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Metung Shaving Point Boat Ramp gets $809k for major upgrade through Better Boating Victoria grant

Metung Shaving Point Boat Ramp will undergo a major upgrade, including the replacement of ramps and jetties, remediation works, and input from the community.

By news@gippsland - 12th May 2023 - Back to News

Metung's Shaving Point Boat Ramp is set for a major overhaul that will make boating even better on the Gippsland Lakes. East Gippsland Shire Council awarded a contract worth $809,332.14 to upgrade the facility at its May 2 meeting. Works will involve demolishing the concrete double ramp and two timber jetties, constructing a replacement ramp and jetties with a combination of fixed jetties and floating pontoons, and remediation works to prevent sand build up on the ramp.

The Metung's Shaving Point Boat Ramp project received funding from the Victorian government and aims to improve boating infrastructure on the Gippsland Lakes

The Metung's Shaving Point Boat Ramp project received funding from the Victorian government and aims to improve boating infrastructure on the Gippsland Lakes

Boating boost, community priority

Mayor Cr Mark Reeves said the Shaving Point ramp was a key piece of boating infrastructure on the Gippsland Lakes. "Recreational boating is a key driver of tourism as well as a valued way of life for residents. This project is reflective of this and supports boating in East Gippsland though providing a functional, safe, and easy to use facility for many years to come."

"Locals, families, visitors and tournament anglers all use this facility. There is little wonder why the Metung community identified the ramp upgrade with us as one of its top three priorities," Cr Reeves said.

Community-inspired upgrade

This led to the development of designs for the upgrade of the precinct to make it more functional and to improve the aesthetics of the immediate area. "The precinct upgrade concept plan was developed with community input. The Victorian government developed its Recreational Boating Strategy at a similar time and through Better Boating Victoria (BBV) Shaving Point was identified as a redevelopment opportunity."

"On behalf of the community, Council thanks the Victorian government and BBV for its $577,693 (ex GST) towards the project. This is a great investment in recreational boating and fishing on the Gippsland Lakes, and the Metung community," Cr Reeves said.

Involvement and progress

Cr Reeves said extensive community consultation has occurred, including a project control group established to oversee the project. "We now look forward to our contractor Carter Marine Group progressing with the project," he said.

Expected start and completion dates will be announced soon. Other aspects of the Shaving Point Concept Plan are not included in this contract and will be subject to future funding availability.

Pictures from YourSay East Gippsland website.


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