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Maribyrnong River

We’re working towards building the Maribyrnong River’s first publicly accessible boat ramp.

The Maribyrnong River has been identified as needing better boating facilities as part of the Victorian Government’s unprecedented investment in improving boating across the state.

The river is popular with a range of boaters, including fishers, who will have better access to improved fish habitat and stocked estuary perch thanks to the Victorian Fisheries Authority’s Maribyrnong River Native Fish Revival Program.

In April 2021, concept designs to build a ramp at a site in Ascot Vale were presented for public feedback. Due to a lack of public support for the plans, BBV is now investigating alternative sites on the Maribyrnong.

Currently boaters wishing to fish the Maribyrnong need to launch in Port Phillip and travel through busy shipping routes to access the river.

The nearest ramp is at ‘The Warmies’ at Newport, a considerable distance away.

Further updates will be provided as the project progresses.


Project Name

Maribyrnong River boat ramp


Melbourne, Victoria


  • Provide publicly available launching on the Maribyrnong River
  • Improve access to native fish habitat being installed by the Victorian Fisheries Authority.


  • February 2021: Concept designs commissioned at site in Ascot Vale
  • April 2021: Concept designs released for public feedback
  • May 2021: Consultation shows lack of public support for ramp at Ascot Vale site
  • June 2021: Additional sites being assessed
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