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Werribee South

As part of the government’s commitment to improving recreational boating, a future upgrade to the Werribee South boating facility has been in development over the last two years. Community consultation was held in February 2022 and this feedback has been incorporated into the current design.

Click here to view the final concept.

A town planning permit has been submitted to Wyndham City Council to commence planning approvals for the upgrades to the Werribee South boat ramp. 

The six-lane Werribee South ramp services the large boating population on the western side of Melbourne and provides access to Port Phillip and Corio Bay. 

The proposed upgrade will add a ramp lane, extend and realign pontoons, install an additional pontoon, modify the existing jetty and floating pontoon to include provision for all abilities access and improvements within carparking to improve traffic flow. 

Concept and preliminary design plans for the proposed upgrade of the facility has been developed by experienced independent coastal engineers from BMT with advice and input from key management agencies, local government organisations and key user groups including local recreational fishers. 

The proposed upgrade at Werribee is expected to improve the functionality of the facility and address congestion, particularly during peak periods. 

Click here to view a report card summarising the feedback.

Feedback also requested a wider turning circle for vehicles returning to the ramp to retrieve vessels and signage to assist in managing traffic within the facility.

Key features of the upgrade include 

  • Increasing the number of ramps to 7 to improve efficiency and speed of vessel launch and retrieval 
  • Extending and realigning the existing pontoons and increasing the number from 4 to 5 to enable greater temporary berthing capacity 
  • Provision of all abilities access by modifying the existing fixed jetty and floating pontoon adjacent to the ramp 
  • Realignment of car parking arrangements to create more rigging and tie down space away from the main ramps 
  • Move and reintroduce the U-turn to the front of the vehicle queue to enable quicker retrieval of vessels 
  • Create an additional entry lane from Beach Road and an additional (3 total) waiting lanes to increase capacity and reduce queuing back to Beach Rd 

Parking capacity continues to be an issue during peak periods. The proximity of environmentally significant wetlands and vegetation surrounding the facility restrict any expansion of the existing site footprint.  

Now that the planning permit has been submitted, Better Boating Victoria will move to the next stage in detailed design incorporating feedback on the planning permit and ultimately convert into construction ready plans. 

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