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Howqua Inlet (Lake Eildon)

2Getting out onto Lake Eildon will be made easier with a plans for a new boat ramp at Howqua Inlet.

Better Boating Victoria (BBV) is working with Goulburn Murray Water and Mansfield Shire Council to construct a new public boat ramp at Howqua Inlet on Lake Eildon.

There is currently no public boat ramp to access Lake Eildon between the existing boat ramps located at Goughs Bay and Jamieson, both about half an hour away.

The proposed boat ramp will offer an additional option for launching and retrieving at Lake Eildon when water levels are between 78 per cent and 100 per cent.

We recently gave boaters the chance to have their say on the plans. Consultation closed on 25 September, 2023.

For more information, including FAQs, click here.

What’s been happening?

The Victorian Recreational Boating Strategy identified the need for a formalised boat ramp for recreational boaters in the Howqua Inlet region of Lake Eildon. In 2022 Better Boating Victoria funded the delivery of the concept stage which included the identification of a suitable site and public consultation.

Working with BBV and Goulburn Murray Water, Mansfield Shire Council undertook two rounds of community engagement in 2022 and 2023 to identify the preferred site. The engagement results were presented to Councillors in April 2023 and Council endorsed the “Howqua East” proposal.

In June of 2023, BBV engaged engineering firm Partnear to progress detailed construction ready designs for the boat ramp. As part of the design process, a concept design is now ready for public consultation through an online survey.

More information, including FAQs, is available here.

What’s happening next?

With public consultation closed, BBV will review the submitted feedback and where possible incorporate changes into the final designs. BBV will then work with the engineers and other government agencies to obtain all of the appropriate approvals to facilitate future construction of the new boating facility.

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