Why was Queenscliff chosen for an upgrade?
Queenscliff 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 Queenscliff 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?
The project is likely to involve an upgrade to the existing ramp, pontoons and re-configuration of existing car park that aims to provide a better launching and retrieval. The upgrade will consider water sensitive user designs to minimise impacts to Swan Bay. The concept designs are the first step in the process and a final design will be informed by community feedback.
Who is involved with this project?
BBV is overseeing the Queenscliff boating facility upgrade and is working with several stakeholders on this project including the Borough of Queenscliff, DELWP, Parks Victoria, local angling and businesses and broader boating community.
When will it start?
The 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.
Will I have a chance to have a say on the upgrade?
Yes. We are hosting two community drop-in events for Queenscliff residents and boat ramp users to provide feedback on 30 October 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 a final agreed concept. 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.
Why can’t you make it bigger and get more parking?
There are several constraints at this facility including nearby residents, railway access and Swan Bay. Expansion beyond the existing footprint is not possible. The upgrade will focus on making improvements within the existing boundaries.
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 the Borough of Queenscliffe and there are no plans to change current maintenance arrangements at this stage.
Will you be replacing the pontoon at the dinghy basin?
Parks Victoria has advised that there are no plans to replace the dinghy pontoon due to residential concerns. The new wharf facility, currently under construction, will be able to accommodate the needs of the dinghy pontoon’s previous users.
Will commercial vessels be able to use the new ramp?
The primary function of the boat ramp is to allow for safe launching and retrieval of vessels. There are a variety of berthing options available in the Queenscliff harbour and the new wharf facility. Commercial vessels will be encouraged to use other facilities, however, use of the boat ramp pontoons for short periods of time may be considered after construction by asset and waterway managers.
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.
Will you be dredging the facility?
We will be able to assess the dredging needs of the upgrade facility in the next stage of the project when detailed designs are drawn up.
Will the upgraded facility encourage increased usage?
The footprint of the existing facility is not being increased. The project aims to improve traffic flows and boat launching and retrieval.