Recreational anglers and boaters accessing Western Port Bay will soon have more boat ramps to launch from and better facilities at Corinella Foreshore thanks to a significant $1.45 million expansion project.
The expansion, announced today by the Treasurer Tim Pallas, will double the number of boat ramps from two to four and install an accessible pontoon to allow all-abilities boat access.
It will also fund general ramp maintenance and improve fish cleaning, and trailer parking facilities.
The Andrews Labor Government is funding the expansion with $1.16 million from the Boating Safety and Facilities Program and $250,000 from the Victorian Fisheries Authority’s Target One Million plan.
Target One Million is investing a record $46 million, including $9 million from recreational fishing licence fees, to get more Victorians fishing, more often.
Corinella Boat Ramp is Melbourne’s closest ‘deep water’ ramp on the eastern side of Western Port Bay and very popular during the summer months. This expansion will provide much needed relief for boats launching into the bay.
The Corinella Foreshore Reserve Committee, who led a major community consultation process to make the expansion a reality, will manage the project.
Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas
“Recreational fishing and boating are healthy and enjoyable pastimes that also provide an essential economic boost to the local economy.”
“Expanding the capacity for fishing and boating activities us a huge boost to not just recreation, but for the fishing and tourism industries in and around Western Port Bay – and that means jobs.”
Quote attributable Minister for Ports Luke Donnellan
“The Boating Safety and Facilities Program is helping ensure boat launching in popular areas like Corinella run smoothly so that Victorians can spend more time enjoying fishing and boating with family and friends.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford
“Our Target One Million plan has delivered huge benefits for Victorian anglers, including ending commercial net fishing in Corio Bay, a record stocking of six million fish over 12 months and better access and facilities.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020