Boating Facilities Working Group active with recommendations to council

City of Victor Harbor councillor Bryan Littlely is proactive in having greater amenities at the Bluff Boat Ramp for users.
City of Victor Harbor councillor Bryan Littlely is proactive in having greater amenities at the Bluff Boat Ramp for users.

Boating Facilities Working Group has presented a list of recommendations to the City of Victor Harbor which will improve amenities at the Bluff Boat Ramp.

It moved successfully for consideration be given in the 2020/21 capital budget for indented parking on Franklin Parade, CCTV at the Bluff Boat Ramp, the relocation of Franklin Parade public toilets to the Bluff Boat Ramp and additional vehicle/trailer parking at the Bluff Boat Ramp.

City of Victor Harbor councillors Andrew Robertson and Bryan Littlely spoke favourably of the recommendations for other elected members to consider.

"It is visionary and we need to make decisions on this very important infrastructure, Cr Robertson said.

Cr Littlely said it was a busy area at the Bluff Boat Ramp.

"We need to offer adequate toilet facilities at the boat ramp. CCTV will give council asset protection, as well as protect users of the ramp and users also need toilet facilities," Cr Littlely said.

The Boating Facilities Working Group highlighted that the Bluff Boat Ramp is not coping with the current demand. Boat ramp use has and continues to grow and the current infrastructure is not sufficient to handle this increased use.

The Boating Facilities Working Group suggest that it would be better to provide a second alternative boat ramp such as Eastern Beach.

As tasked by the City Activation and Strategic Planning Advisory Committee, the Boating Facilities Working Group has progressed with developing concept design options for additional vehicle/trailer parking at the Bluff boat ramp.

Actions to date include the installation of portable toilets at the Bluff Boat Ramp during peak season (20/12/2019 - 31/01/2020).

Councillor Andrew Robertson at the Bluff Boat Ramp.

Councillor Andrew Robertson at the Bluff Boat Ramp.

The Boating Facilities Working Group advised council that Jagger Road reversed angled parking for additional vehicle/trailer parking at the Bluff Boat Ramp, which was implemented, however it was not heavily utilised.

A site visit was undertaken on November 19, 2019 to investigate the possibilities for long term overflow parking options and the Boating Facilities Working Group identified three long term options for additional car parking at the Bluff Boat Ramp.

It was noted significant community and environmental concerns may arise from all three options. The three long term options identified were land behind Whalers Inn, building out into the sea on the southern side of the Breakwater and building out into the sea on the northern side of the Bluff Boat Ramp.

The Boating Facilities Working Group noted the implementation of one of these long term options may take a number of years and suggested in the short term the installation of indented car parking along the eastern side of Franklin Parade be investigated.

This indented car parking would allow for up to 27 additional car parks depending on length.

Detailed survey of Franklin Parade has recently been undertaken to enable concepts for indented parking along Franklin Parade to be developed.

The Boating Facilities Working Group has commenced the review of the 2004 Victor Harbor

A boating strategy has developed an immediate, short term and long term wish list to address the concerns at the Bluff Boat Ramp.

The immediate actions that can be undertaken within existing budgets include signage directing pedestrians/cyclists to the shared pathway not through the car park, signage that advises the car park is for boat ramp users only, priority boat launching lane on boat ramp, sea facing signage installed on pontoon advising retrieving vessels where to line up.

The short term items for consideration in next financial year include construction of indented parking along Franklin Parade, installation of CCTV at the Bluff boat ramp (including footage available online), possible relocation of the permanent toilet facilities from Franklin Parade/Whalers Road corner to Bluff boat ramp, investigation into a differential rate for users of the boat ramp.

The long term items that are proposed to be incorporated into the updated Boating Strategy include installation of additional pontoons in particular on the northern side of the ramp, infill the beach area on the northern side of boat ramp and construct additional boat ramp parking, installation of wash down bay at the ramp, progress with development at Eastern Beach to reduce demand on Bluff Boat Ramp.

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