Construction is now underway on a long-awaited and much-needed upgrade of the West Beach Boat Ramp providing better and safer access for recreational fishers and boaties.

The $4.9 million project, expected to be completed in December 2021, is part of the Marshall Liberal Government’s $20 million commitment to upgrade jetties, boat ramps and boating facilities across the state.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Corey Wingard, said for safety reasons the upgrade must be completed during times of least tidal variations and swell.

“These vital works are desperately needed but couldn’t be undertaken during the winter months when storms and high seas occur more frequently,” Minister Wingard said.

“We understand that closing the ramp while works are being carried out will be inconvenient but the end product will be worth it.

“The Marshall Liberal Government made a $20 million commitment in the 2020-2021 State Budget to upgrade boat ramps and jetties across South Australia over three years, supporting approximately 80 full time equivalent jobs during the construction period.

“The West Beach Boat Ramp is an integral piece of infrastructure for the recreational fishing and boating community and this much-needed upgrade will improve safety for those who enjoy getting out on the water.”

This week is also National Safe Boating Week, raising awareness of safe boating behaviours across our waters and reminding boaties to keep their boat in good condition and obey speed limits, including when near other vessels or people in the water.

“We know how much South Australians love to make the most of our pristine marine environment and we believe this West Beach Boat Ramp upgrade will encourage even more people to get out on the water, which will have a significant flow on effect to local businesses,” Minister Wingard said.

“This upgrade will also benefit local emergency sea rescue operations, including SA Police Sea Rescue and the SA Sea Rescue Squadron which use the boat ramp as their main launch facility.

“We thank the local community and fishing and boating enthusiasts for their patience and cooperation while these essential and exciting upgrade works are being undertaken.

“Although there will be some short-term inconvenience, the end result will be a fantastic outcome for all users.

“The Marshall Liberal Government is building what matters to improve safety, support businesses and create jobs for South Australians.”

The upgrade works include:

  • Replacement of the ramp surface
  • Extension of the boat ramp
  • Minor rock works to the inner northern breakwater to provide better protection to the ramp
  • Minor maintenance and remediation works on steel piles

While these works are being undertaken, up to 250,000 cubic metres of sand will also be delivered to West Beach as part of the State Government’s $48.4 million Securing the future of our coastline project.

Boats can continue to launch from other similar facilities including St Kilda, O’Sullivan Beach, Garden Island, North Haven and Largs North.

Further launching options are listed at www.sa.gov.au/topics/boating-and-marine/Mooringsmarinas-ramps/who-owns-boat-ramps

“This National Safe Boating Week is a good time to remind the community that no matter how often you take to the water it is vital that your boat is regularly serviced, maintained and undergoes safety checks to keep it in tip top shape,” Minister Wingard said.

“Safe boating also means sticking to the signed speed limits and exercising respectful marina behaviour.”

For more information on National Safe Boating Week, visit www.marinesafety.sa.gov.au