Increasing the size of the Westport Boat Ramp

Consultation has concluded on this project and work is currently underway

Do you launch yourself into the water at the Westport Boat Ramp, to throw a line or to spend your day enjoying yourself on the local waters? Then this project will be of interest to you.

Council is currently in the process of widening and upgrading the boat ramp and improving the car parking area to better meet the needs of our local community. To keep disruption to a minimum, work is happening in 3 stages.

Stage 1.
Upgrading the car parking area, footpath to the pontoon and relocating the fish cleaning table to run alongside footpath.

Stage 2.
Widening the ramp and replacing the planks.

Stage 3.
Reinstating the existing boat launching pontoon and installing a second one on the northern side.

Need more information?

  • Have a look at the timeline for work in the Lifecycle on this page.
  • Boat Ramp Locater - shows the location of the other boat ramps nearby.
  • Like to see on a map the fish table location
  • If you have a question about this work, ask it in the Q&A section on this page.
For more information about this project contact Council on 02 6581 8111

Do you launch yourself into the water at the Westport Boat Ramp, to throw a line or to spend your day enjoying yourself on the local waters? Then this project will be of interest to you.

Council is currently in the process of widening and upgrading the boat ramp and improving the car parking area to better meet the needs of our local community. To keep disruption to a minimum, work is happening in 3 stages.

Stage 1.
Upgrading the car parking area, footpath to the pontoon and relocating the fish cleaning table to run alongside footpath.

Stage 2.
Widening the ramp and replacing the planks.

Stage 3.
Reinstating the existing boat launching pontoon and installing a second one on the northern side.

Need more information?

  • Have a look at the timeline for work in the Lifecycle on this page.
  • Boat Ramp Locater - shows the location of the other boat ramps nearby.
  • Like to see on a map the fish table location
  • If you have a question about this work, ask it in the Q&A section on this page.
For more information about this project contact Council on 02 6581 8111
CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
  • I have notice that the NEW ramp goes out the same length as the present ramp. With the new ramp do you know that it will make it really hard for any large vessels to dock at the present other ramp (north) due to wind and river current. You really need to get on a large vessel/yacht and see what I mean. It is seems that who ever drew up these plans has never been on the water or driving a large boat. It will be a nightmare when a large vessel to try and come in and be moored at the other ramp (north). Remember boats do not have brakes. Maybe shorten the new second ramp. Not everyone owns a 4 metre boat

    The Skipper asked about 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    When developing a plan local boating organisations were consulted on the preferred design. This included organisations such as The Blue Water Fishing Club and Marine Rescue. During this consultation groups were able to review the plan and comment on the upgrade design.

    Larger vessels wishing to moor at the pontoon on the northern side of the boat ramp are encouraged to approach the pontoon from the upstream direction.

  • Thanks for answering my original question. Two more please. One, is there any provision for more lighting?? I, like many others, launch my boat pre-dawn and the ramp on the eastern side is all but impossible to use in the dark as you just can't see the ramp and where you are reversing. There is only one light at the moment of the western side which doesn't cover the eastern side. Two, in the car park layout, after launching, cars with trailers will turn right into either section and then have to reverse their trailer into the allocated spots. "Vehicles with boat trailers rear to kerb". Again difficult in the dark. The line markings are 'pointing' westward. It would be a lot easier if the lines pointed eastward and cars with trailers then could drive in 'nose to kerb' and reverse out when they have to retrieve their boats. Thanks, can't wait till its all finished.

    Geoff Shelton asked about 3 years ago

    Thanks again for your questions Geoff.

    At this stage is there no plan or budget for additional lighting in the car park however lighting will be upgraded on the new and existing pontoon.

    The reason for orientating the car park spaces in the westward direction is to enable vehicles with trailers to drive into the parking area and reverse into the parking space. During the design phase discussions with local fishing and boating organisations, it was considered easier and safer for rear to kerb parking.

    At present Council has on public exhibition the Council Plans and budget for 2016-2017. If you would like Council to consider additional car park lighting I would encourage you to write a submission requesting Council to consider this in next years budget. This does not guarantee that it will happen, but all submissions are considered.

    Thanks

     

  • Does the Council plan to improve the boat washdown facility, at Westport Boat Ramp? At present, there is only one washdown pad, which is not a drive through setup, requiring the vehicle and boat to reverse out when the washdown is completed. It is located near the children's playground area which poses significant risk of running over children and reversing into moving vehicles. A better solution would be to have a double, side-by-side pad (with 2 taps in between the concrete pads) with the exit being in a forward direction

    Travers asked about 3 years ago

    Hi Travers,

    Just a quick note to say that we haven't forgotten about you. A response to your question and suggestion will be added this week.

    Thanks for your patience

    Update to response 11 May

    At this point in time no funding is available for wash down bay improvements, however this could be considered in the future.

    There are some works to the car parking area, including improved line marking and signage, however major works have not been factored into this site.

  • 1. Is there a plan of the final configuration of the boat ramp and car park? 2. Will there be dedicated trailer parking? 3. Will there be toilet facilities available which are currently non existent. The toilets in Westport Park are too far away and often locked. 4. What is being done about the dangerous situation of pedestrians being funnelled off the pathway running along Westport Park directly into the path of reversing cars with trailers. 5. What is being done to improve waste disposal especially in holiday times. Currently there is only one garbage that is overflowing on most weekends. 6. Has an audit/traffic analysis been done on whether we really need more lanes on the boat ramp?

    Frankst asked over 3 years ago

    Thank you for your questions Frankst.

    As pointed out by another participant, there has been a delay in your response while we chase up the various sections for answers to your questions.

    We hope to have a full response by the middle of next week.

    Thank you for your patience.

    May 11 Update - with responses.

    Q1. The car park plan and boat ramp plan have now been added.

    Q2. As you will notice on the car parking plan, there will be more formal parking which includes trailer parking.

    Q3. The need for a toilet and amenities in this area and has been identified as part of the Crown Lands Plan of Management for Westport Park. At this time no budget has been allocated by either Council or the Crown for new amenities on this site. 
    Note: the nearby Westport Park amenities accessible toilet is always open and available for use.

    Q4. Thank you for raising this issue, we will look further into this.

    Q5. Again thank you for raising this. This has been forward to the waste management section to consider increasing the frequency of emptying this bin.

    Q6. The boat ramp was assessed under the NSW State Government Mid-North Coast Regional Boating Plan with Council's involvement. Feedback was received from boating stakeholders, the general public and Council, as well as advice from maritime infrastructure experts and local Roads and Maritime Services (RMS). Based on current use and forecast growth in population and participation in recreational boating, the Westport Boat Ramp was assessed as one the priority projects for the Port Macquarie-Hastings.

    Thank you once again in your patience whilst we gathered responses.

  • Why don't you answer questions on this page. I think this is a total sham and just a front to make it look like you want feedback. The last answer was 20 days ago. I will be going to the media with this.

    Whatever asked about 3 years ago

    Thanks for the reminder Whatever.

    Do you have a particular question that you wish to have answered?

  • The life cycle states the boat ramp will be closed from 1st June to 8th July. Is this correct? Will the ramp be totally inaccessible for the five weeks?

    Geoff Shelton asked about 3 years ago

    Thanks for your question Geoff.

    Yes your dates are correct. The life cycle states approximate, as work has to be planned around the tides and the weather. 

  • How many extra lanes will there be when the work is finished?

    over 3 years ago

    Two extra lanes are being added as well as a second pontoon.