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Project update: July 27, 2022

Works at the Lady Bay boat ramp in Warrnambool are underway.

Warrnambool City Council, the facility manager, has awarded a contract to Bridgewater Constructions Pty Ltd to undertake works to the boat ramp.

The works will take approximately 4 months and include the replacement of the two jetties and resurfacing of the boat ramp.

Crews are on site and have begun demolition of the boat ramp and holding structures.

As the concrete ramp panels are removed they will be inspected to assess their condition.

Existing jetties will be removed to make way for more modern, functional structures. Pile driving for the new jetties is also underway.

The ramp will be closed during the construction period. To check conditions at a nearby ramp like Port Fairy, head to Boating Vic or download the FREE app.

Dredging works will also be undertaken during the ramp closure to mitigate wave impacts and provide additional depth in the vicinity of the boat ramp.

Updates on progress will be provided by Warrnambool City Council.

Warrnambool boat ramp is set to undergo a major revamp with $3.5 million allocated in the 2021-22 State Budget to upgrade the facility. Works will commence in July and are expected to be completed by October 2022.

The Warrnambool ramp is an important launching point in southwest Victoria for locals and visitors who own trailer boats and head offshore to fish, dive and enjoy time on the water with family and friends.

The critical works at Warrnambool will replace the two-lane concrete boat ramp surface, which is in poor condition. The new ramp surface will feature grooved concrete slabs designed to provide a safer facility for locals and visitors wishing to launch and retrieve their vessels.

The ageing wooden jetties on the south and north sides of the ramp will be replaced with more functional modern jetties that will enable boat tie up points and better protection within the harbour. Improvements will also be made to the rock revetments at the boat ramp.

The works are all part of Warrnambool City Council’s Safer Launching and Breakwater Stabilisation project that included detailed design studies to upgrade the boat ramp and local port infrastructure, including the breakwater.

In addition to this, Council is preparing plans to construct a third boat ramp lane in accordance with the Warrnambool Harbour Master Plan. Due to design and approval processes, the construction of a third ramp lane will be delivered separate from the upcoming boating upgrades.

Concept designs for the boat ramp and jetties.

These critical boat ramp works are the first in a staged process of upgrading facilities at Warrnambool, including how best to deal with any wave surge issues at the ramp.

Dredging in the harbour to minimise wave action will also be undertaken as part of the upgrade.

The $3.5 million funding allocation is in addition to the Victorian Government’s $47.2 million investment through Better Boating Victoria to improve recreational boating, which has included making launching and parking free at ramps, establishing the Better Boating Fund, and progressing upgrades to facilities across the state.

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