Work to improve the iconic Queenscliff boat ramp is another step closer, with the contract awarded to expand the popular facility.
Drapers Civil Contracting has been awarded the $3.7 million contract to carry out the work at Queenscliff, which will include expanding the boat ramp from two to three lanes as well as dredging, replacing pontoons, and formalising the overflow parking area.
The changes will increase efficiency for boaters launching and loading at the ramp and boost the capacity of the Queenscliff facilities, especially in busy holiday periods.
Access to the ramp will be disrupted while works are undertaken with the boat ramp closed from mid-June to early-September to avoid disruption during the peak fishing season.
Final works to complete construction are scheduled for 2022, after the peak boating season.
The project is part of the State Government’s unprecedented $47.2 million investment to improve recreational boating in Victoria.
The Government has already made launching and parking at Victorian boat ramps free, established the Better Boating Fund and is progressing upgrades to facilities and boating safety across the state.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Fishing and Boating Melissa Horne
“Queenscliff is an iconic location for many boaters and fishers and these upgrades will be welcome news for locals and the many holiday goers who visit the Bellarine Peninsula.”
“Whether it’s Port Phillip’s snapper and whiting or bigger game fish like tuna and kingfish offshore, Queenscliff will cater for more boats than ever before and make it easier to enjoy the best of the bay.”
Quotes attributable to Bellarine Duty MP Gayle Tierney Representing Lisa Neville MP
“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.”
“We’ve listened to the local community’s feedback in progressing the plans for the upgrade, and it’s exciting to be only weeks away from works beginning.”