Mornington Peninsula To Have Boat Ramp Fees Scrapped

Mornington Peninsula To Have Boat Ramp Fees Scrapped

Victoria Minister for Fishing and Boating Jaala Pulford

Boat Ramp Fees Scrapped Across The Mornington Peninsula

Victor P Taffa

Andrews Government is delivering on its commitment to get more people out on the water by scrapping parking and launching fees on the Mornington Peninsula.

Minister for Fishing and Boating Jaala Pulford and Member for Nepean Chris Brayne visited the Rye boat ramp today to announce parking and launching fees at Mornington Peninsula Shire boat ramps will be removed.

“We’ve listened to boaters and are delivering on our commitment to scrap parking and launching fees making it cheaper and easier more for more Victorians to get involved in recreational boating and fishing.” Minister for Fishing and Boating Jaala Pulford said.

“Free public boat ramps across the Mornington Peninsula will help get more people on the water, enjoying everything our bays have to offer.”

Boat ramps at the Mornington Schnapper Point & Fishermans Beach, Rye, Safety Beach, Sorrento and Hastings boat ramps will be abolished from today.

Tootgarook boat ramp will also be free from 1 September, and the Anthony’s Nose ramp at Dromana will be free when the ramp reopens in Summer.

Costs of parking and launch fees can make a day on the bay more expensive than it should be. That’s why the Andrews Government promised to remove launching and parking fees at all public boat ramps across the state.

Abolition of fees at the Rye boat ramp is the first step in delivering on this major election commitment and will save boaters up to $135 a year for an annual launching permit on the Mornington Peninsula.

“This is fantastic for local boaters who want to get out on the water, it’ll not only help more people to get out and enjoy the fantastic bays in our electorate, but also boost our local economy.” Member for Nepean Chris Brayne said.

In another win for boaters on the Mornington Peninsula, the Hastings Boat Ramp will be upgraded as part of the Government’s unprecedented investment in boating and fishing, which also includes ensuring every dollar of licence and registration revenue goes towards improving boating facilities and safety.

Boat ramp at Tootgarook will also undergo much needed dredging to remove sand in time for Spring.

Boat ramps at Port Welshpool, Portland, Corinella, Lake Nagambie, Torquay, Altona, Newport, Tooradin and Lake Eildon are also now free, as well as 4 ramps managed by Bass Coast Shire Council.

Better Boating Victoria is overseeing these commitments and is building on the success of the Andrews Government’s record investment in the Target 1 Million program which includes a huge boost to fish stocking, a new native fish hatchery and better planning for fishing tourism.