Boaters get a say on boating infrastructure

Boaters get a say on boating infrastructure

The Victorian Labor Government is encouraging boaters and facility managers to visit Better Boating Victoria’s new website to have their say on how recreational boating infrastructure is managed in our bays.

Minister for Fishing and Boating Jaala Pulford said the new website gives the boating community access to the Port Phillip and Western Port Boating Infrastructure Review Discussion Paper. “We want to make boating across Port Phillip and Western Port bays better for everyone and it’s vital we get feedback from boaters and facility managers to help us improve the way we manage boating infrastructure,” The Minister said.

The discussion paper is part of the Labor Government’s review into improving how boating infrastructure is managed across the bays and will be open for public consultation until 10 January 2020.

The Government’s $47.2 million investment in recreational boating improvements also includes removing parking and launching fees at public boat ramps and upgrading six boats ramps at priority locations across Victoria.

The Discussion Paper has been prepared by Deloitte, who were appointed to undertake the review in September this year.

The feedback received from the discussion paper consultation will inform improvements to boating infrastructure management options. A summary report outlining the findings from the discussion paper consultation and the next steps in the review will be released early next year. “I encourage boating facility managers and users, as well industry groups, to take part in the consultation and tell us how we can better manage boating infrastructure in our bays,” the Minister added.

For more information about the Port Phillip and Western Port Boating Infrastructure Review Consultation visit betterboating.vic.gov.au.