Cowes Boat Ramp Jetty Project Update

Bass Coast Shire Council is progressing with plans to build a jetty at the Cowes/Anderson Road Boat Ramp.

Council’s Environment Manager, Alison Creighton, said that Council has developed construction plans for the proposed facility.

 “The jetty design was largely influenced by the community, in information sessions and stakeholder discussions held earlier this year,” Ms Creighton said.

“The majority of the people at these sessions supported the development of a jetty to assist launch and retrieval of recreational boats and vessels.

Mr Hibbert said this support was similar to data collected through a 2009 feasibility study that investigated the entire Cowes Boat Ramp facility.

“We have used the information gained from our community discussions to tailor the jetty design.

“Some of the design features include a jetty located on the west side of the ramp to allow ease of use during prevalent westerly and north westerly winds.

“The jetty also features three levels to allow use across most tides,” Ms Creighton said.

“We were also mindful of the potential creation of a barrier to beach walkers and emergency vehicles, so the southern end of the jetty is located just above the high water mark, allowing plenty of beach space to pass through.”

Ms Creighton said that the development of construction plans has allowed Council to obtain detailed costings for jetty construction.

In order to construct a facility that is of maximum benefit to stakeholders, Council requires more funds than is currently allocated in the budget. Council will apply for further funding from the State Government as part of a grant program aimed at improving boating facilities.

For further information about this project, please contact Council on 1300 BCOAST (226 278).