Hastings Boat Ramp Project Overview
In 2020, Hastings Boat Ramp was upgraded to meet best practice standards and to provide access for all tide heights.
The boat ramp was completed on behalf of, and fully funded by, the newly created state government department – Better Boating Victoria (BBV).The project included:
- replacing the existing Hastings boat ramp
- providing a connecting walkway between the new boat ramp and the existing floating pontoon.
The project was developed so the ramp could be upgraded to meet the current Australian Standards and best practice requirements to be classified as a regional boating facility under the State Government’s Recreational Facilities Framework.
Stage 1 of the project is now complete and Stage 2 is underway.
Stage 1 – Boat Ramp Upgrade:
- A new concrete boat ramp incorporating four lanes, which includes replacing the existing 32.5m facility with a 40.4m length that extends deeper into the bay allowing for all-tide access.
- Widening of the existing concrete pontoon to allow direct access for launching and retrieving of boats and improving the functionality of the ramp, during low to medium tides.
Stage 2 – Channel Dredging:
- To be constructed as a separate project after the ramp upgrade, following Marine and Coastal Act consent approval from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). Includes dredging of the existing channel out to the point where it meets the main boating channel of the Hastings Harbour (this will cover an area of approximately 3,320 sqm)
Stage 3 – Second Pontoon
- A new pontoon will be installed on the southern side of the boat ramp to allow easier launching and retrieval at the four lane boat ramp. The new pontoon will also cater for all ability access including a davit to safely assist wheelchair users in and out of boats.
New fish cleaning facility
A brand new fish cleaning facility is now open for public use at Hastings, located at the boat ramp. Local fishing enthusiasts can enjoy a sheltered 24-hour accessible facility with sensor lights and four full size stations.