Recreational boating will become safer, cheaper and easier for Victorians thanks to a raft of unprecedented changes announced on 25 March 2019.

The Warmies boat ramp in Hobsons Bay.

Better Boating Victoria, led by new CEO Gary Gaffney has been tasked with overseeing a program of recreational boating reforms.

Fee removal update

The Victorian Government is committed to removing boat launching and parking fees at public boat ramps by spring 2019. 

Boat ramp fees have already been removed at several locations (listed below), with remaining ramps to follow in the coming months: 

  • Altona and Warmies, Hobsons Bay
  • Rhyll, Newhaven, Inverloch and Cowes, Bass Coast
  • Portland
  • Corinella
  • Lake Nagambie
  • Fisherman's Beach, Torquay
  • Port Welshpool
  • Tooradin
  • Lake Eildon (Alliance)
  • Mornington (Schnapper Point and Fisherman's Beach)
  • Rye
  • Safety Beach
  • Sorrento
  • Hastings
  • Tootgarook
  • Dromana (Anthony's Nose)

The Victorian Budget 2019/20 is investing $47.2 million in boating to deliver urgent upgrades to six of the state’s busiest boat ramps, scrap fees and review infrastructure management at Port Phillip and Western Port. 

The Victorian Government is committed to returning every cent of marine licensing and boat registration fees to improving boating safety and facilities through the establishment of a Better Boating fund. 

The fund will collect money from boat registration and marine licensing fees and use it exclusively to improve boating facilities and safety. 

Measures to establish the fund are being investigated by the Department of Transport.

Better Boating Victoria will oversee a review of the management of boating infrastructure arrangements over the next year. 

Boating infrastructure management reform will also be reviewed, particularly at Port Phillip and Western Port.   

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