New funding to back better boating access at Apollo Bay

One of Victoria’s most iconic coastal locations will soon offer a better recreational boating experience with funding secured for an $800,000 upgrade of boating facilities at Apollo Bay.

The project is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s unprecedented $47.2 million investment into Victorian boating and is being funded through Better Boating Victoria (BBV). 

The Colac Otway Shire Council will manage the project, which will replace the existing wooden jetty and floating pontoon with larger and more durable floating pontoons on each side of the boat ramp, creating provisions for all-abilities access carry out dredging.

The 50-metre-long floating pontoons will create significantly more space for boats to be temporarily tied up, freeing up capacity at the ramp and improving the efficiency of vessel launching and retrieval.

Access at all tides will be made easier through the pontoon replacement work and by dredging alongside construction.

“Boating and fishing are synonymous with Apollo Bay, and these facilities are a huge part of life for the many locals and tourists at this iconic Victorian location,” said Minister for Fishing and Boating, Melissa Horne.

“This important upgrade will make launching easier and more accessible – that is why we are investing in works to ensure more Victorians can get out on the water.”

Photo: Colac Otway Shire Council