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Rhyll Boating Facility Upgrade

We wish to advise that Bass Coast Shire Council have teamed up with Better Boating Victoria to undertake the redevelopment of the Rhyll Boating Facility. There will be major upgrades made to the boat launching facilities, car parking, playspace and pontoons. These works are funded by Better Boating Victoria and are being delivered by Council through the Capital Works Program.

The aim of this project is to improve access and safety, and to upgrade the Rhyll Boating Facility for the community. These works will give the community and residents access to improved facilities at the boat ramp in Rhyll.

Notice of Works

Bass Coast Shire Council (BCSC) wishes to advise of the commencement of boat ramp upgrade works at the Rhyll Boat Ramp Facility in June 2021.

This project is fully funded by State Government through Better Boating Victoria (BBV) with a seawall component funded by Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). Bass Coast Shire has been providing project management services since its inception through concept planning and development of construction plans. Council will continue to led the delivery of the construction program over the next 19 months.

The total project cost is over $5 million. The majority of funds have been provided from the State Government’s $47.2 million investment to make recreational boating better in Victoria. This program invests in improving and upgrading the current state of regional boat launching facilities to improve safety, accessibility, capacity and functionality. The program supports practical projects that predominately benefit improving boat launching conditions in regional areas that involve boat ramps, car parking for vehicles and trailers, jetties and pontoons.

Council has appointed Simpson Construction Co Pty Ltd to upgrade the car park, seawall, boat ramp lanes, jetties and pontoon works in Beach Road Rhyll, as part of Council’s adopted Capital Works Program.

This project will be delivered over the next two years - with land-based works and seawall (Stage 1) this year and marine-based construction (Stage 2) to take place in February/March 2022, to minimise disruption during the peak season.

Stage 1 works are expected to start June 2021 weather permitting, with the ramps open for usage early September 2021. It is anticipated that the part of the seawall and the carpark will remain a construction zone until completed later in 2021, whilst the playspace and final seawall works are being completed. The aim is to have the ramps open between 1 September 2021 and February 2022, to allow the boating facility to remain operational over the peak summer season.

Council recognises that it can be a challenge to deliver the necessary works and not affect the residents and boat ramp users, especially when much of our work is determined by favourable weather conditions, contractor and supplier availability and any COVID-19 restrictions.

Benefits for the community

This boating facility is requiring rehabilitation and upgrade to provide a vital recreational facility for the Rhyll community and summer season visitors to Phillip Island. The project will also include the construction of two new jetties with two new pontoons, further increasing the ramp’s capacity. The seawall is failing and is in urgent need of repair. The car park will be upgraded, to improve traffic flow and include a dedicated boat wash down area. The project will improve access and safety for the boating community and support the businesses, community groups and social benefits associated with recreational boating.

What to expect

The project will include but is not limited to:

  • Replacement of the existing three-lane boat ramp with three new lanes extended further into Western Port, to permit all-tide launch and retrieval operation
  • Two new fixed jetties to replace the existing jetty, new fish cleaning tables and two new larger floating pontoons to replace the existing pontoon
  • Reconstruction of the existing car park to provide 39 larger car/trailer unit spaces, with improved traffic management, a boat wash-down bay and improved public lighting
  • Replacement of the masonry seawall with a new seawall and pedestrian pathway along the eastern edge of the car park
  • New dedicated kayak/yacht/canoe facility for non-powered craft
  • Replacement of the existing playground with a new playspace constructed to current standards
  • Landscape planting.

Staying informed

The community, local residents, businesses and other stakeholders will be kept up to date with the project via Council’s website and letter box drops or mail outs where appropriate.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Plans

The Concept Plans of the Rhyll Boating Facility Upgrade are attached below;

Preliminary Plans of the ramps, jetties, pontoons and carpark can be view below;

Detailed Plans of the ramps, jetties, pontoons and carpark can be view below;

The Concept Plans for the Playspace at the Rhyll Boating Facility Upgrade site are attached below;

More Information

For more information about this project go to Rhyll | Better Boating Victoria

Contact Information

Better Boating Victoria have established a Community Reference Group made up of key stakeholders from the local community. The role of this group is to provide feedback on issues relating to the upgrade. The following members of the Community Reference Group can be contacted for information on the project:

Albert Abram – Rhyll-Phillip Island Angling Club

0413 034 701

Steve Walker – Boating Industry Association of Victoria

0466 918 368

Cheryl Overton – Rhyll Slipway Trust

0427 680 483

Jim Kiley – Rhyll Community Association

Mark Membrey – Representative of the Rhyll Yacht Club

Linda Marston – Island Voice