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St Leonards

Project update: May 2024

As part of the Victorian Government’s investment into making it easier to get out on the water, St Leonards boat ramp is being upgraded. Final concept designs have been prepared and works are underway to commence Stage 1 of the upgrade in July 2024.

The St Leonards boat ramp upgrade will rebuild the 65-metre-long jetty extending out from the boat ramp and the end T-section will be doubled in length to 40 metres wide.

Wave screens will also be installed along the length of the structure and the widened T section will provide more protection from waves driven by northerly and easterly winds.

Lower landings on the T section will be extended along its length, so low-tide access is available at the end of the jetty and better all-abilities access will be ensured through a new accessible gangway leading to the lower landing and hoist to lift people into and out of boats if required.

New fenders and cleats will also provide more options for boaters tying up on their way out or back into the ramp, complementing better access to the lower landings.

Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management will manage the project and work is expected to begin in early July.

Click here to read FAQs about the project.

Consultation with boaters and the local community in 2022 highlighted the major issues with ramp being the impact of wind driven waves on the ramp which make launching and retrieval problematic for boat operators.

Other issues raised included limited parking and some difficulty accessing vessels berthed alongside the aging timber jetty.

Based on the outcomes of the initial consultation, a draft concept plan was prepared in consultation with other government agencies for public consultation which featured provision of waterside upgrades to address the impact of waves on the ramp and a seasonal overflow car park to alleviate car parking and traffic congestion during the peak summer period.

In December 2022, Better Boating Victoria released the draft concept plan for public consultation, supported by an on-line survey, which received 286 responses.

The majority of respondents supported the proposed waterside upgrades but didn’t overwhelmingly support the proposed seasonal carpark upgrade options.

Some respondents requested provision of a safe harbour or rock wall to address the impact of waves on the ramp. However, engineers have advised this is not a feasible option for St Leonards.

Following the analysis and consideration of feedback received through the public consultation process a final concept layout has been developed by Better Boating Victoria.

Click here to view a summary of consultation feedback.

Click here to view FAQs.

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