip.

It comes as the Victorian Government gets on with the job of upgrading ramps at six priority locations across Port Phillip and Western Port and reviewing how to improve the way boating facilities are managed and maintained across the bays.

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