Cowes Boat Ramp Jetty Complete


Bass Coast Shire Council has completed works to construct a new jetty at the Anderson Road Boat Ramp in Cowes.

A 60 metre jetty has been constructed on the west side of the boat ramp to assist the launching and retrieval of recreational vessels, and will be open for use as of Wednesday, 29 July.

Thompson Ward Councillor, Andrew Phillips, said the jetty will enable more efficient and safer launching and retrieval at the Anderson Road facility.

“It will also allow boating opportunities to people who currently cannot use the boat ramp,” Cr Phillips said.

“Council oversaw the development of construction plans for the jetty. This design was largely influenced by information gained at several community information sessions and stakeholder discussions that were conducted by Council.”

One of the participants during these sessions and supporter of the jetty construction is the Rhyll Phillip Island Angling Club.

Club Vice President, Ralph Leditschke, said currently the ramp, which has no mooring jetty, isn’t suitable for everyone, and that it can mainly only be used by agile people who have boats that are easy to load from the beach.

“Not all people have this agility; particularly older people, including those in our club, both male and female,” Mr Leditschke said.

“The jetty would permit a greater usage of the ramp by our members, rather than having to always go to the Rhyll or Newhaven ramp, which have mooring jetties.”

Construction of the jetty also achieves another priority action identified in a 2009 feasibility study that planned for an upgrade of the Cowes Boat Ramp facility.

Other completed priorities from this plan include extension and regrading of the concrete boat ramp and upgrading parking facilities to a sealed surface.

Funding for the construction of the jetty has been supported by $378,000 from the State Government Boating Safety and Facilities Program.

Council contributed $220,000 to the construction works and also provided finance towards and oversaw the development of construction plans and background research.

Cr Phillips said he is looking forward to seeing many people in the community use the facility as the boating season starts to get busy.

For further information on the jetty, please contact Council’s Coast and Bushland Management Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.