Swan Hill’s Milloo Street boat ramp is getting an upgrade.
An extended, two-lane boat ramp will be built, along with public toilets and sealed car parking, including long vehicle car parks. Landscaping and more tables and seating will also be installed.
“This is such great news for the entire Swan Hill region community,” Mayor Les McPhee said.
“Fishing is so popular with locals and is an important part of our tourism offering, so having this new boat ramp to launch onto the Murray will make it even more attractive,” he said.
“We know the boat ramp currently has its limitations and so Swan Hill anglers will be pleased to hear about this upgrade. It was one of the major initiatives that community members wanted when we were putting together the Swan Hill Riverfront Masterplan, and now we will be able to deliver it.”
The project will go ahead thanks to three separate pools of funding. The State Government’s Boating Safety Facilities Program will provide $184,000, while $120,000 will come from Council’s budget, and $56,000 from the State’s Target One Million plan, which aims to increase the number of recreational anglers across Victoria.
Final design work and planning is taking place now, with the first stage – an asphalt car park – to be delivered in September when the weather is warmer. The toilet block will follow. Extensions to the boat ramp can only occur when the river is low.
Council’s Community Development and Riverfront Co-ordinator plans to meet with local residents and interested parties on site on Friday, 11 August at 5.30pm to discuss the project. Nearby residents will be contacted via letterbox drop closer to the meeting, and there will be notice of it in local media and online.