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As part of the Victorian Government’s ongoing investment into making it cheaper and easier to get out on the water, Newhaven has been identified for a future upgrade.

Located on Phillip Island the Newhaven boat ramp is an important part of the Western Port boat ramp network and currently comprises a two-lane concrete boat ramp, jetty, fish cleaning facilities, and parking.

Boaters use the ramp year-round with usage increasing significantly from spring through to early autumn. The ramp is popular with recreational fishers and other recreational boaters.

Some of the issues that we’re aware of include:

  • Lack of space and configuration of berthing and tie up points
  • Limited car-trailer unit parking
  • Tide restrictions, particularly at low tide
  • Existing jetty poses challenges in terms of accessibility

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What’s been happening?

Bass Coast Shire Council commissioned marine consultants to undertake a feasibility assessment of installing a new pontoon at the Newhaven Boat Ramp.  However, the project was put on hold due to the poor condition of the jetty. Renewal works were completed in 2022 which included raising of lower deck, replacement of existing upper deck floor and improvements to the substructure.

In early 2023, Better Boating Victoria engaged marine consultants to develop a draft concept design for the future upgrade.  In mid-2023, initial meetings were held with a small group of ramp users and local and state government agencies to obtain local input into the concept.

The draft design was made available for public consultation through an online survey which closed on Friday 19th January 2024.  BBV also hosted a drop in event at Newhaven on 7 December 2023

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What’s happening next?

As the public consultation period has closed, BBV will review the submitted feedback and where possible incorporate changes to develop a final concept.  BBV will now work with the engineers and other government agencies to develop detailed designs and obtain all the appropriate approvals to facilitate future construction of the upgrade.

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