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Limeburners Point

Better Boating Victoria together with the City of Greater Geelong, local fishers and other key management agencies have recently finalised concept plans for the future upgrade of the Limeburners Point boat launching facility.

Limeburners is one of the busiest ramps in the area, providing access to Corio Bay and western Port Phillip for a variety of recreational activities including fishing for snapper, flathead, calamari and whiting. It also provides boaters with access to the Victorian Fisheries Authority’s rocky reef modules in and around Corio Bay.

Click here to view the final concepts.

Geelong’s popular Limeburners boat ramp

The concept has been developed by  marine and civil engineers from CARDNO with advice and input from key management agencies, local government and key stakeholders including local recreational fishers.

Concept designs were commissioned in April and have been developed by coastal engineers before being progressed with local stakeholders and boaters. They were released more broadly for public feedback until September 27. Click here to view the survey results.

Residents within the City of Greater Geelong have one of the highest boat ownership rates in the state. The proposed upgrade at Limeburners Point will increase capacity and improve the functionality of the facility to address the increasing demand in the Geelong region for recreational boating facilities.

Key features of the upgrade include

  • Provision of an additional 66 car and trailer spaces, increasing capacity by almost 135%
  • Increasing the number of ramps from 3 to 5 to improve efficiency and speed of vessel launch and retrieval
  • Relocation and realignment of existing pontoons and provision for an additional floating pontoon to enable greater berthing capacity
  • Rebuilding and extending  the offshore breakwall to provide greater protection to the harbour during unfavourable wind conditions, including instillation of additional navigation aids to assist boats returning after dark.
  • Dedicated rigging and tie down space to reduce congestion in front of the ramp
  • Relocation of fish cleaning facilities to a more appropriate location on the foreshore

Recreational boaters, fishers and members of the broader community provided feedback on the concept in August this year. COVID restrictions at the time meant consultation occurred predominantly online. Feedback received through this process supported the concept but highlighted issues such as security and ensuring car parks were long enough to accommodate larger vessels.

Now the concept has been finalised, engineers will move to the next stage which includes obtaining the necessary approvals and converting the concept design into tender and construction-ready plans.

The Victorian Government has made all boat ramps in Victoria free for all Victorians to enjoy and Better Boating Victoria are currently progressing the biggest boat ramp infrastructure up-grade in Victoria’s history with a dedicated new Better Boating Fund.

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