Ramp closure makes way for multi-million dollar upgrade
A MULTI-million dollar redevelopment is now underway at Queenscliff’s boat ramp with upgrades set to enhance the much-used facility.
The $3.7 million project delivered by Better Boating Victoria has gained momentum in recent months with the Borough of Queenscliffe approving plans in April, followed by the contract being awarded to Drapers Civil Contracting this month.
Better Boating Victoria first lodged the application in November after the Victorian government identified the Queenscliff facility among six others across the state requiring priority upgrades.
Access to the facility will be disrupted with the boat ramp and car park now closed to the public for three months to allow for the expansion of the ramp as well dredging, replacing pontoons and formalising an overflow parking area.
Set to be completed by early September ahead of the peak fishing season, the final design will increase the efficiency and safety of boat launching and loading, as well as increase the capacity of the facilities suitable for the summer holiday period.
The application lodged by Better Boating Victoria said, “the design of the facility has accommodated the environmental sensitivity of Swan Bay” and that “no neighbouring marine habitat and environment will be damaged as a part of the works”.
Up to 89 formal spaces will be created for trailer and boat parking under the approved design.
The upgrades will include a new lookout and boardwalk with panoramic views across of the bay.
Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney congratulated Bellarine MP Lisa Neville for persisting with the upgrades.
“Lisa Neville over many years has strongly advocated for better boating facilities on the Bellarine and this news will be welcomed by her and the local businesses that depend on tourism during the peak season,” she said.
The project forms part of Labor’s $47.2 million investment to improving recreational boating in Victoria which includes enhancing infrastructure, providing free access to facilities and the establishment of the Better Boating Fund.