SUPPORT for a new boat ramp at Lake Bullen Merri gained momentum last week with public support from both the Department of Transport and the Corangamite Shire.
Representatives from the two organisations met with South Beach Foreshore Committee of Management representatives on Tuesday to discuss design plans for a new ramp.
Committee member Philip Russell said the meeting followed on from design recommendations handed down by consultants BMT Eastern Australia Pty Ltd.
“We’re ecstatic the Corangamite Shire Council has gotten right behind the project,” he said.
“We’ve been quite determined to get the best possible outcome and have engaged with all the stakeholders along with a series of experts and have taken all that feedback on board.
“To now be able to sit down with council and discuss the next steps to getting the job done is great.”
Corangamite Shire manager facilities and recreation Jarrod Woff said the South Beach Foreshore Committee had done a “terrific job, with a significant amount of work being undertaken to develop concept designs for the boat ramp”.
“The proactive approach of the committee to develop this project will benefit lake users in the future and council looks forward to working with the committee to deliver the next stage of this project.”
The Department of Transport provided $25,000 in funding through Better Boating Victoria last year for consultants to come up with concept plans for a new boat ramp.
Located at the lake’s South Beach reserve, the boat ramp is barely usable due to a constant decrease in water levels.