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Warrnambool (Lady Bay)

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.

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.

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.

The $3.5 million funding allocation is in addition to the Andrews Labor 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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