Apollo Bay set for upgrade

Vital improvements are coming to Apollo Bay Harbour to preserve the facility for boaters, fishers and tourists.

The Victorian Government has invested $1.3 million to carry out a program of improvements, including the dredging of the main harbour channel to provide better access for boats.

The works will also involve maintenance and upgrades to the breakwater, and the repair of the slipway winch, which pulls boats into the dry dock.

The renewed harbour and facilities will support the port manager and the Apollo Bay Fishing Cooperative by future-proofing the main navigation channel, berths and unloading areas for ongoing use.

Colac Otway Shire manages the Apollo Bay Harbour, which generates $6.5 million annually for the local economy.

It also provides safe berthing and mooring for around 40 vessels, including two for tourist charters.

The announcement comes as the Victorian Government invests in local ports across the state to upgrade and carry out maintenance to improve facilities for fishers, boaters, anglers, tourists and local communities.