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Cape Conran

Better Boating Victoria has been working together with local boaters, Parks Victoria and Traditional Owners to progress permits, approvals and detailed designs for the future upgrade of the Cape Conran Boat Ramp.

Cape Conran Boat Ramp is located within the Cape Conran Coastal Park, 15 kilometres east of Marlo. The natural significance of Cape Conran Coastal Park and access to offshore fishing makes it a popular regional destination for boaters and angers. The immediate area surrounding the facility is of significant environmental and aboriginal cultural heritage importance.

In 2021, we engaged marine and civil engineers, FSC Range, to prepare concept designs for the boat ramp upgrade.

The final design has been developed with advice and input key stakeholders including local recreational fishers, abalone divers the coast guard and management authorities and the necessary approvals have been obtained. The upgrade will include incremental improvements to the existing boat ramp whilst remaining on the existing footprint to limit impact to surrounding aboriginal cultural heritage.

Click the following link to view a summary of the feedback: Survey Report Card – Cape Conran

Click here to view the detailed design.

The Parks Victoria-managed facility is a popular boating and fishing destination in East Gippsland which provides the only direct ocean access boat ramp between Lakes Entrance and Mallacoota, and a key access point for the Beware Reef Marine Sanctuary.

Key features of the upgrade include

  • Increasing jetty by 21m to provide additional berthing space
  • Steepening the gradient of the ramp to bring it in-line with current standards and reduce build up of sand and kelp
  • Marking of ‘prop rock’ to improve navigation and safety
  • Construction of a new concreate apron
  • Installation of convex mirrors and winch
  • Construction of retaining wall to protect vehicles and Aboriginal cultural heritage from collision

The project will now be progressed with a view to commence construction in 2022 following a competitive tender process, managed by Parks Victoria.

BBV will be providing funding as part of the Victorian Government’s investment into recreational boating, collaborating with Parks Victoria who will be project managing the project delivery.

The Victorian Government has made all boat ramps in Victoria free for people across the state to enjoy and Better Boating Victoria are currently progressing the biggest boat ramp infrastructure construction program in Victoria’s history with a dedicated new Better Boating Fund.

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