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Boating hub a step closer

PORT Welshpool could become a boating hub in South Gippsland, if the marine precinct plan released last week is adopted.

The plan aims to revitalise the region and township through foreshore enhancement and marina development, as well as provide safety improvements to marine infrastructure.

Three areas would be created along the Port Welshpool foreshore, which would help separate recreational and commercial users.

Area one would be constructed next to the Long Jetty and would include a new boat launching ramp, a commercial space for a cafe and information centre, and a 155 berth marina.

Area two would involve enhancing the beach between the new marina and the existing boat ramp and commercial facility.

Area three would see the redevelopment of the existing boat ramp, wharves and ferry terminal.

It would see the decommissioning of the existing boat ramp for public use, an upgrade to the Coast Guard’s facilities and the possible relocation of the Port Welshpool Maritime Museum.

South Gippsland Shire Council is seeking community feedback on the plan from now until Friday, December 15.

Primarily the plan will ensure user safety with the separation of commercial and recreational users, with room to expand the commercial port.

This is expected to improve visitor experiences, particularly with the Port Welshpool Long Jetty to be completed in 2018. Council’s manager planning Paul Stampton was pleased to see the plan ready for public comment.

“The Port Welshpool marine precinct plan works through some of the challenges that have affected the precinct for development,” he said.

“This will allow for any interested developers to consider the region for investment by removing the additional need for further scoping of the area.

“We encourage anyone interested in the plan to have their say and to make a submission, if development does occur as a result it will boost the economy for Port Welshpool and South Gippsland.”

Port Welshpool’s Peter Rose said the plan looked interesting, but the focus of the development was at the wrong end of the town.

“It is not anywhere near the business precinct. We will lose some of the beach and it is facing the wrong way, into the worst weather,” he said.

“If they put it at the eastern end of the town, it would tie in with the commercial sector and they could have the marina on one side and the commercial side on the other.

“Development is a great thing for the area. I just wish they would consult with the right people. Admittedly it is a draft plan, but they should get it right.”

Mr Rose said he will be attending the community drop in session to be held at the old ferry terminal on Monday, December 4 to have a proper look at the plan.

“It was a tricky document to read online,” he said.

Individuals can make a submission about the plan in writing to council@southgippsland.vic.gov.au or South Gippsland Shire Council, Private Bag 4, Leongatha, Victoria 3953.

For more information about the Port Welshpool marina project please visit www.southgippsland.vic.gov.au/pwmarina.

 

New project: South Gippsland Shire Council Crs Maxine Kiel and Ray Argento inspected the Port Welshpool Long Jetty recently. The Port Welshpool marine precinct plan has now been released and council is calling for public comment.

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