Project Summary

Bass Coast Shire Council (Council) wishes to advise the start of boat ramp upgrade works at the Mahers Landing Boat Ramp facility at Mahers Landing Road, Inverloch. This project is fully funded by State Government through Better Boating Victoria (BBV). Council will provide project management services for the delivery of this exciting project.

The total project cost is in the order of $4.2 million. The funds have been provided from the State Government’s Better Boating Fund to provide for recreational boating improvements across Victoria. The Better Boating Fund returns licence and registration fees paid by boaters into delivering major ramp upgrades, more all-abilities boating facilities, grants programs to boost boating access, boating safety initiatives and much more.

Council has appointed Simpson Construction Co Pty Ltd after a competitive open tender process to undertake Stage 1 Marine works which includes construction of a new boat ramp, fixed jetty, and a rock revetment structure. This project will be delivered over two stages – with the marine based works (Stage 1) to start early September 2023 and is expected to be completed in early 2024, subject to favourable weather and tides, contractor availability and material supply.

Council will advise of the Land based works (Stage 2), in due course which will include an upgrade to the carpark area and construction of a new toilet block. Council recognises that it can be a challenge to deliver the necessary works and not affect the residents and facility users, especially when much of our work is determined by weather and tidal conditions.

Key Dates

Project Update - November 2023

The major components of construction are underway on upgrades at Mahers Landing boat ramp

Steel piles have been manufactured and are on site ready to be driven over the next few weeks.

All up there are 72 of the piles, which will provide support for the new boat ramp and jetty that will extend out into deeper water.

With heavy machinery on site, the old ramp has been closed for boat launching. If you’re looking to get out onto Anderson Inlet, Inverloch boat ramp is the nearest ramp to launch at.

While construction will take several months, project managers Bass Coast Shire Council will work to make the ramp available over Christmas.

Stay tuned for more updates.

This boating facility is requiring rehabilitation and upgrade to provide a vital recreational facility for the community and summer season visitors to the area.

The project will also include the construction of a new fixed jetty and two-lane boat ramp to further increase the ramp’s capacity.

The car park will be upgraded, to improve traffic flow and include 52 new car-trailer parking bays and five (5) car spaces. The existing boat ramp will be retained for small watercraft.

The project will improve access and safety for the boating community and support the businesses, community groups and social benefits associated with recreational boating.

The total project cost is in the order of $4.2 million. The funds have been provided from the State Government’s Better Boating Fund to provide for recreational boating improvements across Victoria.

  • No access to the boat ramp from late September 2023 to the completion of the project.
  • Site fencing will be in place restricting access and encompass the worksite. See site layouts attached.
  • Boat ramp users will need to seek alternate boating facilities for boat launching during the construction period. Alternative boat launching facilities are located at Inverloch, Venus Bay, Corinella, Rhyll and Newhaven. For more information on local boat ramps please visit
  • The carpark will be partially closed, while limited parking will be available on north side for the public.
  • Pedestrian and windsurfer access will be made available to the east side beach and toilet block.
  • Appropriate traffic and pedestrian control measures will be implemented onsite. Variable Message Signs (VMS) will be in place to advise the closure of the facility during the works. This will be a construction zone and for your own safety and others, there will be some access restrictions, including complete closure of parts of the facility. Limited emergency access will be provided.
  • The project will result in noise and vibration from heavy plant and machinery used for construction, including offshore pile driving, earthwork, pavement construction and use of trucks and cranes for removal or delivery of materials.

Location of Works