Swan Hill boating and fishing enthusiasts can look forward to using a new, two-lane concrete boat ramp this spring.
Contractors will remove the existing Milloo Street boat ramp from Monday and start the eight-week re-build. Additional long vehicle parking will also be built.
Swan Hill Rural City Council Mayor Ann Young said the community would be pleased to see the project start.
“We have had some delays with this upgrade, which have proved frustrating for us and for the community,” Cr Young said.
“But we are there now and I have no doubt that people who enjoy using the river in Swan Hill will be pleased to see this new two-lane ramp built,” she said.
“The community called for a new boat ramp and other improvements to this area as part of the Swan Hill Riverfront Masterplan, and now we will be able to deliver it.
“It’s also important from a tourism perspective to have high quality facilities for people using the river.”
The existing boat ramp will be closed for the duration of the upgrade, expected to be about eight weeks. Council waited until winter to complete this work, in an effort to minimise interruption.
New toilets will be built on site, with work on those to take place at a later date.
During the Swan Hill boat ramp closure, anyone wishing to access the river by boat can use ramps on Brooks Lane, Pental Island; Oswin Road, Beverford; or River Street, Nyah.
The $360,000 project is thanks to funding from the Department of Transport Boating Safety and Facilities Program, the Victorian Fisheries Authority Better Fishing Facility Program, and Council.