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MEDIA RELEASE - Upgrades to local boat ramp and fishing facilities

27 August 2019

Recreational anglers can now enjoy access to revamped facilities within the Local Port of Portland Bay thanks to a series of upgrades.

Council has committed funding to improve the North Boat Ramp facilities which will see the installation of a new fish weight station and upgrades to the fish cleaning tables at the popular venue.

The state of the art North Boat Ramp facility currently offers a four lane ramp, eight fish cleaning tables, fish waste bins, trailer wash down area and purpose built designated parking for 70 vehicles and trailers.

Local Port of Portland Bay Manager Scott Easson said the upgrades will ensure Portland continues to remain one of the state’s premier fishing destinations.

“The recreational fishing industry is incredibly important for our region, with data highlighting that the pastime injects up to $12 million into our local economy every year,” he said.

“The improvements to the North Boat Ramp will entice more keen anglers to our region, as well as allowing current users to continue to access ultramodern facilities.

“The upgrades will see Teflon based tops installed to the existing fish cleaning tables, as well as a new fish weight station, which will be operated by designated permitted users via the Glenelg Shire Council Local Port.

“We are anticipating that the improvements will be completed and ready for public use by the end of September, ready for the peak summer visitation period.”

Mr Easson said the upgrades will see the North Boat Ramp become the facility for anglers at the Portland Foreshore.
“Based on Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning recommendations council will be removing the Boat Ramp South Fish cleaning facilities,” he said.

“Removal is scheduled to take place during September.”

The North Boat Ramp facility upgrades follow a landmark agreement between the Glenelg Shire Council and the State Government which has seen all day parking tickets scrapped to provide for growing demand of recreational fishers and their oversized vehicles.

The new free all day parking arrangement coupled with the facility upgrades will ensure Portland remains a leading destination for recreational fishing.

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