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Options to improve the Port experience

News Article Date: 
Friday, 25 August 2017
The community is being invited to have a say on options to improve boat launching facilities, parking, pedestrian amenity and fishing facilities at the Port of Warrnambool.
The proposals cover the “land-side” elements of the Port of Warrnambool and complement an existing plan to improve boat launching conditions.
“We already have a detailed plan for an improved boat ramp, these new proposals in the Draft Warrnambool Harbour Master Plan look at the overall experience for people visiting the port area,” Director City Infrasructure Scott Cavanagh said.
“So we’re looking at the detail of how we configure on-land elements including parking for cars, for vehicles with boat trailers, pathways for pedestrians, signage and facilities such as fish-cleaning areas.
“There is scope to add dozens of additional car and boat trailer parking spaces in the precinct, and at the same time separate boat launching and car parking traffic.
“We are keen for residents to have a look at the possibilities and provide Council with advice on what they believe the harbour area needs to improve the experience.
“So we’d like to hear from people who walk or ride along the promenade, those who use the boat ramp to launch water craft, people who like to fish off the breakwater, those who enjoy a coffee at the pavilion, yacht club members and really anyone who enjoys spending time in this special part of Warrnambool.
The master plan also looks at providing a user pays system for upgraded safer launching facilities which over time will offset the larger capital cost for the upgrades and maintenance.
“Once we have heard from the community Council will finalise a master plan which will go to an open Council meeting for a final decision,” Mr Cavanagh said.
“This detailed master plan will strengthen our funding case and boost our chances for getting a result that many in the community have waited some time for.”
To have your say on the options at the Port of Warrnambool you can fill out a survey at
Submissions close on Friday, September 15.
Issues and opportunities identified in the draft master plan include:
The need for additional long vehicle parking and horse wash-down facilities in the northern car park.
The northern car park is underutilised during the day because of poor signage and a narrow access road .
The northern boat ramp is relatively steep and regularly erodes at the base 
Coast guard communications could be improved by relocating an antennae closer to the breakwater
The Pavilion is highly used by local community and visitors.
Toilets are currently closed in the early morning and late evening when people are leaving or returning from fishing.
Cars are parking in long vehicle parking bays which reduces the number of spaces available to vehicles with trailers.
Car parking along the foreshore is popular with walkers and people enjoying the water outlook.
Pedestrian access to the sand could be improved in high pedestrian areas.
Visitors to the area sometimes confuse the entrance to the boat launch as part of the car park.
Current boat rigging areas, vehicle queuing areas and boat wash-down facilities area would be improved to minimise congestion at the boat launch during busy periods.
The current road network makes identification of car park circulation and exits difficult for visitors.
Modifications to boat launch area need to consider the function and use of existing platforms and historic significance of the breakwater.
Pedestrian connections between the foreshore and breakwater could be improved. 
The former aquarium and associated parking areas could be enhanced.
CCTV cameras could be introduced to reduce hoon behavior.

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