The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to improve recreational boating in Victoria with more than $42 million being invested as part of the Victorian Recreational Boating Action Plan 2022-23.
With funding delivered from boaters’ registration and licence fees, this package includes upgrades to a range of boating infrastructure across the state, including ramps, car parks, pontoons and jetties.
Minister for Fishing and Boating Sonya Kilkenny said the second Action Plan includes up to $300,000 for ramp upgrades at Lake Burrumbeet near Ballarat and the development of detailed designs for a jetty replacement at Lake Tooliorook, near Lismore and upgrades at Port Fairy boat ramp.
A second year of grants through the Recreational Boating Access and Dredging Program and Structural Maintenance Grants will help ramp managers improve access and facilities for boaters across the state through up to $3m of funding.
It builds on the $33.2 million invested in 2021-22, which provided more than $6m for large-scale ramp developments at Lake Bullen Merri and Warrnambool’s Lady Bay and expanding the Boating Vic camera network to Port Fairy and Apollo Bay.
The coming months will see a new accessible pontoon installed at Apollo Bay boat ramp as part of an expanding network of all-abilities facilities across the state, while $3.3m will ensure it’s cheaper to launch and park at Portland Harbour and all public ramps in Victoria.
To learn more about the how the 2022-23 Recreational Boating Action Plan will improve boating through the south-west and across the state, head to www.betterboating.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney
“Whether it’s to fish an iconic crater lake, cruise the Glenelg River or motor offshore for big tuna, the south-west is a go-to boating destination and our continued investment in upgrades will ensure it remains safe and accessible for years to come.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Fishing and Boating Sonya Kilkenny
“We’re continuing our investment in recreational boating across the state – improving safety and enhancing the boating experience across Victoria.”
“We’re upgrading boat ramps across the state to create more opportunities for families to enjoy the great outdoors by hitting the water.”