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Ramp renewal will lure fishing and boating devotees to Mornington

Boating and fishing enthusiasts will be excited to learn that Mothers Beach (Schnapper Point) Boat Ramp in Mornington will be getting a much-needed renewal.

Managed by Mornington Peninsula Shire, the Schnapper Point Boat Ramp Renewal Project has received funding from Better Boating Victoria’s Better Boating Fund.

The current two-lane boat ramp – with finger jetties either side – allows two boats to be launched and retrieved simultaneously from car trailers. The renewal will help to increase capacity and improve the efficiency of launching and retrieving vessels from Port Phillip Bay.

The renewal will include:

  • Concrete manoeuvring area
  • Pedestrian crossing
  • Northern finger pier
  • Fish cleaning table
  • Southern finger pier (subject to available funding)
  • Widened and lengthened ramp.

Better Boating Victoria (BBV) has been working closely with the Shire to help improve public boating facilities in the Mornington area.

BBV has provided the Shire with $278,000 towards Schnapper Point Boat Ramp Renewal Project – Stage 1 (Planning, preliminary investigations and concept design). Future funding will be required for Stage 2 (Detailed design and permits) and Stage 3 (Tendering and construction).

As a part of Stage 1 we have engaged with Sureside Consulting, a maritime and coastal engineering social enterprise, to develop a best-for-project concept design with consideration given to safety, amenity, budget and effective balance of all stakeholders’ needs.

Mayor Councillor Simon Brooks said “The Mothers Beach/Schnapper Point Boat Ramp Renewal Project is one example of how we’re working with Better Boating Victoria to improve safety and enhance recreational boating facilities on the Peninsula.”

Briars Ward Councillors Steve Holland, Anthony Marsh and Despi O’Connor said “Schnapper Point boat ramp is a popular launch and retrieval spot on weekends and during the warmer summer months. It provides local fishing, boating and water sports enthusiasts with access to beautiful Port Phillip Bay.

“The renewal to Schnapper Point boat ramp will bring it in line with current Australian Standards. Existing users can expect a more modern, user-friendly facility that will also be a drawcard for the wider boating and fishing community.”

You can learn more about the Schnapper Point Boat Ramp Renewal Project by attending a community pop-up information session on Wednesday 14 February from 9am – 3pm at the Mornington Pier and Jetty, Schnapper Point Drive, Mornington.

Those who live, work and play on the Peninsula may be interested in the Mornington Harbour – Local Port Area Plan Project being undertaken by Parks Victoria. To learn more, visit Parks Victoria’s website: