Caution Required At Cowes Boat Ramp


Bass Coast Shire Council is advising recreational boaters to act with caution if using the Anderson Road Boat Ramp at Cowes in the coming weeks.

The lower section of the boat ramp has recently experienced a higher than normal rate of sand accumulation.

This has exceeded the volume capable of removal under Council’s regular sand maintenance program.

Council’s Acting Planning and Environment Director, Jodi Kennedy, said the boat ramp is still usable, especially at higher tides.

“However, Council advises users to make a cautious judgement of conditions when considering touse the facility,” Ms Kennedy said.

Boaters should also consider using the closest alternative boat ramp located at Rhyll.

Council has an ongoing sand maintenance program at the Cowes boat ramp where an excavator takes sand from the ramp at low tide and deposits it on the beach below the high water mark, about 70 metres to the east.

From time to time, however, various locations along Phillip Island’s north shore are subject to episodic events where the rate of sand deposition exceeds the normal rate.

Ms Kennedy said a similar event occurred at the Cowes boat ramp during the spring of 2013 and Council utilised an excavator with a larger capacity than that used during the regular sand maintenance program.

“This larger machine has to be sourced from outside of the local area and Council has made plans to engage this larger machine once it is available and weather conditions improve,” Ms Kennedy said.

In the meantime, Council is asking boaters to take care.