Why is Port Richards boat ramp being upgraded?

    Point Richards was selected as a priority location for upgrade based on advice from various stakeholders including the boating and angling community.

    Is there funding to support this upgrade?

    Yes, the Point Richards boating facility upgrade is part of the Government’s $47.2 million commitment to deliver urgent upgrades to six of the state’s busiest public boat ramps, remove parking and launching fees and review infrastructure management at Port Phillip and Western Port.   

    What will the project involve?

    We are proposing to upgrade the boating facility in two stages, starting with the car park. We will run a separate consultation in 2020 to address changes to the marine side infrastructure based on the coastal processes study that is currently underway to better understand the issues associated with the seagrass and sand build up impacting the ramp. This study is being conducted by specialist coastal and environmental consultancy Water Technology and will be complete by early 2020.

    Right now, we’re focused on upgrading the car park to deliver more parking and better traffic flow.

    What does a coastal processes study involve?

    This study involves modelling how seagrass and sand moves through the water column and impacts the current ramp at Point Richards. It is difficult to plan for additional maritime infrastructure such as groynes and walls until we understand water movements.

    When will works start?

    The car park designs will need to be progressed and all the necessary approvals will need to be obtained before construction can begin. This process is likely to start early next year, and we will provide further updates on when construction will commence.

    The maritime infrastructure will be progressed pending the outcome of the coastal processes study.

    Will I have a chance to have a say on the upgrade?

    Yes. We are hosting two community drop-in events for Point Richards residents and boat ramp users to provide feedback on 20 November and 30 November 2019. We will also be running an online consultation from 30 November – 9 December. 

    How much will the project cost?

    The project cost can’t yet be quantified until we have final agreed concepts. Once this has happened, we can provide a project estimate.

    When will it be ready to use?

    Construction of the upgrade is dependent on obtaining necessary approvals and it may need to be staged to minimise impact to boat ramp users. This is likely to occur over the next 12-24 months but BBV will provide further updates as the project progresses.

    Who is involved with this project?

    BBV is overseeing the Point Richards boating facility upgrade and is working with several stakeholders on this project including the Bellarine Bayside Coastal Management, local angling and businesses and broader boating community.

    Why is the government spending more money on the car park?

    We’re aware that boat ramp users are parking beyond the existing car park. There appears to be scope to expand the car park beyond the existing foot print.

    Will it be free to use?

    Yes. Government has implemented a policy to remove fees from publicly accessible boat ramps.

    Who will be maintaining the newly upgraded boating facility?

    The facility is currently managed by Bellarine Bayside Coastal Management and there are no plans to change current maintenance arrangements at this stage.

    Will landscaping be considered as part of the upgrade?

    Yes. The designs will consider amenity and landscaping including vegetation and water sensitive user designs to enhance the visual appeal of the facility.

    Are any other boat ramps being upgraded?

    • Better Boating Victoria is progressing upgrades at three ramps: Rhyll, Queenscliff and Pt Richards. These are three of the six ramps the government has pledged to upgrade.