Victorian Government: Grants awarded to improve boating access

Getting out on the water will be made more accessible at a range of Victorian boat ramps with the Andrews Labor Government reinvesting boater registration and licensing fees to fund new dredging grants.

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Available through the Recreational Boating Access and Dredging Program and overseen by Better Boating Victoria, six organisations are sharing in newly awarded grants worth a total of $487,490, to be invested across seven projects.

In Port Phillip Bay, grants will improve boating access at Tootgarook and Half Moon Bay through maintenance dredging, while two kinds of dredging – a trial of a cutter section dredge and use of a long reach excavator – will be undertaken at the entrance of Kananook Creek in Frankston.

At Gippsland Ports, a grant worth $148,760 will be used to conduct maintenance dredging at ‘The Cut’ on the Mitchell River near Paynesville, providing better access for boaters launching at Eagle Point boat ramp, and removing debris from the water.

The City of Greater Geelong has been awarded $76,000 to develop a 25-year dredging management plan for Clifton Springs harbour – ensuring its viability and reducing the frequency of maintenance dredging currently required, which has been undertaken in recent months with a long reach excavator.

Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water will put a $71,000 grant towards the development of a detailed future dredging plan for Lake Lonsdale and Lake Fyans. Sand and silt accumulate at these inland lake boat ramps, and the funding will be used to carry out detailed surveys and commence planning and approvals to support future dredging at these locations.

The grants complement Better Boating Victoria’s recently launched Recreational Boating Structural Maintenance Program, which invests up to $2 million for facility managers to contribute toward significant structural maintenance.