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Hastings dredging planned for next March
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Hastings dredging planned for next March

Hastings boat ramp

Mornington Peninsula Shire plans to begin dredging at Hastings boat ramp in mid-March next year. In a statement, the Shire said the work, which was originally scheduled to be completed in July or August this year, was delayed due to the unavailability of the dredging contractor, the work’s impact on the peak fishing season, and COVID-19 restrictions.

“Dredging will deepen the channel and accommodate the recently upgraded boat ramp, ensuring boats and watercraft can safely access the area in all tides,” the statement said. “The upgrade, completed last November, extended the length of the previous boat ramp by 6m and provided a connecting walkway to the existing floating pontoon. The next steps include dredging to provide improved access and the installation of a second pontoon.

“Consultation has been undertaken with the community, boat ramp users and marine ecology experts to ensure the Shire is minimising impacts to the environment while continuing to provide safe access for boats. Channel dredging is expected to take approximately 10 weeks and is dependent on weather conditions. The impact to those using the boat ramp will be minimised as much as possible, with full closure of the ramp estimated at five days. The closure will take place mid-week at a time of low usage while dredging at the end of the ramp is carried out. During the remainder of the dredging period, the ramp will be open with occasional lane closures. A waterway management plan will be in place to guide boats while dredging is occurring.”

Construction of the second pontoon will begin once the dredging work is complete. The new pontoon will mirror the existing one on the southern side of the boat ramp. There will be partial closures of the boat ramp during construction.

Mayor Despi O’Connor said: “The rescheduling of dredging at Hastings ensures the works will not coincide with the upcoming fishing season, including the Westernport Angling Club’s Whiting Challenge. The views of the local community, boating groups and marine ecology experts have been considered to minimise impacts on the environment while also providing safe access for boats.”

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