Upgrade work ramps up

Fishing and Boating Minister Melissa Horne and Werribee MP Tim Pallas at Werribee South last week. (Supplied)

Concept designs for an upgrade of the Werribee South boat ramp and carpark are being drawn up.

The state government has commissioned the designs as part of a $47.2 million investment to improve recreational boating in Victoria, to be overseen by Better Boating Victoria (BBV).

The Werribee South ramp has been identified as a priority for an upgrade, due to the high volume of boats being launched at the ramp and congestion in the adjoining carpark at peak times.

The concept designs will address traffic flow and the potential for additional car and trailer parking, as well as maximise functionality of the six-lane boating facility.

An accessible pontoon will be among the options considered as part of the design, so that people with all-abilities can access vessels from the ramp.

Werribee MP Tim Pallas said the boat ramp at Werribee South was a significant asset for the community and was extremely popular with boaters accessing Port Phillip.

“Getting out on the water is a big part of life for many locals so it’s important to continue to invest in better facilities to make that easier and safer,” he said.

Fishing and Boating Minister Melissa Horne said that Werribee South provided boaters with access to fishing in Port Phillip Bay.

“Whether it’s snapper, King George whiting or calamari you’re chasing, or you’re just heading out for a cruise, this investment will make Werribee South an even better place to start your day on the water,” she said.

BBV will work closely with Werribee South boaters, as well as Wyndham council, to develop the upgrade plans.

Once the designs are finalised, they will be made available for community feedback.

Upgrades are also being planned for other ramps, including those at Kirk Point and Avalon Beach.