THE final concept designs for the Anderson Road boat ramp in Cowes have been released.

Feedback from online consultation, and a drop-in session held at Cowes earlier this year, was incorporated into the final concept and will help inform the detailed design process.

Managing sand build-up and the functionality of the ramp’s jetty were among the issues users highlighted that were addressed by the final concept, according to Better Boating Victoria (BBV).

Key improvements identified in the concept designs include:

• A steeper gradient to the ramp will be created through increases in height and length to make launching and retrieving boats easier and help manage sand build-up.

• The jetty will be extended to provide more temporary berthing space, and the jetty’s lower landings will be raised, enabling it to be used at a greater range of tides.

• Timber groynes either side of the ramp will assist in managing sand movement directly in front of the ramp and the turning circle at the top of the ramp will be realigned, to simplify manoeuvring a car and trailer.

Bass Coast Shire Cr Ron Bauer said the upgrades appeared to be a vast improvement.

“I noticed they’ve included a provision for an extra lane, which is a good idea,” Cr Bauer said.

“But I think they should do it now and not wait, why not finish the job while they’ve got the machinery?

“The other thing that was brought up by local fishermen was that the groynes should have a return facing to the north-east because of the prevailing north-west winds and the sand movement.

“I’m surprised they haven’t incorporated that into the drawing.

“But I’m glad they’ve listened to locals and are doing something positive.”

Currently, the boat ramp has limited capacity due to the availability of land for car parking and operates within only a limited tidal range, during mostly favourable conditions.

The ramp is regularly impacted by sand, which moves along the shoreline throughout the year and is generally influenced by prevailing winds.

The sand makes launching and retrieval difficult, particularly for 2WD vehicles, and is an ongoing maintenance burden.

BBV and Bass Coast Shire Council will move the plans into a detailed design process and develop them into construction-ready plans in coming months.

To view the final concept, visit bit.ly/3IhKFFu.