Minister for Ports David Hodgett, far left, surveys the site of the newly-announced jetty at the Anderson Road boat ramp last week alongside Bass MP Ken Smith, Liberal Candidate for Bass Brian Paynter, Bass Coast Mayor Neil Rankine and Thompson ward councillor Andrew Phillips.
A BRAND new jetty is set to make launching and retrieving boats at Cowes’ Anderson Road boat ramp faster and easier.
Minister for Ports David Hodgett last week announced $378,000 in funding for the construction of the jetty, which is expected to be ready for use next summer.
“This will be a great enhancement to the facilities here,” Mr Hodgett said at the ramp last Wednesday morning.
“The new jetty is funded through our Boating Safety and Facilities Program, which works to deliver vital facility and safety upgrades to local groups and communities to improve access to Victoria’s waterways.”
The jetty will be constructed on the western side of the boat ramp.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Neil Rankine, said council had pitched in $120,000 towards design costs.
He said council oversaw the development of the draft construction plans for the jetty and is now waiting on feedback prior to adoption.
“This design was largely influenced by information gained at several community information sessions and stakeholder discussions held last year,” Cr Rankine added
“Once the plans are finalised, council will seek approval from the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI), and Parks Victoria; once we have these permits, we will be ready to commence construction.”
One of only a few residents watching the funding announcement unfold at the boat ramp last week was Cowes angler Robert Percy, who has been utilising the ramp for over 30 years.
And while he’s all for boating infrastructure upgrades, Mr Percy believes the council is making a mistake building the jetty right next to the existing ramp as it will only worsen congestion during busy periods.
“It should be 25 to 50 metres further along,” he said.