Detailed design work has commenced for the replacement of two finger jetties at the Port Bouvard Marina boat ramp to improve access and safety for users, with site works to commence in March.
The $400,000 project will see the existing two fixed timber jetties demolished and replaced with new modern floating jetties that will be significantly wider and longer to allow for easier vessel launching and retrieval.
Work on site will begin in March and be staged to allow users continued access to the busy ramp.
However for safety reasons during essential piling work and installation of the jetty pontoons scheduled for April, jetty access will require suspension intermittently for short periods.
Users will be notified of the closure times in advance and it is expected that work on the jetty upgrade project will be completed by the middle of this year.
About 35,000 boat launches are made from the dual ramp each year, making it one of the busiest in the Peel region.
As stated by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
“This $400,000 upgrade will see the replacement of two finger jetties, which will improve safety and limit congestion at this popular facility.
“It’s estimated there are around 35,000 launches a year from the dual lane boat ramp, making it one of the busiest in the Peel region.
“The Department of Transport is working closely with the Eastport Canal Waterways Advisory Group and other stakeholders to ensure the significant improvements are made with minimal disruption to the thousands of skippers who use this popular ramp.”
As stated by Dawesville MLA Lisa Munday:
“Dawesville is home to some beautiful waterways, and we love to get out on the boat to enjoy them.
“This is a popular facility which when complete, will mean more people can use the boat ramps and enjoy the water, especially those with disabilities.
“I can’t wait to see work get underway and I’m pleased to be a part of a McGowan Government who is delivering for Dawesville.”