A $2 million upgrade for the ever-popular Little Beach boat ramp is on the way, with works set to begin in May 2021.
The makeover will include a new raised boat ramp as well as new accessible toilets, beach showers and improved pedestrian access.
Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer says the boat ramp upgrade is thanks to a grant from the NSW Government’s Boating Now program.
“As one of the most popular boat ramps in NSW, we know this upgrade at Little Beach will be put to good use.
“I know it can’t come soon enough for many in our community who love to enjoy the water at this incredible place.
“This upgrade will see us overhaul the existing ramp by raising it and making it longer for easier launching. This means less bogged cars and a better experience for all of our local boaters and visitors.
“Luckily, there are plenty of other boat ramps in Port Stephens and we encourage people to use Shoal Bay, Soldiers Point and Lemon Tree Passage during this time,” he said.
NSW Maritime Acting Executive Director Andrew Mogg said the work to improve safe and easy boating access to the Karuah River was another great example of the NSW Government’s continued investment in boating infrastructure.
Transport for NSW provided $1.67 million for the project under the $98 million Boating Now program which provides funding to improve maritime infrastructure and facilities for recreational and commercial boaters across NSW.
Council’s Community and Recreation Coordinator Brock Lamont says accessibility improvements to the Little Beach area will be made at the same time.
“Little Beach already has some great accessible facilities and we’ll be adding to this with the construction of new accessible amenities and improved pedestrian access.
“We’ve planned works for the quieter winter months so that all of our boaters and fishers will be ready to launch off the new ramp in time for the warmer weather,” he said.
Little Beach boat ramp will be closed from May to August 2021 for the works.