Locals and visitors will find it easier to get out on the water, thanks to the completion of two major boat ramp upgrades on the Bellarine Peninsula.
At Queenscliff, upgrade works on stage two of the project have included a new concrete ramp surface, an extra lane, the replacement of outer pontoons and installation of a central pontoon to provide more space for boats to be tied up.
Access to the pontoons have also been improved through new gangways and the main carpark has been reconfigured and resurfaced.
Overflow parking was formalised as part of stage one of the project to create 33 new car and trailer parks, as well as boat preparation spaces to reduce queueing, improvements to traffic flow and dredging around the ramp.
At Point Richards, the second stage of the project has seen a rock groyne constructed on the western side of the ramp to reduce seagrass accumulation that can restrict access at the ramp.
Stage one of the project last year saw the addition of boat preparation bays and 50 parking spaces big enough for a car and trailer through the formalisation of an overflow area.
The projects have been led by Better Boating Victoria (BBV), which is progressing the biggest ramp upgrade program in the state’s history while ensuring it’s free to launch at all public boat ramps.
Providing better boating access on the Bellarine also forms part of the Victorian Government’s $35m Go Fishing Victoria plan to get more people fishing more often. It’s also seen the end of commercial net fishing in Port Phillip Bay – leaving more than 600 tonnes of extra fish for recreational fishers to reel in, including snapper.
Both ramps are open for use, and boaters can check ramp conditions before they leave home including live webcams via the Boating Vic smartphone app or by heading to www.boating.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville
“It’s great to see the popular Queenscliff and Point Richards boat ramps now officially open – with work complete just in time for snapper season.”
“These upgrades will ensure the Bellarine Peninsula is a go-to boating destination for locals and visitors for years to come, with both ramps to provide better access and a stress-free start to a day on the water.”
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