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Project update: December 2, 2022

Works at the Lady Bay boat ramp in Warrnambool have been completed.

Construction of two jetties and concrete ramp has been delivered.

Dredging works continue to be progress and will mitigate wave impacts and provide additional depth in the vicinity of the boat ramp.

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 involved replacing the two-lane concrete boat ramp surface, which was in poor condition. The new ramp surface features 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 have been replaced with more functional modern jetties that will enable boat tie up points and better protection within the harbour. Improvements have also been 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.

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