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Breakwater at dawn

Public presentation on safer boating options

News Article Date: 
Friday, 21 August 2015

The public is invited to a presentation on the options for the safer launching and retrieval of boats at Lady Bay.

The presentation will be held on Wednesday, August 26, at the Lighthouse Theatre Studio from 5.45pm to 6.45pm.

Information will be presented by chair of the Safer Boating Community Reference Group, Russell Worland, and head of the Technical Reference Group, John Sherwood.

The two groups were established by Warrnambool City Council (WCC) last year to examine options that would provide safer boating facilities at the Port of Warrnambool.

They identified three preferred options which Council voted to put before the community for feedback.

WCC Mayor Cr Michael Neoh said the public feedback was not a referendum but was about obtaining a measure of community support for the various options.

“Changing infrastructure at the Port is a major decision with the potential to cause significant change to Lady Bay and the Merri Sanctuary. It is vital we get it right,” he said.

The three options are:

Option A: upgrade existing facilities. This would see a widening of the boat ramp with the ramp constructed of porous material to diffuse wave energy. Dredging would continue and these changes would make boat launching possible 90 per cent of the time. Cost: $1.5 million in capital works and $250,000 in annual maintenance.

Option B: Breakwater spur and artificial groyne. This would include the ramp widening and the addition of a spur emerging from the breakwater to the east of the ramp and a groyne added to the north of the boat ramp. This would make boat launching possible 100 per cent of the time. Cost: $3.2 million in capital works and $200,000 in annual maintenance

Option C: an enclosed harbour. This would see a longer groyne to the north of a widened boat ramp and a larger spur emerging from the Breakwater. This would make boat launching possible 100 per cent of the time and create calmer conditions within the harbour. Cost: $5.5 million in capital works, $400,000 in annual maintenance.


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