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Grants Awarded to Improve Coastal Boating Facilities

More funding has been delivered for much-needed upgrades to key boating facilities along Victoria’s coastline, as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Better Boating Fund Structural Maintenance Grants Program.

The program opened to ramp and asset managers in February, and grants awarded will help undertake significant maintenance projects such as new ramp surfaces, replacing pontoons and accessibility works.  

The City of Greater Geelong has received a grant worth $120,000 to upgrade the damaged northern jetty at Ocean Grove boat ramp. The jetty adjoins the upstream side of the Ocean Grove boat ramp and repairs will provide better access for boaters heading onto the Barwon River or offshore.

In Port Phillip Bay, nearly $100,000 in funding will be put towards jetty repairs at the busy Rye boat ramp. The original section of jetty is more than 40 years old and requires significant maintenance to ensure safety and functionality for the scores of boaters launching on the Mornington Peninsula.

Tooradin Foreshore Committee of Management has also received a grant worth $10,900 to repair the floating jetty at Tooradin boat ramp. The ramp provides boaters with access to Western Port and the funding will be used to replace fixings and connections on the southern pontoon to ensure it’s safe for years to come.

The grants are funded by the Better Boating Fund which is delivering on a promise the Labor Government made at the 2018 election to ensure all money from the licence fees and recreational vessel registration of Victorian boaters goes to improving boating infrastructure and programs. 

The Department of Transport and Better Boating Victoria will manage the fund’s distribution, having already made it free to park and launch at Victorian boat ramps – and has embarked on the most significant boat ramp construction program in the state’s history.

For more details on each of the funded projects, visit www.betterboating.vic.gov.au  

Quotes attributable to Minister for Fishing and Boating Melissa Horne 

“These grants will ensure ramp managers have the funds to upgrade and maintain their facilities – also benefiting the thousands of Victorians who use them each year by improving accessibility and enhancing safety.”

“This is another fantastic example of how we are putting Victorians’ boating licence and recreational vessel registration fees to work, delivering strong outcomes by re-investing in boating infrastructure and other programs.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville

Ocean Grove is a popular location for boaters so it’s vital we have safe and functional boating facilities – and these grants will help ensure that’s the case for years to come.”

Quote attributable to Member for Nepean Chris Brayne

The Mornington Peninsula has the highest rate of boat ownership in Victoria which is why it is vital we have functional and safe facilities for the community.”

Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett

“The Tooradin boat ramp is an important location for boaters looking to launch onto Western Port. This funding will ensure the safety and accessibility of the pontoon now and into the future.”