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Cowes boat ramp

Another upgraded boat ramp is on the way for Phillip Island with design and planning commissioned to improve boating facilities at the Cowes boat ramp.

Concept designs have been commissioned for future upgrades at the ramp. You can view the plans by clicking here.

Experienced coastal engineers developed the concept designs for Cowes with advice and input from key management agencies, the Bass Coast Shire Council, and other users, including recreational boaters and anglers.

To find out more about the plans and have your say via a survey, click here.

The Cowes boat ramp upgrade is part of the government’s commitment to make boating better and improve the experience of all recreational boaters in Victorian waterways.

The Cowes boat ramp upgrade, funded by Better Boating Victoria (BBV), will be undertaken alongside ongoing works at Rhyll, to ensure boaters right across one of the Victoria’s most popular holiday destinations have better and safer facilities.

The current facility includes a single-lane ramp, jetty, about 30 car and trailer parking spaces and is managed by Bass Coast Shire Council. The existing Cowes ramp is impacted by sand accumulation, making launching and retrieving vessels difficult.

BBV has commissioned AW Maritime Pty Ltd to provide a report and functional design options for an upgrade of the boat ramp to improve its safety and functionality.

Concept designs will be progressed in consultation with key stakeholders and will then be made public for further feedback. Once a concept has been agreed upon, BBV will work with the Council to progress the next stage of planning.

Concept designs for the ramp upgrade are expected to be finalised by June 2021.

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