Financing Solution for Grove Boat Launch

A boat launch on the BARWON River will get a much-needed upgrade in time for the summer.

The City of Greater Geelong has received $120,000 from state government agency Better Boating Victoria (BBV) to refurbish the damaged north pier of the Ocean Grove boat launch.

COGG would contribute at least 20% of the overall funding cost as per grant guidelines and has until November to deliver the upgrade so that it is ready for the peak summer period.

BBV provided the funding this month from a $1.7 million maintenance funding round statewide.

“These grants will ensure ramp managers have the funds to upgrade and maintain their facilities, which will also benefit the thousands of Victorians who use them each year by improving accessibility and increasing safety,” said the Minister of Health. Fishing and Navigation, Melissa Horne.

“This is another fantastic example of how we are implementing the Victorian boating license and boat registration fee, achieving strong results by reinvesting in boating infrastructure and other programs.”

Elsewhere on the Bellarine, the Point Richards boat launch near Portarlington is undergoing the second stage of a $3.7 million upgrade in time for this summer, which includes the construction of a groyne rocky to protect it from algae buildup.

Construction of a third boat launch and floating pontoon at Queenscliff is due to be completed within weeks, while the state agency is also planning an overhaul of facilities at St Leonards.

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